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Floor mats for hire

To rent or not to rent, that is the question.

If you’ve got a one-off event or special project coming up, you might be considering renting mats, instead of buying. There are pros and cons to both, so you should consider your needs and goals very carefully.

Being a mat shop, we don’t hire out mats, but we can point you in the direction of the people that do. Here are our recommendations for rental companies with floor mats for hire:


Bog mats for hire: Kennards Hire

To hire bog mats, we only ever recommend one place: Kennards Hire. They stock grounds mats in various sizes and hire them at a very reasonable rate.

For events, bog mats are the best way to move vehicles and machinery across delicate grass. They form a sturdy temporary road that protects the ground from damage while also providing a safe route for heavy and expensive machinery.

In conservation, ground protection mats allow access for studying and repair, without compromising the site being conserved.


Floor mats for hire: ALSCO

For general matting rental, ALSCO is our recommendation. ALSCO offers matting to suit a wide range of applications, including anti fatigue mats, entrance mats and safety message mats.

One of our favourite things about ALSCO is that they offer branded logo mat rental. You don’t have to worry about cleaning because ALSCO mats are freshly laundered once a week and replaced with another mat while you wait.


Should I buy or rent floors mats?

Deciding whether to rent or buy can take time. You need to consider how much you want to spend, as well as what you want to achieve from the project you need your matting for.

Customers often think they’re better off renting if they only need a mat temporarily, but this is not always the case. Here are some of the benefits of both options:


Benefits of renting

  1. Convenience

The main non-financial benefit of renting your floor mats is that you don’t have to be responsible for cleaning. You also don’t have to worry about your mat breaking or becoming ineffective, as that responsibility lies with the rental company.

Overall, if you don’t have the time or money to organise cleaning and replacing mats yourself, renting is an easier option.

  1. Lower initial cost

The other – arguably more attractive – benefit of renting your mats is that it costs less initially. You can hire out non slip mats for less than $10 a week, with more specialist mats costing a little more.

That figure seems great when you compare it to the cost of buying a similar mat brand new. Our smallest branded non slip mats cost around $100, and you are likely to need something larger.


Benefits of buying new mats

  1. Cost

You might be thinking ‘didn’t you have cost on the rental list?!’ but the cost-saving benefits of buying your own mats are different.

While the $10 a week rental fee seems much better than the 10-100 times more you might spend on your own mats, bought mats do tend to save you money in the long run. Depending on how long you need your mats for, that $10 a week will cost you $1000 in just under 2 years.

  1. Quality

Cost aside, buying your own mats outright guarantees you a better-quality product. Your rental mat will definitely not be new, and it usually shows in the quality of the mat. Brand new mats look fresh and smart, and you can clean them as often as you like.

Rental mats are thinner than those you can buy because they are cleaned in a washing machine that needs them to be flexible. This means they wear out over time and there is no guarantee you will get a good quality mat.


When to rent?

There are a couple of scenarios where we would recommend renting over buying.

  1. One-off, short-term events

If you only need your mat for a short time, the rental fee may not have time to add up to much. Work out how much you are likely to spend in total and compare this to the cost of the mat if you buy it outright.

If the cost of the new mat is significantly higher than your total rental cost, a rental might be a cost-effective option.

  1. Temporary safety feature

In areas that have not yet had their permanent safety features installed, renting safety matting is a good interim solution. For example, while you wait for non slip flooring to be installed on a ramp, temporary matting can prevent accidents.

If you are waiting for your fancy safety signs to be delivered, safety message matting is a great alternative.


When to buy?

We generally recommend buying new matting for any of the following applications:

  1. Long-term installation

As with renting, you can work out which is the more cost-effective option by adding up the total you expect to pay over the entire rental contract. If the cost of buying the mat is anywhere close to or less, you are best off buying a nice shiny new one.

  1. Recurring events

Even if your events a typically short-lived, you still might be better off buying your mats – as long as you have somewhere to store them. Using your own mats repeatedly lets you maintain brand consistency as well as control over your image.

  1. Style-conscious applications

The main benefit of buying mats is the quality. Rentals are less well maintained in every industry but this is especially true when it comes to matting. Older mats tend to ripple and look worn much faster than mats you own – which is understandable as they get a lot of use!

If you want to clean your own mats every day, you can. But if you rent them, this might not be an option. Cleaning your mat is easy, but make sure you follow the right direction for your material. Coir, for example, needs to be dried completely before it’s put back to use. For a general overview of mat cleaning, check out our door mat cleaning instructions.


Rent or buy: it’s your choice.

We get it, sometimes you just need to hire a mat. We won’t hold it against you, and we always want to be as helpful as possible. So, hopefully, one of the businesses listed on this page can help you with your mat hiring needs.

But, if you ever need to buy a mat outright – you know where to look. Our friendly matxperts are always on hand to help you with your mat buying need. So, give us a call on 1300 628 746 or reach out using the chat function below.

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