Does your job site pose significant challenges when it comes to facilitating the transport of goods and equipment? Western Canada’s landscape can be harsh and unforgiving for trucks and machinery to navigate, often leading to costly delays and dangerous situations. Often sought out as a valuable solution, access mats serve as a makeshift road in the tough condition, allowing you to keep your project on track and your work crew safe. As an innovative and increasingly relied upon option, CLT mats have become the go-to choice for those in the construction, oil and gas, infrastructure, mining and related heavy industries. Learn more about the benefits of CLT mats below!
What Are CLT Mats?
Cross Laminated Timber mats are created via the process of bonding alternating perpendicular layers of wood with a special adhesive to create the finished product as opposed to the previously common bolted structure. TerraLam® CLT access mats allow even distribution of weight throughout the entire mat, leading to less chance of breakage, even under the heaviest of loads. Attributes of CLT mats include:
Strength and Flexibility
Despite being 40% lighter than bolted mats, CLT mats offer exceptional strength, with select models being able to assist with heavy machinery like cranes, and more. The unique composition of CLT mats allows them to flex under pressure, equally distributing loads in such a way that helps to prevent breakage and keep your operation running smoothly.
Stands Up To Tough Conditions
TerraLam® access mats have been tested successfully in temperatures as low as -70°F and as high as 150°F. While all wooden mats may be slippery in wet, muddy, and icy conditions, the solid top of TerraLam® mats makes clearing mud, snow, or ice much easier. Once TerraLam mats are travelled on, they become well-seasoned, which provides relief in challenging conditions down the line.
When it comes to access mats, one size doesn’t fit all. TerraLam® Mats are available in 3 or 5-ply construction, with multiple sizes available.
If sustainability and adopting an eco-responsible approach are of high importance to your operation, CLT mats are a solid choice. TerraLam® mats, in particular, are made with an adhesive that becomes chemical inactive once it leaves Sterling’s facility, meaning that it presents no potential to harm the environment.
Finally, one of the standout features of CLT mats is their superior durability compared to other solutions. TerraLam® CLT mats are constructed with rapid-growth southern yellow pine #2-grade kiln-dried lumber, along with a moisture-activated polyurethane adhesive. Multiple laboratories, including the USDA Forest Products Laboratory, San Diego State University, and Henkel Adhesives, have validated the strength and durability of TerraLam® products.
Find CLT Mats At GFI Today
As Western Canada’s leading source for access mat solutions, GFI is proud to be a distributor of Sterling Solutions‘ range of TerraLam® products, including their 300 and 500 model access mats, access bridges, and more. Designed with the utmost of quality in mind, TerraLam® solutions embody the many benefits of CLT mats, right down to the superior performance and longevity. Learn more by contacting our team today.