- Businesses can select mats that match their needs and decor. While rental companies offer a pretty limited number of styles, sizes, and colors, businesses who buy mats can find the perfect mat for their specific needs, even adding logos to mats that also effectively pull dirt and moisture from the bottom of customers' shoes.
- Newly-purchased mats are more effective. Rental mats may be as many as ten years old. This can make them both unattractive and less able to stop dirt and water at entrances.
- New mats are less expensive. A customer can purchase a mat for $100, while renting that same mat, including weekly service, will run about $150 per year. Rental companies may argue that having employees clean a mat takes up time they could spend doing something else, but cleaning mats is not very time consuming or difficult. If a business has a cleaning service already, this issue becomes moot.
The perceived inconvenience of mat maintenance.
It should be noted, though, that cleaning mats isn't difficult. All they need is routine vacuuming and periodic deep cleaning with soap and water. Plus, some rental companies don't even keep up with mat maintenance, making the reasonable choice abundantly clear.
As mentioned before, the mats you can buy are more advanced and more effectively carry out the purpose of an entrance mat, especially if you invest in a three-mat system, including a scraper, scraper/wiper, and wiper mat. For more on why a three-mat system is better than generic, all-purpose rental mats, check out this video from mat manufacturers, The Andersen Company.