GFI Solutions: Western Canada’s First Choice For Heavy Duty Access Mats

Need an access mat solution that can handle the demands of heavy-duty equipment like cranes and more? While there are plenty of options on the market, few mats can truly stand up to the wear and tear caused by industrial machinery over time. Rig mats are highly in demand due to their ability to cope with the strain caused by increased weight as well as constant use. Sterling Solutions’ range of TerraLam® CLT access mats offers a cost-effective option that out performs most traditional products. Below, we’ll explore some of the general applications of rig mats, as well as the benefits of CLT access mats as offered by GFI. Read on to learn more!

What Are The Uses Of Rig Mats?

Before we dive into the applications of rig mats, it’s important to take a moment to address one of the most common points of confusion in the matting industry. If you find yourself struggling to distinguish between the differences in access mats, rig mats, and swamp mats, you’re far from alone. As these terms are often used interchangeably, there are frequent misconceptions about the specific applications for each. Below is a quick breakdown of each category:

Access Mats refers to matting solutions that can be used as makeshift roads in and out of a job site. Versatile in nature, these mats can handle a wide range of weights and typically come in either the traditional bolted format, or the increasingly popular CLT design. Access mats are frequently called swamp mats, which tends to be popular in certain regions over others.

Rig Mats are another form of access mats, but their main function is to assist with extremely heavy loads and applications such as cranes, equipment, etc. Rig mats typically have steel frames that allow them to handle such loads safely, and usually cost significantly more than their access mat counterparts.

Knowing the difference between these two categories can help protect your job site and equipment, saving you time and money in the long run.

Why Trust CLT Rig Mats?

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) mats are created via the process of bonding alternating perpendicular layers of wood with a special adhesive to create the finished product. Compared to traditional bolted mats, CLT mats such as those produced by TerraLam® allow even distribution of weight throughout the entire mat, leading to less chance of breakage, even under the heaviest of loads.

Heavy Equipment Mat Rentals at GFI

As Western Canada’s leading source for access mat solutions, GFI is proud to be a distributor for 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 about TerraLam® products by contacting our team today.