What is the Difference Between Residential & Industrial Heated Floor Mats?
By now you’ve done your research to understand which snow removal method is right for you and have decided that heated floor mats make the most sense. HeatTrak offers two types of mats - Residential and Industrial - to suit our customer needs. In order to find out which mat is best for you, here are the three questions you need to ask yourself:
HOW MUCH TRAFFIC DO MY WALKWAYS RECEIVE?
The rubber material that is used for the Industrial Mats is more durable than the thermoplastic material used in the Residential Mats. As a result, the Industrial Mats are better suited for high traffic areas such as industrial parks, university campuses and high-density office buildings with hundreds of people walking on them every day. The Residential Mats are meant to handle a few people a day and are better suited to residential uses.
WHAT SIZE DO I NEED?
The Residential Mats are perfect for homeowners and small businesses. The two main applications come in 2 sizes - 20" x 60" (50.8 x 152.4 cm) walkway mat and 10" x 30" (25.4 x 76.2 cm) stair mat. These sizes are ideal for average driveways, walkways, staircases and storefronts. However, they will likely be too small for most industrial applications.
The Industrial Mats come in a variety of lengths and widths and can be made in custom sizes for large orders. In contrast to the Residential Walkway Mats that need to be daisy-chained together to cover large areas, the Industrial Walkway Mats come in large enough sizes to cover large sections of walkways without the need for multiple connector cables.
For example, to cover a 20 foot (6 m) long walkway with the Residential Walkway Mats, you will need 4 mats - each with a connector cable to allow them all to operate on a single plug. With the Industrial Walkway Mats, you can purchase 1 mat that is 20' (6 m) long and have no connector cables along the walkway. Keep in mind that if you do want to daisy-chain, the Industrial Stair Mats do daisy-chain together as the connectors lie off to the side of the staircase and are not a safety hazard
DO I HAVE THE RIGHT POWER SOURCE?
Residential Mats operate on 120 Volt. Industrial Mats can be manufactured to operate on either 120V or 240V current. However, the 36" x 20' ( 0.9 x 6 m) mat can only come in 240V since it is so large. HeatTrak often makes custom size mats for customers' specific applications. It is best to call HeatTrak with voltage questions for all custom size mats.