Laminated Access Mats: What You Need To Know

Considering making the switch from traditional bolted access matting to Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) products, but feeling unsure about which option works best for your job site? GFI is here to help! As a relatively new solution in the world of access matting, CLT mats have a wide range of benefits for clients spanning multiple industries, including increased strength capacity, cost-effectiveness, enhanced safety provisions, and more. For those looking for a newer, better, way to facilitate access to their remote job site, CLT mats may be the perfect fit! Learn more about CLT access mats below, including Sterling Solutions’ line of TerraLam® products available at GFI Solutions.

What Is Cross Laminated Timber?

Cross laminated timber (CLT) mats are designed to fulfill the same function as bolted access mats, but are constructed using different methods compared to traditional bolted models. Rather than being bolted into place with bolts, screws, or other mechanical fasteners,  Cross Laminated Timber mats are bonded together using an adhesive and alternating perpendicular layers of wood create the finished product as opposed. 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.

Plenty of Benefits

Alongside increased strength and a lightweight composition that allows for greater amounts to be shipped in a single load (up to 50% more than bolted mats per load), there are several benefits to using CLT mats. Such advantages include:

  • Better lifespan (3-5 times longer than bolted mats)
  • Certain mats, like those used in TerraLam® products are crafted from fast growing southern yellow pine wood, which is more environmentally sustainable than the demand for mixed hardwood mats.
  • High impact resistance
  • Fast to install and remove
  • Glue lamination and wax sealer on all 4 edges makes it easier to repel moisture and rot.
  • Suitable for use in extreme conditions, include heat and cold, and more.

TerraLam® CLT Mats at GFI Solutions

Ready to make the switch to laminated access mats? GFI has you covered. 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 quality in mind, TerraLam® is at the top of the CLT market. Learn more about these incredible solutions by contacting our team today.