What are CLT Access Mats

What are CLT Access Mats

Managing an industrial project in Western Canada during our harsh winter season can be very challenging, especially when it comes to facilitating the transportation of goods and equipment. Finding reliable access mats to create solid and sturdy temporary roads can be difficult, especially with Canada’s challenging terrain.

At GFI Solutions, our mission is to help customers in all industries overcome the problems currently associated with available matting options. We are proud to introduce Cross Laminated Timber mats that are engineered to be more durable and stronger than current matting options while also being cost-effective and environmentally friendly. Learn more about our CLT products below!

What Are Cross-Laminated Timber Mats?

CLT mats are manufactured using the process of bonding layers of wood perpendicularly with an environmentally friendly adhesive instead of bolts. They are also manufactured using Southern Yellow Pine wood, which is stronger and more sustainable than traditional Douglas Fir. The unique manufacturing process creates reliable CLT mats that are:

Flexible and Strong

CLT mats are designed to offer exceptional strength and flexibility to be able to assist heavy machinery and provide the support needed. Using an adhesive to bond the mats together instead of bolts creates a mat with a smooth surface and without any gaps. This allows the CLT access mat to be more flexible and flex under pressure as heavy weight is equally distributed throughout the surface.

Durable in Tough Conditions

CLT mats also provide superior performance in cold weather as they have been tested in temperatures as low as -70ºF. The adhesive also protects the access mats from any damage that may occur due to moisture, extending their life cycle. When operating in muddy, wet or even icy conditions, GFI’s access mats solid top make transportation safe for your crew and equipment as the mud and snow can be quickly cleared off.

Environmentally Friendly

For those who are looking for a more sustainable choice, CLT access mats are the perfect choice for you. All GFI’s CLT access mats are built with sustainable forest practices, as we only use Southern Yellow Pine wood. Unlike Oak, Southern Yellow Pine is grown to harvestable maturity in 20 years, which minimizes the negative impacts on the environment.

Multiple Options

As GFI Solutions manufactures, supplies, delivers and installs CLT mats, we have an extensive inventory of access mats for all your needs. Our CLT mats are available in 3-ply, 5-ply, 9-ply, and more! We are also able to provide customers with customized CLT mats that adhere to their unique needs.

Rent or Buy

All of GFI’s access mats are available for purchase or rent. We understand that some projects require a certain number of access mats for a short period of time, with no place to store them after completion. Our access mat rental service is designed to give customers peace of mind when it comes to storing and transporting mats wherever they go.

Find CLT Mats at GFI Solutions

At GFI Solutions, you can find a range of site-access products and services for your every need. We offer access mats, rig mats, crane mats, access bridges and more! Contact our team today to learn more!

Site Access Mat Sales at GFI Solutions

Site Access Mat Sales at GFI Solutions

Winter is well underway and with the freeze/thaw just around the corner, the importance of having viable site access solutions is key. Access mats are a dependable way to navigate changing terrains and ensure your fleet, as well as your equipment, are protected against the challenged posed by mud, slush, rain, and other spring weather byproducts. GFI Solutions is proud to be one of Canada’s leading suppliers of access mats and offers exclusive access to Sterling Solutions’ line of TerraLam® mats. As the newest evolution that improves on the performance of standard bolted mats, TerraLam® Cross Laminated Timber mats have quickly become one of the top choices on the market trusted by project managers in the construction, oil & gas, renewable energy, petrochemical, mining, power and related industries. Learn the benefits of using access mats, as well as TerraLam®’s innovative solutions, below.

No More Terrain Headaches

One of the biggest challenges facing remote job sites how variable the Canadian landscape can be. Rugged and uneven terrain can make it difficult to transport goods and materials to and from the site, and each season presents new challenges, particularly as they change. Access mats help to circumvent the dangers and difficulties posed by the landscape and ensure you’re able to keep your project on track without fearing the risks posed by mud, sleet, and more. With multiple compositions and weight capabilities, TerraLam®’s line of Cross Laminated Timber matting solutions offers superior performance, standing up to the demand of heavy loads and constant use and giving you the reliable path you need when it matters most.

TerraLam® CLT Mats: The New Solution You Can Trust

If you’ve used traditional bolted mats for decades, you’re not alone. Though bolted access mats were once the industry standard and served as the main way to build temporary roads, recent years have seen the development of newer, better solutions like TerraLam® CLT mats. Unlike their predecessors, TerraLam® CLT mats use environmentally safe adhesives to bond planks together, as opposed to bolts. While bolted mats are only able to transfer the burden of a load at the location of their fasteners, adhered TerraLam® access mats distribute the weight evenly throughout the entire mat, which allows for increased flexibility that prevents cracks and breakages, even under extreme weight loads. In addition, CLT mats are 40% lighter, offer a longer lifecycle (3-5x the length of bolted mats), and heavy-duty models like TerraLam®’s 500 model can easily be used in place of standard rig or crane mats.

Discover TerraLam® Matting Solutions with GFI

GFI Solutions is proud to offer our clients access to the top matting solutions available on the market and is Canada’s exclusive source for TerraLam® CLT mats. Engineered to be 40% lighter than traditional bolted mats, TerraLam® access mats give you the benefits of exceptional durability as well as long-term dependability and performance. The lightweight composition of the mat greatly increases your hauling capacity, allowing for the transport of up to double the normal amount allowed by bolted mats, which saves time and money. If you’re in need of access solutions, it’s time to trust TerraLam®!

Want More Information?

Learn more about TerraLam® Matting solutions by contacting GFI today.