Taking A Closer Look at Cross Laminated Timber

Taking A Closer Look at Cross Laminated Timber

With year-end on its way procurement managers across Canada will no doubt be taking a closer look at their project expenses, including their spending on-site access solutions. If you’re not looking forward to seeing the cost of multiple replacement orders after spending the construction season dealing with lacklustre mats that simply can’t stand up to the job, we don’t blame you!

One of the biggest hindrances when it comes to job site safety and productivity is unsafe conditions, and, without the right access mat solutions on hand, you can quickly find yourself going over time and over budget thanks to sudden failures and damage. If you’re tired of dealing with mats you can’t depend on, GFI Solutions is here to help. As one of Canada’s leading suppliers of site safe access mats, our team is proud to carry high reliable Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) access mats that give you superior performance and ROI job after job. Below, we’ll discuss some of the key highlights to choosing CLT matting. Read on to learn more!

Cross Laminated Timber: Your New Way Forward

What makes CLT mats so different from traditional bolted products? The secret is in the design. Unlike bolted mats, which, as the name suggests are made of planks bolted together, CLT mats are made by bonding alternating crossed planks together for maximum strength. This unique method of bonding gives the mat the distinct advantage of being significantly more flexible than bolted mats, meaning it can flex under pressure and evenly distribute the load to avoid sudden breakages. Best of all, CLT mats are up to 40% lighter than traditional mats, allowing you to ship far more for less, saving you money right from the start!

For those needing access mats capable of standing up to tough jobs, there’s no need to fear! Our CLT access mats offer a 500 level model that is steel reinforced to handle heavy machinery, as well as a more standard 300 level for more generic applications.

More Benefits

In addition to better strength, flexibility, and a lighter profile that allows you to ship 60% more mats per load, CLT mats offer the following benefits:

  • Superior lifespan(3-5 times longer than bolted mats)
  • Often crafted from fast-growing southern yellow pine wood, which is more environmentally sustainable.
  • High impact resistance
  • Easy to install and remove
  • Glue lamination and wax sealer on all 4 edges makes it easier to repel moisture and rot all year round
  • Suitable for use in extreme conditions including heat and cold, and more.

Site Safe CLT Mats at GFI Solutions

Ready to say goodbye to constant mat replacement and change over to CLT mats? GFI has you covered. As Western Canada’s leading source for access mat solutions, GFI is proud to carry a wide range of matting products including 300 and 500 models, access bridges, and more. Learn more about these incredible solutions by contacting our team today.