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Q: “I just got a new truck, and I’m in the construction industry. With rain on the way and business picking up, I need some new floor mats. Any ideas on what I should be looking for?” – MM, Mentor, Ohio

A: Northeast Ohio weather is always dicey, and you just never know what the weather is going to hit you with from one day to the next. That’s why having floor mats that can handle all of the elements is important. It’s important to know that not all floor mats are the same, and in your case, you need a little more durability than the average vehicle owner. Let’s look at some important things to consider when picking out vehicle floor mats for your Ohio car or truck. 


Carpeting vs. All-Weather Floor Mats

If you’ve got a show car that you only bring out on the weekends in June and July, then a carpeted mat might look great and give you all of the performance you require. If you are driving a construction vehicle in Cleveland, you need something with a little more bite. The WeatherTech® mats that we sell at D&S Automotive are ready for the elements. Made from durable thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), these mats are made to resist damage from moisture as well as cold weather. They are easier to clean than the carpeted mats as well, and they have the potential to look much better over time.


Why Do the All-Weather Mats Have Channels?

Another big difference between cloth and all-weather mats are the deep channels or grooves that you see in the TPE mats. The grooves are designed to keep water on the mat and move it away from your peddles, so you won’t have deep pools of water forming under your feet. 


What About the Chemicals in the TPE Mats? Will They Make My Cab Smell?

Rubber floor mats in the past could sometimes cause an odor in your vehicle. They were often coated with dangerous paints and chemicals that could cause nausea and headaches if the driver was exposed to them for long periods of time. That is no longer the case with TPE mats like those produced by WeatherTech®. The TPE is basically odorless, contains no harmful PVCs, cadmium or lead and, believe it or not, they are even 100% recyclable. WeatherTech® has an eye on the environment while protecting you from the elements.


Are They One Size Fits All?

There are some cheaper floor mats out there that are “cut to size,” similar to insoles you would put in your shoes. The problem with these types of mats is that the interior of vehicle cabins varies quite a bit, and the cut-to-fit options often leave coverage gaps where moisture and debris can escape. The WeatherTech® mats that we sell are a custom fit for your make and model, making installation simple. 


How Often Should I Replace My Mats?

The WeatherTech® family of vehicle mat products carry a lifetime warranty. Obviously, prolonged exposure to chemicals like gasoline can impact the life of the mat and could potentially void out that warranty, but under normal conditions like those you see on most construction sites, you would be covered.


It’s time to get ready for spring and summer, and that means it’s time for WeatherTech® mats from D&S Automotive. Protect your vehicle and maintain the value of your vehicle with all-weather floor protection. Contact D&S today to learn more about our full lineup of WeatherTech® protection!

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