Barrier Matting Systems

An effective barrier matting system, when correctly specified, will help to minimise the risk of slip accidents caused by wet flooring, reduce maintenance costs and improve the appearance of internal floorcoverings by significantly reducing the amount of dirt and moisture tracked into a building.

Gradus barrier matting cannot only be used at a building's entrance and access points but also in other areas that are subject to increased risk of soiling and heavy wear.  In many cases the optimum performance is achieved by combining different types of barrier matting.  Download the illustrative guide that shows where matting can be used.

In line with The Building Regulations and British Standards, barrier matting is required to help provide safe access for all users of buildings, including wheelchair users, in line with the Equality Act 2010.


Gradus Barrier Matting Catalogue

Brochure - Boulevard Matting

Catalogue - Matting - Full

Create Safe Floors Leaflet

Gradus Matting Guarantee - 2011

How to specify matting

LRV Booklet with Colour Sheets - February 2013

Where to use barrier matting

Why use matting?

Ranges Available

Gradus Primary Barrier Entrance Matting

External primary matting removes excess dirt prior to entering a building using a scraper wiper and increases the effectiveness of internal primary and secondary matting.  Internal primary matting uses a combination of scraper and textile wipers to remove and retain dirt and moisture to prevent ingress to adjacent floorcoverings.

Additional Heavy Duty Entrance matting for very heavy traffic areas we offer

Our products can withstand the heaviest of foot traffic and are designed for situations such as shopping centres, grocery retail, airports, Train Stations, larger schools and universities.

We have a number of different primary solutions to suit most entrance needs. from aggressive dirt collectors such as Smart Scraper to all in one products such as the Tyre Tile.

Tyre Tile

Tyre Tile incorporate recycled tyres as wiper strips within the products. Everyday 100,000 tyres are taken from cars, vans, trucks, buses and bicycles, what happens to them? Until recently most were either dumped or burnt, both of which are extremely harmful to the environment.

Tyres that are illegally dumped in the countryside or in landfills are virtually impossible to break down due to the synthetic and chemical materials inside them, and when burnt these cause dense smoke and toxic fumes, many of which cause a damaging carbon footprint, Tyre tile has little impact on the environment and comes from a 100% recycled or recyclable source. This gives us, the manufacturer, and you the consumer, the opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint by not using raw materials from source


Made from tough aluminum extrusion, Frameworks comes with 4 types of insert to suit most types of walked in dirt and moisture, levels of foot traffic, colour schemes and budgets. With its unique semi open construction, Frameworks will collect more dirt than other similar closed tread systems.

Frameworks are made from a heavy duty aluminum frame and flexible PVC connector bars. There are 5 different types of inlay material for different types of application.

  • 1. Rubber for exterior applications
  • 2. Platoon Brush for heavy duty dirt removal
  • 3. Platoon Premier for all round moisture and dirt prevention
  • 4. Platoon Absorber range of products for ultimate moisture absorbency

FB rib for dirt and moisture removal

Smart Scraper

Co-extruded PVC profiles combine the strength of the hard PVC with the soft, flexible and anti-slip profiles. The PVC profiles are separated by aluminum scraper bars. The unique interlocking system minimises the components used and enhances the strength and flexibility of the mat.

Smart Scraper is ideal for use in 

  • • Supermarkets
  • • schools
  • • outside areas (covered by a canopy)
  • • Offices

Ideally Smart Scraper should be used in conjunction with one of our secondary entrance matting products

Secondary Barrier Carpet

Boulevard secondary barrier carpets are made from high performance textiles to provide an effective surface for the removal and retention of dirt and moisture from pedestrian and wheeled traffic to prevent ingress to adjacent floorcoverings.

Boulevard can be used in conjunction with primary matting, co-ordinating with Esplanade Plus, Esplanade 1500 and Access, for a complete entrance solution.  Alternatively, Boulevard can be used as a stand-alone product in the following areas:

  • • Some entrances and access points
  • • Circulation areas subject to heavy traffic and heavy wear such as staircases, reception areas, lift lobbies and internal entrances such as factory to office areas
  • • Targeted areas at risk of spillage and soiling such as canteen / vending areas or breakout areas within an office environment.

Plastex entrance matting range

Plastex Frontrunner entrance matting system responds to several objectives:

  • • Remove moisture, grit and dirt (as well as mud and snow);
  • • Retain this external detritus, while stopping it penetrating the interior and soiling the adjacent entrance surfaces;
  • • Be of sufficient area that it relates to the strides taken by people entering the building and their different footwear;
  • • Remove or conceal the residual dirt from the surface so that it is not tracked in by the next person;
  • • Facilitate cleaning and/or removal of the residual dirt so that it can easily be returned to its original state;
  • • Look pristine and complement the interior.

To achieve all this, a primary exterior and a secondary interior matting are needed, perhaps even a tertiary one. In extreme cases, you will need to vary the materials by starting with a brush system underfoot for aggressive cleaning and gravitate through an open grid onto a carpet-like surface.

Slip resistance for entrances

Up to 80% of dirt entering a building is taken in on the soles of shoes or on the tyres of wheels. Plastex high performance entrance flooring systems will keep busy entrance halls clean and safe by effectively scraping away dirt, protecting internal floors, minimizing the risk of slipping and effectively reducing cleaning and maintenance costs.

Plastex Brochure Entrance Matting

Primary matting and soil removal

The first mat stepped on will scrape and remove most dirt; it must be stepped on at least once with each foot – at least a 2m run.

Secondary matting and moisture removal

The secondary matting largely removes moisture and dries the shoes. In theory, this means a longer run of matting – 5-6m in the direction of traffic is optimum.

Standards and regulations

The Frontrunner Entrance Flooring System has been designed to comply to the standards of BS 7953: 1999 - Entrance Flooring Systems – selection, installation and maintenance. Part 4 states:

The majority of soil entering a building originates from the soles of people entering a building. Other sources are the wheels of vehicles, for example wheelchairs and wind-borne soil. The amount of soil brought into a building varies according to the weather and external conditions, such as building work.

The function of the entrance flooring system is to:
- Reduce the incidence of slipping accidents by reducing the amount of soil and moisture tracked onto hard and resilient floors;
- Prolong the life of interior floors by reducing the ingress of soil into the interior floors/floorcoverings;
- Reduce cleaning requirements of internal floors by reducing the ingress of soil into the interior floors/floorcoverings.

To fulfil these functions an entrance flooring system should have the following qualities:
- Removal and retention of soil;
- Ease of cleaning and maintenance;
- Retention of physical characteristics.

Part 5 of this standard continues:

- The entrance flooring system should scrape, wipe and retain, whilst making contact with both feet of people entering the building and, in the case of wheeled traffic, with the circumference of the wheels.

The Disability Act 1995 (c.50)

The above act also has a major impact on how entrance matting is to be specified. This is set out in:

BS8300: 2001 Building design and approach to meet the needs of disabled people – code of practice. Clause 9.1.3 states:
- Floor surfaces should be slip resistant to give a firm foothold and good wheel grip under all wet and dry conditions.