Aluminum Door Mats

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Aluminum door mats have a great deal to recommend them. Any door mat does of course, as a friend of mine once commented on looking, for the first time, into the hallway of the condominium building I once lived in. "Have you wondered," he asked, "why your downstairs neighbors don't have door mats but all of you on the second floor do?" I recall this because, remarkably, shortly after that it seemed everyone had a doormat.

The variety of materials and styles is amazingly wide. You've got coconut fiber door mats, rubber door mats, aluminum door mats, wooden door mats, and straw doormats. The bottom line of a great and serviceable door mat, however, comes down to three qualities. First is durability. Second is how well it keeps dirt or sand or snow from getting in the front door. Third is how well it reflects your style and hospitality.

Aluminum Door Mats as a Decor Feature?

If you're thinking of aluminum as a pale and malleable metal, you're not off the mark. However, you might be surprised to know that cast aluminum is very nearly as strong as steel, and is just as durable. Its weight-to-strength ratio is impressive. Furthermore, it never rusts. It cannot rust, though it may oxidize a bit over time. Aluminum also takes finishes and paints especially well, particularly when they're applied by powder-coating--a technique that involves applying the paint or finish while the metal is actively charged with electricity.

Another particularly telling design characteristic with bearing on aluminum door mats is how workable they are. Chances are good that if you're not in a historic district, the wrought iron you think you're looking at is in fact cast aluminum. As you browse online vendors you'll see a great variety of patterns, from ornate Victorian florals, to geometric filigree work, to verdigris pineapple motifs, and far more.


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