Environmental Benefits of CLT Access Mats: A Greener Choice

Environmental Benefits of CLT Access Mats: A Greener Choice

As the push for greater environmental responsibility continues across Canada, industries must invest in sustainable solutions that can help mitigate their environmental impact. Having the right access solutions is vital when it comes to companies working in remote or challenging locations. Fortunately, GFI Solutions’ CLT (Cross-Laminated Timber) access mats have emerged as a green solution that offers significant environmental and economic benefits. Continue reading to learn more about GFI Solutions CLT access mats and how they can benefit your business.

Understanding CLT Access Mats

GFI Solutions’ Site Safe CLT access mats are a type of ground protection mat made from sustainably sourced Long Leaf Southern Yellow Pine. Using an innovative manufacturing process, CLT access mats are incredibly strong, durable and environmentally friendly. At GFI Solutions, we have CLT access mats for sale or rent in three sizes:

  • Site Safe 500 CLT Mats – 4′ or 8′ wide x 14′, 16′ or 18′ long
  • Site Safe 700 CLT Mats – 8′ wide x 14′ or 16′ long
  • Site Safe 900 CLT Mats – 4′ wide x 20′ long and 12″ thick

When you need sustainably manufactured and durable access solutions, GFI Solutions CLT access mats are the sensible choice. Next, we will cover some environmental benefits of using CLT access mats.

1) Preserving Natural Habitats

One of the most significant environmental benefits of GFI Solutions CLT access mats is their ability to preserve natural habitats. Construction and resource extraction activities often occur in sensitive environments like marshes, forests, or remote areas. These ecosystems are vital for biodiversity and are crucial to the planet’s health.

CLT access mats evenly distribute the weight of heavy machinery, reducing ground disturbance and minimizing the impact on these delicate ecosystems. This means that construction and resource extraction activities can occur while preserving these areas’ natural beauty and ecological balance.

2) Sustainable Material Sourcing

The production of CLT access mats is also inherently sustainable due to the source of the raw material — sustainably sourced wood and environmentally safe adhesive. Unlike traditional ground protection mats made from non-renewable materials, oak, or Douglas fir, GFI Solutions CLT mats use wood from sustainably harvested Long Leaf Southern Yellow Pine. Southern Yellow Pine grows much faster than competing types of wood and is much stronger, resulting in access mats that last 3-5X longer than traditional ground protection mats.

3) Quick Restoration of Natural Areas

Once a project is complete, removing GFI Solutions’ CLT access mats is straightforward and minimally disruptive to the environment. Our team can even assist you with delivering, installing, and removing your access mats with our helpful turnkey services! This quick restoration of natural areas helps ecosystems recover more rapidly, allowing plant and animal life to return to their habitats sooner.

4) Lower Environmental Liability

Using CLT access mats can also help reduce environmental liability and potential fines associated with ground disturbance and damage to sensitive ecosystems. By choosing an environmentally responsible access solution, companies can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability and responsible resource management.

5) Versatility in Applications

Finally, GFI Solutions’ CLT access mats are versatile and can be used across various applications, including construction, mining, oil and gas, and renewable energy projects. Their adaptability means that companies across industries can benefit from their environmental advantages.

Find the CLT Access Mats You Need Here

GFI Solutions’ CLT access mats offer significant environmental benefits, making them a greener choice for ground protection and access in challenging terrains. As industries across Canada prioritize sustainability and environmental responsibility, our CLT access mats provide a practical and environmentally conscious solution for those seeking to reduce their impact on the planet while conducting essential operations in challenging environments.

Contact GFI Solutions today to learn more about our current inventory of CLT access mats for sale.

Swamp Mats: To Buy or Rent in 2023

Swamp Mats: To Buy or Rent in 2023

Swamp mats, also called access mats, are the perfect solution to your access needs when working on softer ground. Our durable mats will withstand your heavy machinery, foot traffic, and more as you do your work. We help you to protect the environment around the worksite by using trees that are grown to maturity before harvest. High-quality GFI Solutions access mats help you to cut down on habitat disruption and can also prevent your machinery from damage. Keep reading to understand the difference between buying and renting swamp mats and which might be better for you.

Benefits of Buying Swamp Mats

To buy or rent? Swamp mats are a great investment if you perform outdoor work constantly. Renting your swamp mats again and again can stack up costs quickly, not to mention the added delivery and installation charges. For the oil, forestry, and construction industries, it is often better to buy your swamp mats to reduce costs and increase your return on investment. If you buy swamp mats and use our mat management program, you will find your mats lasting longer and, therefore, reducing your cost even further.

Benefits of Renting Swamp Mats

If your industry does not often need to use access mats, renting your mats when needed is a spectacular option to save money. For one-off or short-term use of swamp mats, talk to GFI Solutions about renting swamp mats. Renting for short projects or one-time needs will save you on costs while buying mats can cost you unnecessarily. GFI Solutions offers a quick turnaround for delivery and installation services to save you time and get you started on your work sooner.

Choose GFI Solutions

GFI Solutions uses eco-friendly materials on all of our CLT access mats, helping to save the environment one job site at a time. GFI Solutions’ CLT mats are completely biodegradable, including the adhesive. Any accidentally left behind pieces from the mats will combust over time. Our customers are able to choose between 3-ply, 5-ply and 7-ply mats to fit any need. CLT mats beat out traditional bolted mats by fully dispersing the weight of the load to all four corners. Swamp mats will last you longer, as traditional bolted mats do not disperse the weight evenly over the mat and then will break faster. Our high-quality laminated swamp mats are available to buy or rent, and we are more than willing to deliver and install them for you!

High-Quality Swamp Mats for Any Job

For all of your worksite’s swamp mat needs, GFI Solutions can help. Industries all across Canada trust GFI for quality matting solutions that are 3 to 5 times stronger than traditional bolted access mats and cost up to 60% less in transportation. GFI helps you make your mats last longer with our mat management program, which will include proper storing, washing, and handling of your swamp mats. In need of the best swamp mats for your job? Contact GFI Solutions today!

CLT Matting Solutions and Services

CLT Matting Solutions and Services

Are you looking for heavy-duty mats to ensure safety and productivity on your job site? Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) mats are a highly effective access matting solution that provides superior strength and durability and helps mitigate safety hazards associated with uneven terrain and heavy equipment. CLT mats are also often used as an alternative to rig mats. Learn more about CLT mats below, as well as other matting solutions offered by GFI !

What are CLT mats?

CLT mats are manufactured by bonding alternating perpendicular layers of wood using an environmentally safe structural adhesive, which results in superior strength and durability compared to traditional bolted mats. The adhesion used with CLT mats offers even weight distribution across the entire mat, unlike bolted mats that can only transfer load across the bolts. Additionally, the adhesion creates a smooth and solid matting top that reduces tripping hazards and vehicle damage.

Benefits of CLT Mats

GFI offers CLT mats that are made of Long Leaf Southern Yellow Pine Wood, which is 33% stronger than the most commonly used wood in bolted mats. These mats are two-thirds lighter in weight, saving you up to 60% on transportation costs and increasing your savings up to 40% on installation and removal costs. CLT mats are commonly used in heavy industries as they have high impact resistance and can withstand fluctuating climates. They offer a longer lifespan, lasting 3-5 times longer than bolted mats.

GFI Matting Solutions and Services

At GFI Solutions, we are proud to be Canada’s leading distributor of CLT matting products, including:

  • Site Safe 500 CLT Mats – 4′ or 8′ wide x 14′, 16′ or 18′ long
    • Used to support heavy equipment, heavy-duty ground cover and temporary foundations.
  • Site Safe 700 CLT Mats – 8’ wide x 14’ or 16’ long
    • Used as an alternative to crane mats or steel-framed rig mats as they are designed to handle exceptionally heavy equipment such as rigs.
  • Site Safe 900 CLT Mats – 4’ wide x 20’ long and 12” thick
    • Used in industrial projects to offer ground protection for heavy equipment such as cranes and transferring heavy loads on a worksite.
  • Traditional Rig Mats
    • Sizes: 8’ Wide x 20ft or 40ft Wide
    • Manufactured using 3 or 4 rail steel beams and wooden inserts

Our wide range of matting solutions is available for rent and purchase to ensure that you find the right product for your budget. In addition, we also provide various matting services, including:

  • Inventory Management
  • Delivery and Installation
  • Manufacturing
  • Mat Washing
  • Planning and Consultation

Whether you’re looking for robust and cost-effective matting products or reliable and quick matting services, GFI Solutions is here to help!

CLT Mats and More at GFI Solutions

Contact GFI Solutions today to learn more about our heavy-duty matting solutions, including rig mats, crane mats, access mats and more!

Expert Access Mat Installation and More From GFI Solutions

Expert Access Mat Installation and More From GFI Solutions

Are you looking for access mat installation support? If so, your search ends here with GFI Solutions! As Western Canada’s leading manufacturer and distributor of access mats and more, GFI Solutions is here to help you with all your access mat installation needs. Our team of access solutions experts understand the importance of having your access mats appropriately installed and efficiently, so your project doesn’t suffer from costly delays or unexpected damages. Below we’ll tell you more about GFI Solutions’ access mat installation services and our other turn-key support solutions. Continue reading to learn why you should partner with GFI Solutions for all your access solutions needs!

Plan Ahead, Plan Better

Access mats are critical pieces of access equipment that protect the environment and your crew when working in remote or rugged environments. GFI Solutions is proud to offer access mat installation services to best support the performance of your access matting. Proper installation of your access mats is critical for optimal performance, safety, and durability. If your access mats are not installed correctly, your mats are at risk of unexpected damage, costly replacements, and overall project delays.

At GFI Solutions, our team of experts is here to help you with all your access mat installation needs. Our team can even help you with your mat inventory management. That way, you never have to worry about whether or not your access mats will be delivered and installed on time. GFI Solutions is available 24/7 to ensure your project stays on time and within budget. So to best benefit your project’s bottom line and to avoid untimely project delays, partner with GFI Solutions for all of your access mat installation needs. With numerous access mats available, GFI Solutions is your source for access solutions, access mat installation, and more!

Support Services at GFI Solutions

At GFI Solutions, we proudly offer several other support solutions besides our access mat installation services. We strive to provide our customers with outstanding customer service. With our support solutions, you can rest assured that our access solutions expertise and customer service will help keep your project on scope and schedule. Some of the support solutions GFI Solutions offers are as follows:

  • Turn-Key Services
  • Inventory Management
  • Mat Manufacturing
  • Delivery & Installation
  • Mat Washing
  • Planning & Consultation

At GFI Solutions, our team proudly provides these support solutions to customers across Western Canada and nationwide. We strive to provide innovative access solutions and exceptional customer service, regardless of the scope or scale of your project. So when you need outstanding access mat installation, inventory management, or something else, GFI Solutions is here to help!

Ready to Get Started?

GFI Solutions is pleased to offer various access solutions, including new and used access mats, crane mats, access bridges, and more! Regardless of the scope of your project, industry, or worksite location, GFI Solutions is here to help you with all your access mat installation needs. Our turn-key solutions are tailored to your specific requirements. Whether you need lightweight and cost-effective Site Safe Cross Laminated Timber mat rentals, or mat washing services, GFI Solutions is your top choice for everything access solutions. Contact us today to learn more about our access mat installation services and other support services!

The CLT Rig Mat Difference at GFI Solutions

The CLT Rig Mat Difference at GFI Solutions

For years GFI Solutions has provided the oil and gas industry with the access solutions they need to get their projects done safely and efficiently. In addition to the oil and gas industry, our team is proud to provide numerous other sectors with the rig mats they require for their remote worksites. Each worksite has its own unique challenges rig mats need to be able to withstand. Fortunately, GFI Solutions is Sterling Solutions’ premier distributor of Site Safe Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) rig mats. As Alberta’s top choice for access solutions, GFI Solutions is proud to stand apart from the competition. Here are a few ways our rig mats and turnkey services set us apart! Continue reading to learn more.

Reliable and Durable Rig Mats

Have you experienced rig mat failure while in the middle of your project in Alberta? If so, that’s likely a sign that you should switch to GFI Solutions’ Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) rig mats. Our CLT rig mats are designed to assist you and your crew throughout the entire duration of your project. They’re created by adhering perpendicular planks of Southern Yellow Pine with eco-friendly glue. CLT rig mats can withstand even the heaviest loads and are about 30% stronger than traditional bolted mats. This strength and flexibility mean that CLT rig mats are more durable and have a significantly greater lifespan. Since CLT rig mats do not have any bolts, they’re also better at protecting the sensitive Albertan environment you’re working in from cross-contamination. We are the premier distributor of Sterling Solutions’ Site Safe CLT rig mats at GFI Solutions. So when you need reliable and durable rig mats that can withstand the pressure of your heavy equipment, GFI Solutions has the access solution for you!

Service You Can Count On

In addition to our range of rig mats, GFI Solutions is pleased to offer our customers a variety of turnkey services. From mat delivery and installation to mat washing and inventory management, GFI Solutions is here to assist you throughout every phase of your project. When you partner with GFI Solutions, you’ll receive outstanding service to make your project planning more manageable and efficient. With decades of experience, we will surely have access solutions and services you need! 24/7 service support is available at GFI Solutions. Let us help you get the rig mats you need to get the job done!

Partner with GFI Solutions for Your Oil Rig Mats

GFI Solutions is here to help you make your project in Alberta safe and navigable with our range of CLT rig mats. CLT rig mats are sure to be a durable solution for all of your access needs. With incredible services and products from GFI Solutions, our team is confident you’ll be satisfied with everything GFI offers! Contact us today to learn more about our CLT rig mats and how our turnkey services can make a difference in your project!