When the weather is good, the great British countryside is truly unbeatable. Perhaps that’s why in 2015, 15.39 million camping and caravan trips were taken in the UK (Source: Great Britain Tourism Survey) with many holiday makers making more than one trip away per year. But with over 3,000 Caravan and Camping Sites in the UK, the facility owners need to make sure that their sites and facilities provide the highest standards to keep customers coming back every year.
Using high quality floor mats can help campsite owners to make the right impression for their guests, as well as improving safety in all areas including reception areas, wet rooms and play areas. Our buying guide below offers a selection of excellent floor mats that we believe to be the best choices for caravan and campsite operators.
One of the best ways to keep floors clean inside a building is by keeping the dirt outside. It sounds obvious, but entrance mats used indoors work by trapping dirt and moisture in their fibres so regular cleaning is needed to stop the grime spreading further around the building. Using an entrance mat outdoors as well can keep most of the dirt outside, allowing the indoor mat to just remove the moisture and residue keeping internal floors clean for longer.
Our EntraGuard, with it’s pattern of large holes or “wells”, scrapes larger pieces of dirt and mud away from shoes and hiker’s boots keeping it isolated in the mat area. Made from rubber, it is naturally heavy so won’t move about underfoot, maintaining good safety practices for your campsite.
It’s easy to understand why people who enjoy spending their time in the countryside also care about the well-being of our environment. So why not impress your guests with an entrance mat that is made from 100% recycled materials. The fibres on our RenewMat began life as plastic bottles, with the rubber base being made from old car tyres.
These mats don’t just make an environmental statement either; they are hard-wearing, crush resistant and excellent at absorbing moisture making them a great addition to any entrance area especially where visitors may be bringing the elements along with them. With RenewMat, you can help the environment whilst enjoying the benefits of a highly functional great value entrance mat.
According to a survey conducted by campsites.co.uk, 64% of their campers said that showers and toilet blocks were the most essential facilities in a campsite. So, using appropriate matting in these areas is crucial if you want guests to have a positive feeling towards the facilities. Our top two recommendations for wet area mats are;
The AquaDeck tiles are a versatile matting product suitable for all types of wet room and shower area. Made from PVC, they are durable and water resistant whilst adhering to internationally recognised slip resistant requirements. The clever raised design aids the flow of water underneath the mat, ensuring users have a safe and grippy surface to walk on.
Each tile measures 30cm x 30cm, and any number of tiles can be used for whatever size floor area needs to be covered. Optional edge and corner pieces are also available, allowing you to complete the mat in a neat and safe finish.
If you need to cover a larger floor area, then our AquaStep may be of interest to you. The 60cm wide matting is available in 15m long rolls or choose a size you need, and we will ship it to you cut to length. The AquaStep mats are made from PVC which has been treated to reduce fungal and bacterial growth for excellent hygiene.
The mats can be rolled up for easier cleaning underneath it and for wider floor areas, the rolls can be joined together using our optional connector clips. Choose from a range of colours for a mat that matches the colour scheme of the campsite whilst keeping your campers safe.
Caravan and Camping holidays are popular with families, so play areas are another feature commonly found in campsites. Using rubber matting around these areas can help to keep children safe by reducing the risk of slipping and making the ground softer for when they inevitably do fall over. Our rubber PlayProtect mats feature a pattern of holes which is ideal for areas where the mats need to be sunk into the ground, allowing the grass to grow through.
Our PlayProtect mat is tested to a critical fall height of 1.0m in accordance with BS EN 1177-1998, helping campsite owners to comply with their legal duty of care for their guests of all ages. The mats are also UV resistant to prevent discolouring or deterioration when being used outdoors.
The products mentioned in this buying guide are just a small handful of mats that we believe will be ideal for Caravan and Campsites, but we have a huge range of matting available each with their own features and benefits, so please browse the various product categories to see what else we can offer. We also have experts on hand to assist you with enquiries, so please don’t hesitate in contacting us if you need advice or simply have any questions about our products.
With free samples available across a huge range of matting, it’s easy to see why so many businesses have made First Mats their first choice for floor matting.