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 plastic 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 dent, 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, right? That's why Vitrazza pioneered the industry for Glass Office Chair Mats, the premium alternative to worn-out plastic mats.
Vitrazza Glass Chair Mats will last a lifetime, and won’t dent, crack, curl or lose their original shape. They enable you to glide across the surface with ease.
Here are the benefits of using a Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat vs a plastic mat.
- What is a Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat
- Cost of a Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat vs Plastic Chair Mat
- Benefits of Using a Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat vs Plastic Chair Mat
- Increased Floor Protection
- Better Style and Appearance
- Customizable Sizes
- Longer Lifespan
What is a Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat
Vitrazza Glass Chair Mats are considered the highest quality chair mat you can buy for your office. Standard features include:
- ¼” thick tempered safety glass made in the USA
- Coated with Invisible Shield Pro15 to resist fine scratches
- Made by spec to hold over 1,000lbs.
- Furniture-quality polished edges with a Mini-Bevel
- Stabil-a-Dot Bumper System
- Transferable Lifetime Warranty
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 Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat vs Plastic Plastic Chair Mat
It’s easy to base your decision on which chair mat to buy based on cost but depending on what your needs are, this decision can actually cost you more 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 made of thin, flimsy vinyl and will end up being replaced often. They also discolor so they'll be unsightly and look unprofessional pretty quickly. The upfront savings of choosing vinyl can result in a constant battle replacing worn-out mats.
Polycarbonate is a stronger plastic and therefore a little more expensive than vinyl. Similar to PVC though, polycarbonate is not engineered for use on every floor and susceptible to cracking when overused. Paying a hundred dollars or more for a desk chair mat that still will look worn-out and then need to be replaced doesn’t make a lot of financial sense.
Finally, the premium alternative, Vitrazza Glass Chair Mats, cost a little more upfront but they're super high quality and will likely be the last chair mat you'll ever buy. They come with a Transferable Lifetime Warranty. 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 Office Chair Mats by Vitrazza are the best solution.
Glass Chair Mats
Plastic/Vinyl/Bamboo 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
|15+ Years of use!
||1-4 Years of use.
Benefits of a Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat
1. Better Floor Protection
What makes Vitrazza better at protecting office floors from the damage that can be done by chair wheel casters?
First, a Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat is designed to work on any floor type without buying a different model. In fact, you can forget about plastic spikes, we've designed an ergonomic and adaptable solution to 'mat creep'. The Vitrazza Stabil-a-Dot Bumper System, included with every order, provides three separate bumper options and a diagram for proper placement. The system will work on each of the following floor types:
- Hardwood Floors
- Low-pile or Berber Carpet
- High-pile Carpet
- Luxury Vinyl Plank
- Laminate Flooring
- Ceramic Tile
Second, because Vitrazza Glass Chair Mats are made of solid 1/4" thick tempered safety glass they never dent or crack - meaning your floor is never exposed to the office chair casters which will cause damage.
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
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 Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat. Even though they're known for being durable and long-lasting, they're also beautiful! They come standard with 3" radius corners, furniture-quality polished edges and a Mini-bevel. The look of clear glass itself will make you feel like you're in a million dollar office! Vitrazza offers two extremely attractive clarity options too, Chiaro Standard Clear and Luminoso Low Iron Ultra Clear. See the difference below.
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. Vitrazza also stocks popular sizes in our Prima Collection, but in addition we can create a design made to order.
A custom Vita Collection design from Vitrazza will enable you to perfectly outfit any unique space, or special desk. it will integrate seamlessly without looking out of place. All you need to do is measure your workspace and send in your measurements.
4. Longer Lifespan
Vitrazza 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 tempered safety glass and Invisible Shield Pro15 Nano-Tech coating. IS Pro 15 makes the glass easier to maintain, improving the crystal clear clarity and overall appearance. And it will improve 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 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 – most have to withstand significant daily wear and tear. Why? Because, according to Science Daily, the average office worker spends nearly six hours a day sitting. Therefore, office mats must be durable.
Not all mats are, of course – they dent and crack and they're uncomfortable to roll on. But Vitrazza Glass Chair Mats are designed to last a lifetime with a smooth surface and look good doing it!
BTW, in case you're wondering...a Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat won't 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 dent and that looks much more stylish than vinyl or polycarbonate chair mats.