What I like most was being able to personalize this mat. I purchased it for my mother's home on a lake. I would def recommend buying the rubber mat, as it makes the mat sturdier and keeps in place. Otherwise, I think the mat would be pretty cheap looking, and flimsy. She loved it, so it's already served it's purpose. Can't see this mat holding up very well outisde. She' put it inside going to the deck outside. But being a novelty mat, it works.