Rig mats should be your trusted access solution when it comes to crane and rig work in remote or challenging environments. The considerable weight of cranes and rigs can cause traditional bolted mats to buckle under pressure. Fortunately, GFI Solutions has the access solutions your Edmonton project needs to keep your rig operation moving smoothly. Our range of TerraLam Cross Laminated Timber rig mats can provide a safe and secure foundation for your heavy equipment and crew. While at the same time protecting the environment your project is working within. Continue reading to learn more about the differences between access mats and rig mats and some services GFI Solutions is proud to offer. Keep reading to learn more!
What’s the Difference Between Access Mats and Rig Mats?
Within the matting industry, it’s common for access mats and rig mats to be confused with one another. Often consumers will mix these terms interchangeably, thinking they’re the same product. However, in reality, access mats and rig mats are similar but ultimately different. Below we’ll discuss the differences between access and rig mats.
Access mats are a form of temporary access equipment that are often used to access work sites in environmentally sensitive areas, challenging terrains, or remote areas. Access mats are typically made from wood and steel. At GFI Solutions, our CLT mats are manufactured from cross-laminated timber from Southern Yellow Pine. Access mats are an overarching term for all temporary access matting solutions. In contrast, rig mats are a more specified type of mats.
Access mats that are primarily used to withstand significant loads or heavy machinery are called “rig mats.” Rig mats are steel-framed to handle a range of weights up to about 2667 lbs. This steel frame enables the mat to withstand cranes, rigs, and other heavy equipment commonly used on worksites. At GFI Solutions, we are proud to offer a range of TerraLam CLT rig mats. These rig mats are manufactured from Southern Yellow Pine and have a 3-5 times longer lifespan than traditional bolted mats. That means that your project can save time and money by using CLT mats instead of bolted mats in the long term.
Quality Service All Year Round
GFI Solutions is proud to offer our customers 24/7 service all year round. Our team of access solutions specialists is available to support your project’s operation. Our matting expertise and exceptional customer service can help you keep your project within time and budget, with turn-key services to inventory management, mat washing, and more. GFI can provide you with the tools to get the job done. Our rig mats abide by construction and environmental guidelines. They are tested thoroughly to ensure excellent performance no matter the challenging conditions your project may face. GFI Solutions can ship however many mats you need anywhere in Canada.
Trust the Experts on Access Solutions
At GFI Solutions, our team understands that your project comes with its own unique challenges. We are confident in our range of access solutions. We can answer any questions you may have regarding our products and services. GFI Solutions’ head office is located in Whitecourt, Alberta, with additional offices in Calgary, Grande Prairie, and Edmonton. So if you’re looking for reliable access solutions, contact our team at GFI Solutions today!