How do you reduce noise from foot traffic in a busy apartment block?

After residents complained about slippery surfaces and loud footsteps in their apartment block in northern France, the local housing association set out to find a slip-resistant solution that would also help contain noise.

The problem

One of the local housing associations in northern France started receiving complaints from residents about unsafe surfaces and excessive noise. The building in question was a busy apartment complex that comprised of four separate buildings all linked by walkways and common areas. Residents and visitors were slipping in the uncovered passageways, particularly in wet weather, and weren’t happy with noise created by echoing pedestrian foot traffic.

The checklist

  • Certified slip resistant
  • Reduce ongoing maintenance and labour costs
  • Withstand high levels of traffic, and be heel and wheel proof
  • Improve ambient acoustics and reduce echoing footsteps
  • Remain stable in all weather conditions

The solution

French flooring distributor Socofra Ubo recommended Frontrunner XT, our extra slip-resistant entrance matting, as the perfect solution for these dual problems. Specifically designed for high traffic external areas, like walkways and outdoor decking, it has a diamond tread pattern that delivers excellent slip resistance and traction underfoot.

A hallmark of this matting is superior drainage: the open-grid dissipates water quickly and easily, and the aggressive tread pattern ensures any dirt and debris is collected and trapped. Frontrunner XT's close mesh construction allows for easy access for wheelchairs and prams, while the two-layer PVC effectively dampens and absorbs noise.

At a glance


French Housing Association


High performance, durable matting that solves the dual problem of slipping and noisy echoes.


Northern France

“Frontrunner XT has proved to be very effective and the Housing Association is really pleased. It gives residents a good slip resistant surface on which to walk and also helps combat the problems of noisy communal walkways and passageways.”
Estelle Coustenoble, Socofra Ubo

Product spotlight

Frontrunner XT

Frontrunner XT is a heavy-duty entrance mat designed to combat substantial amounts of dirt and large debris.

Seamless integration: Choose from rolls in standard widths and 10m (33') lengths or order a custom size

Simple installation: One-piece construction means you can cut to fit on site, with no previous site visits needed

Easy to maintain: Simply roll or lift to clean, no special tools needed

Frontrunner Xt 02
Diamond Cut Pattern
Diamond cut pattern
Slip Resistant
Certified slip resistant (DIN 51130: R12)
Open Grid
Two layer, open-grid construction
Excellent Drainage
Excellent drainage (DIN 51130: V10)
Close Mesh Grid
Close mesh grid
Wheel And Heel Proof
Wheel- and heel-proof
Made From Flexible PVC
Made from flexible PVC
Easy To Cut To Fit On Site
Easy to cut on site, contours to uneven surfaces
Comes In Rolls And Modules
Comes in 10m (33') rolls
Easy Installation
Seamless installation

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