The most iconic anti-fatigue mat – Diamond-Plate – may look the same, but the difference is in what you don't see.



Choosing the right anti-fatigue mat can be daunting. Do a quick Google search and you’ll be inundated with page after page of matting choices.  Take for instance the most iconic anti-fatigue mat – Diamond-Plate.  These mats all look the same – the same rugged pattern in the same color assortment.  What you may not realize is that the tough-looking top surface isn’t so different from one matting manufacturer to the another. The difference is what you don’t see.

If you flip over any of those anti-fatigue mats, you’ll see the real powerhouse – the spongeThat’s what matters and that’s where dual-layer mats like those differ.  Understanding how these anti-fatigue mats differ greatly reduces the likelihood of buyer’s regret. 

As with any product, there’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits all” solution.

What may be the right choice for one facility is completely wrong for another. It’s no different with anti-fatigue mats. Operations, environments, and goals vary. 

Facilities with multi-shift operations, high foot traffic, unique layouts and need to reduce their purchasing cycles require an anti-fatigue mat manufactured using a high-quality, nitrile-blend sponge.  

Facilities with single-shift operations, lower foot traffic and basic layouts should consider an anti-fatigue mat with a blown-PVC sponge. This type of matting has a shorter life but comes with a lower price. 

Facilities with a tight budget, light foot traffic or have an eco-friendly initiative should consider an anti-fatigue mat using a sponge base made exclusively from recycled materials.

The next time you’re faced with purchasing an anti-fatigue mat, be sure to do your research and chose one with a sponge base that aligns with your unique needs.

Wearwell is the only manufacturer that offers diamond-plate matting with 3 unique sponges, each with distinct advantages (i.e. performance, rebound, value, customization, price point, sustainability, slip resistance, anti-slide, etc.) These options allow customers to align their unique needs with the right anti-fatigue mat.

You can read up and familiarize yourself with Wearwell’s diamond-plate anti-fatigue options, but sometimes you need to see and feel before you commit. That’s precisely why Wearwell offers samples free of charge.

Author – Taunya Swandal, Wearwell Brand and Content Manager

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Founded nearly 70 years ago by two World War II veterans, Wearwell is a U.S.-based global manufacturer with sales operations throughout North America, South America and Europe. At our core, Wearwell designs and manufactures flooring and matting solutions that improve the bottom line and performance of our customers. We work to eliminate slips and falls, reduce absenteeism, improve productivity, heighten morale, and enhance the aesthetics in the workplace. Stand Strong with Wearwell!

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