The Benefits of CLT Access Mats For Industrial Projects

The Benefits of CLT Access Mats For Industrial Projects

Remote industrial projects are challenging, especially with Canada’s harsh and rugged terrain. When it comes to facilitating the transport of equipment and goods, you will need strong, durable and long-lasting access mats to ensure the safety and efficiency of your project. For those in the construction, infrastructure, oil & gas, mining and other heavy industries, CLT mats have become the go-to choice! Learn more about the benefits of CLT mats for industrial projects below!

How Are CLT Access Mats Manufactured? 

While traditional access mats use bolts to fasten wooden planks together, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) access mats are created using a unique adhesive to bond the layers of wood together. Unlike traditional access mats, where Douglas Fir is used as the wood fiber, CLT mats are manufactured from Long Leaf Southern Yellow Pine Fibre, which is lighter, stronger and more environmentally friendly than Douglas Fir. The process of bonding layers of Southern Yellow Pine wood fiber allows our CLT mats to outperform traditional botled douglas fir mats. Some of the benefits include:

  • Strength:

Even though CLT mats are 40% lighter than regular bolted mats, they offer 30% more strength! They can easily and safely withstand the weight of heavy machinery, cranes, rigs, excavators and more!

  • Flexibility:

The unique manufacturing process of CLT access mats allows for better weight distribution across the mat. Unlike bolted mats, where the weight is only focused on the bolts, CLT mats evenly distribute the weight across the surface to prevent breakage and maintain the smooth operation of your project.

  • Durability:

A vital step in engineering Site Safe CLT mats is using a wax sealant and glue lamination to ensure maximum life longevity from rot and decay. CLT access mats offer twice the strength and are 5X stiffer than conventional bolted mats. If dropped or mishandled, CLT mats will not diamond or easily deform.

  • Environmentally Friendly:

CLT access mats are designed to offer project managers and contractors an environmentally friendly access solution. Not only is the adhesive used to bond the wood environmentally safe, but Southern Yellow Pine Wood is also grown to harvestable maturity in 20 years. Instead of using strong metals and unsustainable wood, CLT access mats are manufactured with sustainability in mind.

  • Multiple Options:

At GFI Solutions, we understand that each project has its unique challenges, which is why we offer multiple CLT access mats suitable for your unique needs. Rather than settling for a one-size-fits-all access mat, you can choose one of our multiple sizes available or contact us for custom manufacturing.

Purchase CLT Access Mats Today! 

GFI Solutions is proud to be Western Canada’s leading source for CLT access mat solutions! Contact our team to learn more about our matting solutions today!

Why Cross Laminated Timber Mats Are a Step Above The Rest

Why Cross Laminated Timber Mats Are a Step Above The Rest

Take on every project with the best access matting on your side with our innovative Cross Laminated Timber mats. Manufactured by Sterling Solutions, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) mats are tough and can take on any terrain without falling apart. Keep reading to learn how CLT mats surpass traditional bolted mats as the new standard for access matting.

What Are Cross Laminated Timber Mats?

Cross Laminated Timber mats are the new standard in site-safe access matting. These innovative access mats are made differently from traditional bolted mats. They can withstand the elements more efficiently and are made stronger so that your project can go through without any issues. These mats are made with southern yellow pine, a stronger material that can handle heavy rigs, cranes, or any other equipment. With two standardized sizes, the 300-series and the 500-series, these mats are always ready to take on the job.

Ready For Any Project

Able to withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions, CLT mats are reliable access mat solutions you can trust on your worksite. These mats last 3-5 times longer than traditional bolted mats and are more durable.

While standard bolted mats are made with mixed woods and bound together with bolts, CLT access mats are secured with a powerful adhesive that holds planks of southern yellow wood fibre together seamlessly. This structure allows for each mat to distribute weight evenly across the platform. Since the weight is distributed evenly, CLT mats sustain less damage than their competitors and are capable of holding higher loads more comfortably than bolted mats.

These mats are also tested in extreme heat and cold conditions and are proven to keep their form by not delaminating or breaking in difficult weather conditions. As a more efficient option than traditional bolted mats, you can rest assured that you are getting the quality and reliability you need to get you through each job.

Cost-Saving Benefits You Can Enjoy

Take a break from replacement and maintenance fees when you invest in Cross Laminated Timber mats. Tougher than traditional bolted mats, CLT mats last longer than their competitors. You can save money on delays and safety shutdowns that can have a negative effect on your budget.

Saving on labour and equipment is another major plus when choosing CLT mats as your site safe access solution. CLT mats are incredibly lightweight, making it easier to fit more mats per freight. This allows you to save more on transportation due to lower freight costs. The lightweight design of CLT mats also makes installation seamless as your crew can install mats quicker than heavy, traditional mats. You can get your project moving along faster with CLT mats that are easy to set up and simple to remove.

Ready to Learn More?

GFI Solutions is excited to work with you to ensure your worksite has the best access matting equipment possible. Contact us to learn more about our products and service today!

GFI Matting Solutions: Your Choice for Worksite Success

GFI Matting Solutions: Your Choice for Worksite Success

The busy part of construction season may be coming to a slower head with the weather getting ready to change for the winter, but as any Canadian will tell you, that doesn’t stop us from getting the job done. As terrain changes and the yearly freeze/thaw cycle begins to set in, the landscape begins to present a wide range of challenges to your operations. From mud to icy roadways, slush, and plenty of other hazards, finding a safe way to navigate your site becomes a necessity. Access mats are the perfect solution for overcoming terrain hazards and setting your operations up for success.

As one of Canada’s leading suppliers of site-safe CLT access solutions, we’re proud to carry high-end access mats and access bridges that make it easy to stay on track, stay safe, and get the job done right. Learn more about the benefit of CLT mats as well as working with GFI below!

No More Access Compromises

Being able to transport goods to and from your site is one of the most important factors of project success, and delays can quickly rack up costs that put you way over budget. Whether it’s equipment, crew members, or other resources, you need to be able to get your assets from point a to point b without issue. Access mats make it possible to do so regardless of the challenges posed by the landscape, while also protecting the environment and keeping your team safe. At GFI, we offer you access to the top site access solutions on the market, including high-end mats manufactured with cross-laminated timber. When you need products you can trust, you need GFI!

CLT Mats: Higher Performance, Lower Cost

If you haven’t made the switch from traditional bolted mats to the new industry leader of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), you’re missing out! As a relative newcomer on the market, CLT mats have come the new trusted standard on many job sites, and for good reason. The unique design of CLT mats has been crafted to improve upon the performance of bolted mats to the benefit of procurement and constructions managers across North America. CLT access mats are 40% lighter than bolted mats, offer a lifecycle that is 3-5 times longer, and are often crafted from wood that is 30% stronger than the standard Douglas fir used on bolted mats. The lighter weight profile of CLT mats can save you significant cash by allowing you to transfer up to 60% more worksite mats per load, and thanks to the enhanced flexibility of the mats that comes from the process of bonding planks together instead of opting them, you don’t have to worry about sudden breakages and failures.

GFI Matting Solutions: Your Choice for Worksite Success

GFI Solutions is proud to offer full-scale worksite matting support, including rentals, sales, delivery, installation, and mat washing, Canada-wide. Our inventory of site safe access mats features both 300 and 500 series mats, the ability to customize as needed multiple sizes for all models for added convenience. In addition to a robust stock of in-demand mats, we offer 24/7 support, meaning you’ll always have access to the site access solutions you require. For all of your temporary pathways, crane mat, and general worksite mat needs, GFI is here to help.