What Are WeatherTech Floor Mats Made of?
We often receive questions from customers asking roughly the same two common questions. What are WeatherTech® floor mats made of? What makes WeatherTech floor mats better than other types of floor mats on the market? A common factor that contributes to the answer for both of these questions is that our floor mat materials are made right here in America! In fact, the majority of the materials we use to make our products and even the equipment used to make our products come from other companies around the United States. So you know we’re using the highest quality materials to make the highest quality custom-fit automotive accessories, right here in America.
WeatherTech uses a patented High-Density Tri-Extruded (HDTE) material to create our FloorLiners. This material features a more rigid core, which helps strengthen the product so it can stand up to any mess you throw at it. The HDTE material comes in large sheets that are then heated in a large industrial oven. Once these sheets are heated to the correct temperature, they are pressed over the FloorLiner mold and then vacuum sealed down onto cooler metal’s surface. This process is called Thermoforming. It not only ensures a high quality final product but also allows the FloorLiner to cool quickly, thus maintaining its shape and quality. Once the FloorLiner has been cooled, it is removed from the mold, and if necessary, some minor additional trimming may occur before it is ready for sale!
All-Weather Floor Mats and All-Vehicle Mats
WeatherTech actually uses a slightly different material for its All-Weather Floor Mat and All-Vehicle Mat (AVM®) products. The material is an advanced rubber-like Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) and contains no latex, PVCs, cadmium or lead, and just like the FloorLiner material, it is still 100% recyclable. Mats made from this more malleable material must go through a different manufacturing process. WeatherTech All-Weather Mats and All-Vehicle Mats are both created using injection molding. During injection molding, the different pieces of the metal mold are pressed together and the molten material is directly injected and then quickly cooled. When the mold is pulled apart, the resulting product is freed from the mold and is ready to go!
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