Best Outside Doormats - do you buy inexpensive mats to replace each year, or make an investment? It depends...
Your outdoor welcome mat can seem like such a minor accessory for your home, but it's really the first impression you make for your visitors.
There are many inexpensive door mats on the market from which to choose. But when you think about all the hard work a front entrance mat has to do, and how it protects your home, maybe going economical is not the best choice.
Top 5 Reasons You Need a Hard-Working Welcome Mat
1. Mud, dirt, water. Basically, bad weather. A good doormat will take off that first layer of dirt, grime and... yuck that you don't want in your home. It's the first level of protection.
2. Reduce carpet & floor maintenance. Excess dust and dirt brought into your home can settle right into carpet fibers causing wear and tear, permanent staining, and sometimes irreparable damage from debis (I'm looking at you, shiny wood floor). Outdoor mats can help reduce the amount of carpet and tile cleaning you need to undertake.
3. Indoor air quality. Who knows where those shoes have been? A good wiping off on a solid doormat will help reduce the contaminents that make it into your home and air flow.
4. Vanity. No one thinks a soggy, tired doormat looks good. Many inexpensive doormats wear out fast against Mother Nature's harsh elements. The best doormat will make your doorstep cheery and welcoming... and put up with lots and lots of bad weather and traffic.
5. Odor, mold, bacteria. The wrong type of outside doormat can really stink... literally. Keep your home fresh with a doormat that resists water.
The trick to finding the best doormat for you is to balance style, function, and durability.
Q: What is a standard size for an outdoors door mat?
A: As for front door mats, go big. A nice bold statement mat can really improve the curb appeal of your home. Flank it with planters, outdoor seating, gardening accessories, and baskets to create a warm & welcoming persona for your home.
Single door/back doors: 18" x 30" is standard doormat size.
Door with sidelights: 24" x 36" is a standard door mat size for this type of doormat, however 21" x 33" makes a nice statement as well.
Tip: Measure your door with the sidelights, grab a piece of chalk and mark both 33'" and 36" width measurement and take a step back. Be sure to arrange any planters as you would once your doormat is in place. This tip has helped hundreds visualize - and love - the doormat size they choose.
FUN ACCESSORIES TO MAXIMIZE YOUR FRONT DOOR CURB APPEAL:
Q: What is the best material for an outdoor door mat?
Outdoor doormats must be made of heavy, weatherproof material. Avoid lightweight mats that can easily be disrupted by the wind. Do not select mats made wtih natural fibers which will retain water and rot. Doormats must endure sun, salt, mud, sand & snow and still look great.
Good Old Rubber:
Maybe not the prettiest of mats, but good old rubber tends to top the list of popular doormat materials. Rubber is one of mankind's greatest inventions - it's tough, durable, waterproof and flexible. The only drawback is that rubber is only suitable for moderate temperatures; outdoor rubber mats tend to harden and crack over time when exposed to frigid air.
Best for: modern/industrial looks
Rope doormats come in a variety of styles, weaves, and durability. Some rope doormats are made with soft synthetic fibers, such as polyolefin rope. These mats are soft to the touch, lightweight, and flexible. While these mats work well they tend to move around easily when wiping your feet, which is sometimes frustrating. If your 18 x 30 rope doormat weighs less than 5 lbs it is going to feel very insubstantial to you.
Best for: quick, inexpensive doormat changes.
Lobster Rope Doormats:
If you are looking for durability and stability, consider a heavy rope such as polypropylene.
What is Lobster Rope?
Lobster Rope is heavy-gauge polypropylene fishing rope that is designed to tether lobster traps in the ocean. In order to stand up to the harsh sea elements - sun, salt, water, storms - the nautical rope is manufactured to be super durable and resistant to water, mildew, and mold. Because of these characteristics, it makes an excellent choice for products useds outdoors, year-round.
Lobster Rope Doormats hold up to heavy traffic and easily trap snow, mud, and sand, which flows right through them. Because the rope is so heavy-weight, each doormat weighs 6-10 pounds, based on size. Lobster Rope Doormats are also mildew, water, and insect resistant. You clean them by simply shaking them out or hosing them down. An added UV protectant helps against fading and each doormat is fully reversible. Just flip it over for a brand new mat. Lobster Rope Doormats are recommended for non-skid surfaces such as concrete, patio, carpet, poolside, and more.
Best for: ourdoor doormats available in both vivid nautical colors and earth tones, lobster rope is extremely versatile for any decor. Lobster rope doormats last for years.
Cast iron metal doormats are typically more decorative than functional and come in a variety of elegant designs and silhouettes that match the distinct style of your home. A cast iron door mat will last for years and has rubber feet to prevent the doormat from slipping out of place or standing in pooled water.
Fabric or Carpet Doormats:
Best for indoor use, synthetic or natural fabrics doormats include cotton, wool, nylon, acrylic, cotton blend and polyester. Fabric doormats can be braided, tufted or woven and reflect a myriad of colors and patterns. They’re generally easy to clean - just throw them in the washer if they are small enough, shake them free or dirt outside or vacuum them - and are versatile decor enhancers. (Lifehack: since some fabric doormats look like regular rugs, they make great "concealers" if you have a stubborn carpet stain or broken kitchen tile you want to hide and forget about fixing).
We have mixed feelings on these mats. While at first they seem so versatile, if you live in an area that gets a lot of weather you may find yourself replacing this type of doormat more often than you like.
The Takeaway: 4 Essential Tips to Remember
When shopping for your next outdoor doormat just remember MATS:
M: Material must be weatherproof & water-resistant. (you will truly thank yourself later)
A: Average doormat size for single door 18 x 30/ 24 x 36 for door with sidelights.
T: Time; save yours by choosing a doormat that can be used year-round.
S: Sun: choosing a doormat with added UV protection will help slow the fading process in high-sunlit areas.
Top Selling Lobster Rope Doormats