If you’re looking for a professional look to your office space whether in your home office or at work then you’ve probably considered using a chair mat at one point. Whether you’re sitting for hours or moving around all day in your office chair it’s important to keep your work area looking sharp.
Office chairs are notorious for damaging the floor, tearing apart traditional office chair mats, and causing discomfort when you’re sitting for long periods of time. The common solution for years has been plastic chair mats but with the amount of use traditional office environments require, plastic mats aren’t lasting as long.
Plastic chair mats are temporary solutions because they have to be replaced often, become discolored, and warp over time. Ideally the office chair mat you buy looks clean, professional and lasts for years which is why in recent years there has been a massive shift towards glass chair mats.
The best glass chair mats should last over 15+ years and won’t lose their original shape while allowing you to glide across the surface with ease.
In this article we’re breaking down the benefits of using a glass chair mat vs a plastic mat. Here’s what we’re covering:
- What is a Glass Chair Mat
- Cost of a Glass Chair Mat vs Plastic Plastic Chair Mat
- Benefits of Using a Glass Chair Mat vs Plastic Chair Mat
- Increased Floor Protection
- Better Style and Appearance
- Customizable Sizes
- Longer Lifespan
Let’s get started:
What is a Glass Chair Mat
Glass Chair Mats are considered the highest quality chair mat you can buy for your office. Standard features include ¼” glass thickness, 100% clarity (Chiaro/Luminoso), clean/beveled edge that blends with the floor and rated to hold an excess of 1,000lbs on any surface. Glass chair mats are designed to last for decades if not forever while preventing scratches to your floor commonly caused by office chair casters.
Cost of a Glass Chair Mat vs Plastic Plastic Chair Mat
It’s easy to base your decision on which chair mat to buy based on costs but depending on what your needs are, this decision can cost you a lot of money in the long term.
Pricing for office chair mats are based on the material they’re made from:
- PVC (Cheapest)
- Polycarbonate (Affordable)
- Glass (High Quality)
PVC mats are replaced often, discolor quickly, can ruin your floors and look unprofessional over time. The upfront savings of choosing the cheaper material can result in a constant battle replacing overused mats.
Polycarbonate is strong plastic that’s all around us and in common use for products we use every single day. Similar to PVC, polycarbonate is not engineered for use on every floor and susceptible to cracking when overused. Paying a few hundred dollars for a desk chair mat that eventually needs to be replaced doesn’t make much financial sense in a large office building.
Glass mats (tempered glass mats) are high quality and as a result the most expensive mat you can buy. However most come with a lifetime warranty, can be used on any floor, blend in with any office and are environmentally friendly. If you’re looking to buy a high-end, reliable chair mat once and forget about it forever either for yourself or an entire office building glass is the best solution.
Glass Chair Mats
Plastic Chair Mats
|Never dent promise
Solid ¼" thick
||Wears out quickly
||Curled up edges
|Beautiful clear glass
||Dull, gray vinyl
|Last chair mat you'll need
Benefits of Using a Glass Chair Mat vs Plastic Chair Mat
1. Increased Floor Protection
But what makes glass so adept at protecting the floors of office workers? Glass Chair Mats are suitable for any type of surface including:
Your floor mat won’t get damaged by either the carpeting or hard floor below; Glass Chair Mats are designed to adapt to all flooring. Glass Chair Mats are also designed to withstand weight and lots of it. Each part of the mat is reinforced, allowing workers to roll to the edges, the middle, and all over the mat without risk of denting or breakage.
When glass chair mats are heat-treated, they become four times stronger than regular glass of the same thickness. While this strength protects function, Vitrazza’s signature seal protects visual appeal. It makes the glass resistant to scratches, dents, etchings, and other blemishes common in vinyl office chair mats.
Often, customers purchase office chair mats expecting to replace them every few years. While it’s true that vinyl has limited usage, glass is meant to last longer. It lets people work comfortably and roll freely, all while protecting the ground below.
PVC, or vinyl mats are known to be affordable, lightweight and thin. That’s why most professionals would recommend them only in offices that are lightly used. Vinyl mats are thin which is why they won’t work on heavy carpeting and mostly recommended on hardwood floors. However since they’re thin it’s more likely you’re replacing the mats more often. Polycarbonate is a durable material that can take heavier weights but on a heavily carpeted floor it’s prone to crack.
Best Chair Mat for All Surfaces
Tempered glass is the most durable and expensive of all the materials we mentioned. But it’s considered the most environmentally friendly since it will outlast all other chair mats. Glass mats are made for every single surface and can protect your floors and carpet no matter what kind of office you’re working in. Tempered glass has anti-fatigue properties meaning not going to bend, crack or lose its shape regardless of how many years pass, what surface it sits on or how many chair wheels roll over it.
2. Better Style and Appearance
Glass Office Chair Mat
If you’re the one that has chosen the furniture and décor in your office there’s no doubt you’ve done it with an attention to style. Maybe you’ve spent good money on an executive desk or hardwood floors in your home office. Or if you’re in a corporate office, you’ve probably invested quite a bit in commercial carpet, furniture, artwork, and even ergonomic accessories.
So don’t throw a cheap, vinyl chair mat on your floor. You can add style and long-lasting floor protection to your office with a glass chair mat. Available in two attractive clear glass options: Chiaro (Standard clear glass with a slight tint) and Luminoso (Ultra clear glass with a bright edge).
Plastic Chair Mat
Plastic mats look great when you buy them, they’re bright and clean but after a few months or even a couple of years the mat loses its shine. Plastic mats are prone to scuffs, fading, and dents which make it uncomfortable to work with.
Eventually your chair mat begins to look like this and it becomes time to replace it. Chances are it does already...or it will soon enough. Everyone knows that plastic chair mats wear out in just a short time, leaving you feeling stuck and trying to scoot your chair casters through dents and cracks. But more than that, it gives your office or workspace a worn-out feeling. Who wants that?
3. Customizable Sizes
Plastic office mats are limited in sizes and might not fit your unique office design. To cater to most people, plastic chair mats come in a standard set of sizes. However glass chair mats can be made to order in any size or shape including square, rectangular and circular shapes. Plus a tab or multiple tabs can be added to fit under multiple desks.
Creating unique glass mats allows the mat to fit the shape of the office and integrate seamlessly without looking out of place. All you need to do is measure your workspace and send in your measurements.
4. Longer Lifespan
Glass Chair Mats are a compelling alternative to plastic mats because they're durable and long-lasting. A plastic chair mat can protect your floor for a short time, but it will wear out and need to be replaced. Dents, cracks, and curled up edges are a sure bet.
Our mats are strong because they’re made from our trademarked Tufver Glass™. It’s our trademarked combination of Vitrazza glass, with Invisible Shield Pro15 Nano-Tech coating to help resist fine scratches from office chair wheels. It makes the glass easier to maintain, improving the crystal clear clarity and overall appearance of the product
It improves the natural characteristics of the glass without changing its physical appearance or transparency. Ultimately it creates an anti-corrosion and scratch-resistant glass surface that adds longer life to the finished product. Which is why unlike plastic chair mats, Vitrazza offers a Limited Transferable Lifetime Warranty a lifetime warranty that covers against any defects or design flaws that would cause it to break while in place on a flat floor
While office chair mats don’t seem like they have a difficult job – after all, they just lay there – they must withstand daily wear and tear. Why? Because, according to Science Daily, the average office worker spends nearly six hours a day sitting. Therefore, mats must be durable.
Not all mats are, of course – they dent and crack and get out of whack. But Vitrazza Glass Chair Mats are designed to maintain a smooth surface and remain durable.
Glass Chair Mat should not break from the typical impacts that can be expected in an office i.e. dropping a stapler, a coffee mug, a computer etc. In fact, it can be hit with a hammer and is very unlikely to break (don't do this for fun!). So what you get is an extraordinarily tough chair mat, that will never get dents or ruts and that looks much more stylish than vinyl or polycarbonate chair mats.