CLT Rig Mats Outperform Traditional Steel Framed Rig Mats; Here’s How!

CLT Rig Mats Outperform Traditional Steel Framed Rig Mats; Here’s How!

Are you looking for a rig mat that can outlast and outperform traditional steel-framed rig mats? If so, GFI Solutions has the access solutions you need! From access bridges and matting to mat washing, delivery, installation, rentals and sales, GFI Solutions is your one-stop shop for access solutions and services. In particular, our offering of Site Safe CLT rig mats is incredibly durable and high-performing compared to traditional rig mats. Continue reading to learn more about how CLT rig mats compare to traditional mats!

How are Rig Mats Different from Access Mats?

When it comes to access solutions, access mats and rig mats are two different types of access solutions. Access mats are 8′ x 14′ and are manufactured using 3-plys of 2′ x 8′ lumber which is either bolted together or cross-laminated to one another. Rig mats are an access solution explicitly manufactured and used to transfer and manage heavy loads. Traditional steel frame rig mats come in two common sizes, 8′ x 20′ and 8′ x 40′. Traditional rig mats are manufactured using a 3 or 4-rail steel frame configuration with cross beams. This creates pockets which are filled with timbers. CLT Rig mats from GFI Solutions are manufactured using five perpendicular cross layers of solid wood, eliminating the need for a steel frame. Like other access solutions, Rig mats provide your workers and equipment a safe way of operating in your project’s remote site regardless of the environment. GFI Solutions has both traditional rig mats and access mats, along with CLT access and rig mats in our fleet, available for rental or sale.

Comparing CLT and Traditional Steel Frame Rig Mats

Traditional steel frame rig mats are common access solutions for many projects; however, lighter, more cost-effective options are available on the market. Site Safe Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) rig mats are an industry-leading product for a good reason! They’re manufactured through an innovative and environmentally sustainable process, which allows these CLT rig mats to outperform the competition. Below are a few ways CLT rig mats stand out from the competition:

  • Made from sustainably sourced Southern Yellow Pine which is 33% harder than Douglas Fir.
  • Adhered with eco-friendly adhesive, all four edges are sealed with a wax solution repelling moisture.
  • Greater flexibility to withstand heavy loads and conform to uneven ground.
  • Lighter weight means you can transport more mats per load.
  • Lighter weight makes them easier to install and move around your job site.

With all these benefits and more, CLT rig mats are a great option when you need access solutions that can withstand the heaviest loads. Our team of access solution experts can help you determine the optimal number of CLT rig mats for your project. In addition, GFI Solutions also offers a range of turn-key solutions, so our team can assist you with your access solutions from the start of your project to the end. We are available 24/7 to support you with your CLT and traditional rig mat and access solution questions. Feel free to reach out anytime; GFI Solutions is here to help!

Rig Mats, Access Solutions, and More!

In addition to our access matting and bridge inventory, GFI Solutions provides various value-adding services like mat inventory management, delivery, rentals and more. When you need high-quality access solutions, let the team at GFI Solutions assist you in finding the right solution for your project. Contact us today to learn more about our CLT rig mats, other access solutions, or services!

Get the Rig Mats You Need from GFI Solutions

Get the Rig Mats You Need from GFI Solutions

Are you looking for access solutions that can withstand heavy loads? Look no further than GFI Solutions for all of your access solution needs! We have a variety of access matting, rig mats, bridges, and more available. In particular, our Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) mats are an ever-growing popular option for various projects’ access requirements. These mats can save you money and time without compromising quality or safety. Are you interested in learning more about GFI Solutions’ CLT rig mats? Continue reading to find out more!

Built to Last Access Solutions

Sterling Solutions Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) rig mats are expertly engineered to support various heavy loads on any project site. Compared to traditional bolted mats, CLT rig mats are 30% stronger and made with Southern Yellow Pine. This dense and durable wood is bonded with a solid eco-friendly adhesive, which means they don’t require any bolts. That means GFI Solutions’ CLT rig mats can better withstand heavy equipment without getting damaged. The adhesive on CLT rig mats allows the mat to flex under pressure and distribute weight evenly across the mat. GFI Solutions has 300 and 500-series CLT mats, and our team can assist you in figuring out the optimal number of rig mats you’ll need for your project. So when you need a safe access solution that can withstand heavy equipment and machinery, GFI Solutions has CLT rig mats that are up to the challenge.

The Affordable Option

In addition to their incredible engineering, CLT rig mats can save you money on transportation, installation, and more! CLT mats are about two-thirds of the weight of traditional bolted mats. This means you can fit more mats per transportation load, which cuts down on your transportation costs by up to 60%! Lighter rig mats also mean installation and removal are a breeze, so you can also see cost savings of up to 40% on labour during installation and removal. CLT rig mats from GFI Solutions are lightweight and easy to install and take down, so your project can stay on time and within budget. In addition to their weight-related cost savings, CLT rig mats have a longer lifespan than traditional bolted mats. So your overall return on investment is significant when you switch to CLT rig mats from GFI Solutions. Investing in or renting CLT mats from GFI Solutions can save you time and money, so when your project requires rig mats, you know whom to turn to!

Unbeatable Service and Solutions

GFI Solutions is proud to offer the safe access solutions you need to make your project site safe and efficient. Our team prides itself on our ability to provide access solutions for various industries with exceptional customer service. Our customers depend on us for access solutions, so we are available 24/7 to answer your questions. GFI Solutions also offers same-day delivery services, mat washing, installation, and more to ensure your project stays on schedule. Ready to learn more about CLT rig access mats? Contact GFI Solutions today to find out more!

Trust CLT Rig Mats Today

Trust CLT Rig Mats Today

Are you in need of heavy-duty access solutions that can stand up to the toughest jobs, keep your equipment and crew safe, and stay strong job after job? CLT access mats are here to help. As one of Canada’s top suppliers of site safe access mats, including heavy-duty 5 and 700 level rig/crane mats, GFI Solutions is proud to offer clients across the country easy access to quality solutions you can count on when it matters most. Whether you’re in the oil & gas, petrochemical, utility, mining, or construction industry, rig mats are a staple for every job site and can save you time and money. Below, we’ll discuss the benefits of rig matting, as well as partnering with GFI for your site access needs. Read on to learn more!

What are Rig Mats?

Despite being incredibly versatile and able to stand up to the majority of the demands of your job site, there are limitations to even the strongest of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) mats. As the next level in support, cross-laminated rig mats maximize the potential of the unique design that gives CLT matting its leading edge. In addition to better performance, laminated mats weigh up to 40% less than traditional mats, allowing you to ship up to 60% more units per load, saving time and money. With a life cycle that lasts 3-5 times longer than oak mats, and unbeatable flexibility that reduces your risk of sudden failures on the job, CLT mats are your go to resource for heavy lifting.

New Design, Superior Performance

CLT rig mats have been created to improve the existing performance of oak mats while addressing the shortcomings that can often lead to frustration. Cross-laminated timber rig mats are made by glueing planks together in an alternating pattern using an environmentally safe adhesive that allows for increased flexibility that prevents excess strain on the mats and allows them to handle heavier loads without failing. Crafted from Southern Yellow Pine, CLT mats are ready to tackle the heaviest loads with minimal risk for sudden breakages and other headaches that may leave you stranded. Additional benefits to using CLT rig mats include:

  • High impact resistance (great for heavy equipment transport)
  • Suitable for use in extreme conditions; including heat and cold. (ideal for Canadian winters)
  • Solid matting top reduces tripping hazards, as well as tire damage to vehicles
  • Able to handle heavy-duty applications
  • Cheaper to ship due to the lightweight nature of the mats (60% more CLT mats can be shipped per load compared to bolted products), and more.

CLT Rig Mats and More at GFI Solutions

GFI is proud to carry industry-leading CLT products within our inventory, including 300, 500 and even 700 model access mats, access bridges, and more. Designed with the utmost quality and performance in mind, CLT mats are built to take on the toughest of jobs without flinching. Our team of experts offer 24/7 support for all your site access needs. Contact us today to learn more!

Access Mats Safe For Drilling Rigs

Access Mats Safe For Drilling Rigs

High performance and budget-friendly are the two vital factors rarely met when purchasing drilling rig mats for your project. You will mostly find yourself in a constant struggle between choosing a product of excellent quality at an extremely high price or sacrificing quality for a more affordable option.

For the past five years, GFI Solutions experts have been dedicated to addressing the problems associated with finding cost-effective and high-quality rig mats. We have since introduced the TerraLam® 300 3 ply and  TerraLam® 500 5 ply Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) access mats. Not only are the mats more durable and stronger than traditional bolted mats, but they also are safer, reduce damage and have lower replacement and transportation costs. GFI Solutions offers you the highest quality of access mats at a budget you can afford; read on to learn the benefits of partnering with GFI solutions.

All Year Round Service

Partnering with GFI Solutions gives you access to 24/7 service 365 days a year. Our team of experts is available to ensure support and smooth operations with any forthcoming project. We will provide you with the tools needed to rectify any mishaps, delays or damage during your project. You no longer have to worry about the quality of your equipment since all our products abide by constructional and environmental guidelines, which are tested thoroughly through several conditions to guarantee excellent performance all year round. GFI Solutions is ready to ship the necessary mats you need wherever you are in Canada.

Safe Site Access Mats

GFI Solutions access mats are dependable for all your upcoming heavy-duty access projects. Unlike traditional bolted mats, our CLT access mats are designed to strengthen the bonding between the wooden planks by using environmentally friendly adhesive. The adhesion reduces the gaps between the wooden planks, which allows for more flexibility and durability than standard bolted mats. The design of our CLT mats is engineered to distribute weight evenly through the entire mat leading to exceptional performance in the most demanding conditions.

Affordable High-Quality Access Mats

GFI Solutions guarantees high-quality access mats since TerraLam® CLT access mats are made with Southern Yellow Pine Wood Fibre, rather than using Douglas Fir (which is used in standard access mats). The use of Southern Yellow Pine Wood Fibre is 30% harder than Douglas Fir, enabling our mats to withstand heavy-duty applications, especially the ones used in the drilling industry. We understand the importance of cranes and rigs having a solid, reliable foundation, so we have engineered CLT mats to ensure safe site access mats that you can depend on to support your equipment, no matter the weight.

Partner With The Best Today

It is time to upgrade your worksite with access mats you can depend on. GFI Solutions guarantees reliable, high-performance access mats. Request a quote today! 

Do You Need Swamp Mats, Access Mats or Rig Mats?

Do You Need Swamp Mats, Access Mats or Rig Mats?

Are you wondering whether you need swamp mats, access mats or rig mats for your upcoming project? Whether your project is for the oil & gas, energy sector or petrochemical industry, GFI Solutions offers matting solutions for all industries. We are proud to be one of Canada’s leading suppliers of site access solutions offering Sterling Solutions’ line of TerraLam® CLT Access Mat products.

To help you decide which matting is best suited for your project, we have devised an overview of the use of each product, the differences between them and which product would be the best fit for you. Read on to learn more!

Access Mats VS. Swamp Mats

A common confusion in the matting industry is the difference between access mats and swamp mats. Consumers tend to use these terms thinking they’re different products, when in reality, access mats and swam mats refer to the same generic product. “Swamp mats” are more commonly used in southern regions where the weather is more humid, creating a swamp/marsh-like terrain. For Canadian weather, CLT access mat is the term that describes matting solutions used to create makeshift roadways in and out of a job site.

Rig Mats

The term used to describe access mats that are predominantly created to withstand heavy loads or heavy machinery is “rig mats.” These particular mats can handle a wide range of weights up to 2667 lbs. Unlike standard access mats, rig mats generally have a steel frame that enables them to withstand rigs, cranes and several other heavy types of equipment commonly used in worksites.

What Is The Solution For You?

Depending on your worksite, you might need rig mats, access mats, or both! If you’re looking for matting solutions for uneven terrain, then the best option for you would be GFI Solutions’ Cross Laminated Timber mats. Rig mats should be a necessity in your worksite if you will be using heavy loads and equipment.

GFI Solutions ensure lighter, faster and longer-lasting matting solutions for your project. Our TerraLam mats are two-thirds the weight of standard bolted mats, which allows us to transport 72 mats per load, saving you up to 60% of transportation fees. We guarantee long-lasting matting solutions; we won’t charge for any damage or replacement costs. Our team of experts is available 24/7 for any service or support issues.

Contact us now to purchase or rent the matting products you need for your upcoming project!