Floor Mats and Liners
Maximum Floor Protection: Floor Liners
Whether you’ve been on the job site all day or out hunting or hiking in the woods, your shoes have gone through some disgusting shat that you wouldn’t want smashed into your floors at home nor your truck’s upholstery. You need some protection against the elements (and your muddy boots). Your pickup likely came with some generic carpet mats. But you’re here for some more Epic shielding against wear and stain. With so many options to choose from and multitudes of manufacturer terminology, how can you find the product you want with the level of armor you deserve? Let us walk you through the lingo.
A Barrier Against the Grime
All of our floor mats provide some ammo against dirt and destruction, but the rarity levels do vary. Just looking to replace a couple coffee stained original mats. Carpet floor mats (which we don't carry) offer only noob effective coverage. Have a kid or a significant other (or a best buddy) who is prone to spills of more cosmic proportions? Might be time to upgrade to some digital fit floor liners. Let’s break down the quality and effectiveness of these categories of floor defense. Since the terminology can be so strange and make the products hard to compare and discuss, we’ll break it all down like it’s a video game and we’re talkin’ equipment rarity levels.
What’s the difference between Floor Mats and Floor Liners?
Are floor mats different from floor liners?
Yes, floor liners are different from mats. A floor mat is a generic protective layer that covers your vehicle’s floorboard. A floor liner is a customized mat that fits your floorboard exactly. Liners tend to cost a bit more, but they are often well worth the investment.
What’s the best floor protection money can buy?
Common: Carpet Mats
Carpet mats are likely what came with your vehicle when you purchased it. They are designed to catch some dirt and debris and soak up spills, though they aren’t particularly durable and stain fairly easily. Unless you are just looking to replace what came within your vehicle, you don’t want anything like this--nor would we sell you such a product.
Most stock floorboard protection is carpeted. Many truck and Jeep buyers find these carpeted mats to be more than adequate and pleasing to the eye, until the first rains come or the first spill happens. That’s the negative thing about these carpet mats. They absorb liquids like the dickens. No one likes stepping up into your cab and hearing squish squish squish.
Maybe you like to off-road
We get it. Just make sure you get some custom fit floor liners first.
Heck, if you ever get messy, live in an area that gets a lot of rain or snow, or just know that spills are going to happen, then you need to upgrade from stock carpet mats and pronto! Heck, I just spilt my coffee the other day on my way to work. Except for some light burns on my leg and minor discomfort, my truck was covered because I upgraded to a custom floor liner years ago.
But I’m getting ahead of myself in the rarity guide.
Uncommon: Vinyl and/or Rubberized Mats
A slight step up from carpet, vinyl and/or rubberized mats are more “all-weather” than carpet. “All-weather” is a manufacturer term that basically means water-resistant. Vinyl won’t soak up snow or mud or muck or any liquid because it isn’t porous. However, these mats aren’t custom fit, so anything spilled on them will likely just roll right off onto your upholstery. Again, we don’t sell these because what’s the point of all-weather protection that just soils the sides of your floor board instead of the middle.
Sometimes we get customers who browse through our site, looking at the best of the best: custom cut liners that fit perfectly. Sometimes these customers think they can find a better deal somewhere else. I get it. Heck, I’ve done it. Often these individuals end up going to a big box store and browsing through the automotive section.
Vinyl and Rubberized Mats dominate the box store racks. And again, they are a little better than those stop carpet mats that came in your vehicle. But just a little. And if you are concerned about trade-in value or protecting your vehicle’s upholstery over the years, then these mats just aren’t going to cut it.
Even if you are super careful not to spill or mess up your cab (which makes me ponder the reason for having a truck in the first place, right? I mean, I didn’t buy her to keep her clean. But I do want to clean her up from time to time to show her off.), the problem with these mats are the edges.
The next time you go to vacuum out your floors in your cab, pay attention to how much grime and dirt collects right at the edge of these mats. Over time, you may even get some discoloration along these edges either from so much dirt or even sun damage. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a floor mat that only protects some of my floorboard. I want to protect the whole thing.
Rare: Semi-Custom Trim-to-Fit Thermoplastic Mats
A bit of an upgrade from vinyl / rubberized material, thermoplastics are more moldable and durable. Typically these mats have channels designed to funnel liquids away from the edges to prevent damage to the floorboard itself. They may need to be trimmed or cut a bit to make them fit perfectly, but this disadvantage is offset by cost--they’re a bit cheaper than true custom fit liners. However, any product that is labeled just a “mat” and doesn’t at least have the words “custom fit” in front of it is sub-par, not up to true Midwest Aftermarket standards.
Tim-to-Fit is certainly better than stock Carpeted mats and Vinyl or Rubberized mats because these trim-to-fits cover more of your floor. However, they are only as good as the cuts you make and suffer from the same issues as those rubberized mats. They don’t conform to your floorboard like true custom fit liners, and they still have issues along their edges.
While these semi-custom mats are designed to channel liquid and dirt away from the edges, since you have to cut them to fit, these channels often fail and guide debris right where you don’t want them to: your upholstery along the edges of the mat. To really protect your floors, you’ve gotta get a true custom fit liner, something made just for your floorboards. Which brings us to the “epic” graded gear:
Epic: Carpet Custom Fit Liner
Now we're talking. All of the products we offer here at Midwest Aftermarket are Epic level or better. Why? Custom Fit! Whether it is “custom,” “laser,” or “digital" fit, it all means the same thing for you as the consumer: these products are measured to fit your vehicle specifically.
This means coverage that is perfect just for you--an epic level of armor! Typically if the product is called a floor “liner” that means it is custom fit, but do your research (or let us do it for you) carefully as this may not always be the case.
Carpet custom fit liners offer great coverage but are still made of carpet, in other words, not water resistant. So they could stain and aren’t typically as easy to hose off when they get dirty. But if you are looking for something that is soft, these are great options.
Lund’s Catch-It Carpet line is a great example of Carpet Custom Fit Liners. And remember, everything that we carry is at least Custom Fit--Epic rarity or better!
That’s because we only sell the best here at Midwest. We could make more money selling cheap vinyl mats, but the thing is those products have to be replaced often and don’t offer the level of protection that we’d want for our own vehicles. So we just don’t feel comfortable selling inferior products like that. In fact, we tend to lean heavily towards the best on the market.
These days it seems like everything is replaceable and no product you purchase seems to last. We long for those good old days when you could buy it once and it would last a lifetime or at least the lifetime of the vehicle. We understand that parts wear out. I mean, you’ve gotta change your oil and replace your brakes. Basic maintenance is a must.
But when it comes to something like protecting your interior, armoring your upholstery, shouldn’t it be a one and done purchase? If the mat you buy doesn’t last, then how good was it at protecting your floors in the first place? If the floor mat stains, then you know the first time a major spill happens you are going to be in trouble. We don’t want you to buy multiple sets of floor mats from us for the same vehicle. We want you to get the best floor liners on the market the first time.
And we are approaching that level of quality and durability, the truly ultimate armor. But first, one step down from best of the best is...
Legendary: Vinyl / Rubberized Copolymer Custom Fit Liners
Water resistant and designed to fit your vehicle, these babies are next level! Vinyl / Rubberized Liners, such as Lund Catch-It Vinyl, MaxLiner, and Westin Wade Sure-Fit floor liners, have channels designed to direct the flow of liquid spills and muck away from the side-wall of the liner.
Side-wall meaning that the edge of the liner actually follows or contours to your vehicle’s floorboard, keeping the disgusting muck from spoiling your ride’s upholstery. All of the products in this category offer superior protection of legendary status.
But what if you only want the best of the best--the ultimate weapon in floor liners! What separates legendary from ultimate? Let me tell you, while we sell plenty in the vinyl and rubberized custom fit liner category, when customers ask for the best, we direct them to two brands. Each of these two have distinguished themselves from the competition over the years. They offer truly ultimate protection for a comparable price, often not even much more than the legendary options. Here it comes… the ultimate weapon against dirt, grime, spills, and mud:
Ultimate: Thermoplastic/HDTE Digital/Laser Fit LinersHere it is, folks--the top of the line floor liners. Legendary plus One! Here we have your Husky’s and your WeatherTech’s. What really sets these products apart is the material and the design.
Both Husky and WeatherTech use digital laser technology to make sure their liners fit your vehicle perfectly, offering coverage that goes above and beyond the legendary.
As if that weren’t enough, the thermoplastic (both products) and HDTE (high density tri-extruded --WeatherTech only) material these liners are composed of is both rigid and durable, while still being flexible during removal and cleaning.
If you are looking for a more luxurious cushiony feel, Husky’s X-ACT line is premium level armor for your floors.
Want a more rugged all-weather product? You can’t go wrong with WeatherTech’s Digital Fit FloorLiners or Husky’s WeatherBeater Liners.
If you want us to make a desperate attempt to differentiate between these two top-of-the-line floor liners, you’ll have to explore our Product Center articles. Or you could just give us a call and ask any of our great customer service representatives cause they’ll tell you true. Here at Midwest Aftermarket, we only rock the ultimate armor in custom fit liners.
Armor Up with Midwest Aftermarket!
Regardless of which level of rarity and protection you desire, you can’t go wrong with any of the floor liners (remember, "liner" means custom fit!) we offer here at Midwest Aftermarket. We don't carry anything less than the best, so you don't have to worry about selecting an inferior product when ordering from us: it's all epic or better quality--guaranteed!
And don’t forget that we offer free shipping anywhere in the U.S., a 30-day money back guarantee, and a great selection of epic quality gear to shelter your floors from damage dealing debris and dirt. Whether you’re in the market for the Ultimate in floor liner technology or an Epic custom fit Carpet liner, let us be your armory: order your upgraded floor liner today!
Midwest Aftermarket's collection of floor liners, pickup bed covers, truck running boards, and much more includes all the leading styles and brands. Midwest Aftermarket is the #1 online retailer for aftermarket truck and Jeep accessories, selling products at the lowest prices and providing the best customer service in the industry. With the goal to provide the highest quality product with the fastest shipping at affordable prices, look no further for your vehicle’s aftermarket accessories. From UTV’s to Jeep-fanatics to F150’s or Chevy Silverado’s, Midwest Aftermarket will give you the customer support you deserve.
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