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The Difference Between PET and Polycarbonate Chair Mats

When it comes to chair mats, there are a lot of choices to make. Do you want a recycled PET mat or a Polycarbonate mat? What’s the difference? Which is better for your office? Keep reading to find out!

Chair mats have been around for a long time, but with the rise in people working from home since 20202, we've begun to notice that office chairs aren't great for our floors. Investing in an office chair mat can help keep your floors, whether carpeted or hard, in tip top condition for years to come.

So you know that getting a Chair Mat is a good idea, but which one should you get? Why are they made from different materials and which one is best for you?

The Difference Between PET and Polycarbonate Chair Mats

Chair Mats can be made from a variety of plastic-based compounds, but two of the most popular types are Recycled PET and Polycarbonate.

Recycled PET Chair Mats

Recycled PET Office Chair Mats (Straight Edge) - Carpeted Floors

PET is a material that is also used for making drinks bottles, packaging and other everyday products.

The material is strong, flexible and ideal for light-duty use. Recycled PET also has high chemical resistance and is resistant to graffiti, alcohol and acid. This will allow it to stay clean and to be maintained more easily without heavy scrubbing or harsh cleaning products.

Summary: We recommend Recycled PET Chair Mats for occasional use in home offices.

Polycarbonate Chair Mats

Polycarbonate Chair Mats for Low Pile Carpet Floors (6mm to 9mm)

Compared to PET, polycarbonate has lower chemical resistance but excels in other aspects. This material is designed to withstand heavy weights, temperature changes and, as a bonus, it is fire resistant as well.

Since it is good at withstanding temperature changes, this material is ideal for places with underfloor heating. Choosing PVC in these circumstances could result in the material cracking and getting damaged.

Polycarbonate is also super strong: it is used to make windscreens on fighter jets and for bullet-proof glazing, and if this cannot protect the floor from your chair than nothing can. Because of its exceptional qualities, this material tends to be more expensive than most and is thus not suitable for every budget.

Summary: Polycarbonate is the strongest material a Chair Mat can be made from, making it the best choice for constant use in busy offices.


So, which is the best chair mat for you? If you’re looking for an environmentally friendly option that will last and can be used frequently, a recycled PET chair mat would be a good choice. However, if you’re looking for something extra durable that can withstand heavier traffic, a polycarbonate chair mat would be a better option. No matter what your needs are, we have a range of office chair mats to choose from so you can find the perfect one for your space.