Heavy Duty Help: Crane Mats at GFI

Heavy Duty Help: Crane Mats at GFI

Are you aware of just how versatile crane mats can be when it comes to protecting your job site and ensuring everyone has the right resources to proceed safely and efficiently? If you’re gearing up for a busy spring and summer season, GFI Solutions is here to make sure you have everything you need to succeed when it comes to site safe access solutions. As one of Canada’s leading suppliers of CLT access mats, GFI Solutions is proud to carry some of the highest quality crane and rig mats available on the market. Below, we’ll talk about the many applications of crane mats that you can use to benefit your sites in 2022. Read on to learn more!

Heavy Weight Champions

As many in the industrial sectors will already be aware, sometimes base-level equipment and solutions simply won’t meet the needs of your job. Those who have tried traditional bolted mats are likely already familiar with the frustration (and expense) that comes with constant breakages, and you’re no doubt wondering how you can find an access mat that can actually stand up to the needs of heavy equipment like rigs, cranes, excavators, and more.

Fear not; Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) access mats have you covered! Designed to be stronger, more flexible (and therefore less prone to sudden failures), and able to stand up to the heaviest jobs with minimal strain, CLT mats are your cost-effective perfect solutions. 500 level models are an ideal fit for crane and rig applications and are specifically designed to deal with intense loads, such as equipment and heavy transport.

Versatile Applications

CLT crane mats are one of the most versatile solutions available on the market, offering you a wide range of benefits like reducing cost thanks to the ability to ship more mats per load, a superior life cycle, and more. One of the best aspects of choosing CLT matting, in general, is that the high-level performance allows you to use them for a wide range of applications including:

Temporary Roadways

Canada’s landscape can be tough for heavy machinery to navigate, especially when you factor in constantly changing weather that constantly affects the terrain. Rig mats can be used to form makeshift roadways for your convoys, giving them safe and easy access to your job site when it matters most.

Cranes and Heavy Equipment

We all know that cranes and rig work can be one of the more challenging applications for traditional matting due to the weaknesses present at the standard bolting points on typical mats. CLT mats are able to flex under heavy equipment, making it easy for them to stay in place and act as a steady platform while you operated your rig. Having an extra layer between the ground and your equipment prevents you from sinking into the earth, and helps protect the surrounding environment as well.

The stability and strength offered by crane mats make them extremely useful when it comes to acting as a foundation for other heavy equipment like excavators, drills, and other vital construction assets that may challenge standard access matting.


Crane mats are also a staple when it comes to pipeline construction thanks to their durability. Heavy-duty mats are a frequent feature on job sites as they make it easy for trucks to navigate and equipment to work as needed with minimal disruptions or risk to the landscape in the long term. Crane mats can also be used as an air bridge over exiting lines to prevent traffic from coming into contact with the pipe itself.

Need Access Matting Solutions You Can Trust?

GFI is here to help. With 24/7 service all year round service and a robust inventory of safe access solutions that includes crane mats and more, our team is here to ensure you have the support you need Canada-wide. Contact us today to learn more!

CLT Access Mats: Transforming Worksite Safety One Job at a Time

CLT Access Mats: Transforming Worksite Safety One Job at a Time

Are you looking for site-safe access mats that increase worksite productivity, safety, environmental compliance, and give you superior ROI on your dollar? You need CLT access mats! If you’re tired of dealing with the hassle of constantly replacing heavy bolted mats and facing sudden failures when they snap under pressure, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) site safe access mats are the answer you’ve been waiting for. As one of Canada’s top supplies of CLT solutions, GFI Solutions is here to help you create the safest, most efficient job site possible. With clients spanning multiple sectors, we know just how important it is to always have access to the solutions you need when it matters most.

With the high-quality mats of all levels and sizes available, as well as industry-leading services that include delivery, installation, mat washing, inventory management and more, GFI Solutions is your first choice for CLT access mats across the nation, 24/7, 365 days a year.

Full-Scale Support

Construction and development season in Canada is a non-stop endeavour, with no room for delays caused by terrain or weather. At GFI we know that time is money, and that having the right assets in place can help you avoid costly delays and mishaps that set your team back and leave you scrambling to catch up down the line. We believe in providing full-scale site access support that you can count on, all year round. In addition to offering sales and rentals for access mats and bridges, we give you access to 24/7 sales support, same-day shipping, installation services, inventory management, planning and consultation, and more. Partnering with GFI means fewer headaches, increased efficiency, and most importantly, dependable resources you can count on to help you see the job through to the finish line.


Cross Laminated Timber mats have taken over as the reigning champion of the site access industry, leaving bolted mats in the dust in terms of cost, performance, and longevity. Carefully engineered to improve the performance of traditional bolted mats, the key difference and secret to the success of CLT mats are found in their manufacturing process. Unlike bolted mats, which rely on the strength of their bolts and the heaviness of their planks to stand up to the demands of transport fleets and equipment, CLT mats are created by bonding alternating perpendicular layers of wood with an environmentally safe adhesive to form the finished product.

As a result of these bonding methods, the mats are much more flexible and can evenly distribute the weight of each load across the whole unit, rather than localizing the strain on bolt points. Despite weight up to 40% less than standard bolted mats, CLT access mats can stand up to the same demands, with 500 level models performing the same tasks as traditional rig and crane mats, all while saving you money on shipping and transport thanks to the much lighter profile.


GFI Solutions proudly offers comprehensive matting services all across Canada, including rentals, sales, delivery and installation, and more. Our inventory is constantly restocked and includes a wide range of site-safe access mats in multiple sizes and weights for your convenience. For all of your temporary pathways, crane mat, and general access mat needs, GFI is here to help.