Anti Fatigue Rubber Floor Mats for Welding
Welding mats play an important role in not only keeping welders safe but also protecting the environment where you’re welding. These mats can prevent damage and burns to your floors, but they also contribute to worker comfort.
Qualities to Look for in a Welding Mat
You can choose from a wide selection of welding mats, but it’s important to pick the mat that’s right for your environment and the welding that you’ll be doing. You’ll want to choose a mat that features the following qualities.
It’s always important to choose a mat that’s suitable for the type of welding that you do. Whether you do MIG, TIG plasma arc, electron beam, laser, or gas welding, you’ll need a mat that’s resistant to sparks and flames.
Most welding mats are made of rubber, which resists sparks and flames. Rubber is highly durable, allowing the mat to withstand daily use, and making it a long-term investment.
Some mats also feature foam interiors to provide extra cushion. The rubber shell enhances the foam’s durability and remains easy to clean.
You’ll often spend long hours standing on your welding mat, so rather than just buying a rubber mat, consider one with anti fatigue properties.
Anti fatigue mats create enough cushion to encourage your calf and leg muscles to move slightly the entire time that you stand. This slight movement supports easier blood flow and increases your comfort.
Using a welding mat with anti fatigue properties can help reduce stiffness and pain, making it easier to work for longer hours. It can be a valuable investment in maximizing worker comfort and productivity.
Look for a welding mat with a surface that helps to maximize traction. The last thing you want is a slick mat that contributes to potential slips and falls.
Mats are available with many texture options, including diamond plate textures. These textures can help prevent slips while remaining easy to clean.
In addition to having a non-slip surface, it’s also important for a mat to have a non-slip backing. That non-slip backing lets you dry lay the mat on smooth surfaces without the risk of it shifting under workers’ feet.
Consider the floor that’s present in the area where you’ll be using the mat. Slick surfaces like concrete, vinyl tiles, and ceramic tiles will require a mat that has extra underside traction.
If you’re dry-laying a single mat in front of a workstation, then workers will need to step on and off of the mat repeatedly throughout the day. Some mats can be an inch thick, which can lead to a raised edge that creates a potential tripping hazard.
Look for a mat with beveled edges that create a smooth transition onto and off of the mat. These edges are an important safety measure, and they’re essential when you’re using a thicker mat.
Ease of Maintenance
In busy work environments, welding mats will see daily use. You’ll want a mat that’s easy to clean and maintain.
Most mats can be swept, allowing you to remove pieces of wire and other debris. You can also damp mop most mats for a more thorough cleaning.
A welding mat that you use in your home garage will see much less wear and tear than a mat used in an industrial environment. You’ll need to pick a mat that’s durable and strong enough for the environment where it will be used.
Since welding mats are made of rubber, they tend to be highly durable and able to withstand significant use. Many of our mats come with three, four, or even five-year manufacturer warranties.
Welding mats can vary in size, allowing them to fit a wide variety of installation types. You can buy mats that are just a few feet long and a few feet wide, which is ideal for use in a single workstation or a home environment.
For industrial settings where staff need access to larger welding areas, consider a larger mat or a custom-cut length. These larger pieces tend to be more secure, thanks to their increased weight, and they stick to the floor better in these high-traffic environments.
Investing in Welding Mats
Investing in welding mats can enhance your workplace in multiple ways. The mats offer valuable protection for your floor, helping to prevent burns and even fires that result from sparks.
That investment also has implications for your workplace and employee safety. Mats can help maximize traction on a slippery floor, potentially preventing slips and falls.
Mats also add comfort to the work environment, which may aid in employee retention and productivity. Investing in mats can demonstrate to employees that you value their safety and comfort, improving morale and the employee-employer relationship.
Whether you want to outfit just a few stations or want to add mats to your entire facility, Greatmats can help. We offer a wide selection of welding mats, and our customer service team is ready to help you choose the product that’s best for your needs.