The Benefits of Crane Mat Ownership: Why Investing in Quality Mats Pays Off

The Benefits of Crane Mat Ownership: Why Investing in Quality Mats Pays Off

For projects involving heavy equipment and lifting applications, crane mats are crucial in providing a stable and safe foundation for working. While some project managers and contractors may opt for renting crane mats, there are significant advantages to owning quality mats from GFI Solutions. Below, we will explore the benefits of crane mat ownership and why investing in GFI Solutions’ top-notch mats can lead to long-term savings and enhanced project success. Keep reading to learn more about GFI Solutions’ inventory of crane mats for sale!

Cost Savings in the Long Run

While the initial investment in purchasing crane mats from GFI Solutions may seem substantial, it is a cost-effective decision in the long run. Over time rental costs add up, especially if you are renting for an extended period of time or renting for multiple projects. By owning your crane mats, you can eliminate the recurring expenses associated with rentals, leading to significant cost savings over time. Moreover, GFI Solutions’ new and used crane mats are high quality and designed to withstand heavy loads and harsh conditions, reducing the need for frequent replacements or repairs.

Improved Project Planning and Flexibility

Owning crane mats gives project managers greater flexibility in planning and executing their operations. With rental mats, there may be limitations on availability, sizes, or quantities, which potentially cause delays or compromises in project execution. By having your own inventory of quality crane mats from GFI Solutions, you can be more proactive in project planning, ensuring that the correct mat sizes and quantities are readily available when needed without relying on external rental availability. In addition, GFI Solutions’ inventory management services can assist your project in maintaining your stock of crane mats.

Tailored Solutions for Specific Projects

Every construction, oil and gas, and drilling project is unique, with varying site conditions and load requirements. Investing in quality crane mats from GFI Solutions allows you to select and even custom manufacture the mats you need that best suit the specific demands of your project. At GFI Solutions, we offer several new and used crane mats for sale to suit any project. So whether it’s challenging terrains, environmentally sensitive areas, or exceptionally heavy loads, owning your crane mats allows you to tailor solutions that align with your project requirements, enhancing overall performance and safety.

Versatility and Reusability

GFI Solutions’ crane mats are designed to be versatile and durable. Our crane mats can be used in various projects and applications, making them a valuable asset in your equipment inventory. The reusability of our crane mats not only leads to cost savings but also minimizes waste and supports GFI Solutions’ sustainable construction practices. Whether you’re working on pipelines, bridges, wind farms, or utility installations, investing in crane mats from GFI Solutions ensures that you have a reliable ground protection solution for your projects.

Find the Crane Mats You Need at GFI Solutions

Investing in new or used crane mats from GFI Solutions offers numerous benefits for project managers and contractors. At GFI Solutions, we proudly provide a range of high-quality crane mats designed to withstand the rigours of heavy lifting operations. Our team of access solution experts is ready to assist you in finding the perfect matting solutions for your projects, providing you with the tools you need to optimize your project’s performance, safety, and overall success. Contact us today to learn more about our crane mats and the benefits they can bring to your project’s endeavours.

GFI Solutions; Edmonton’s Access Mat Specialists

GFI Solutions; Edmonton’s Access Mat Specialists

If your next project is kicking off near Edmonton, Alberta, you’ll require access mats that are durable, cost-effective, and high-performance. Fortunately, GFI Solutions has the access matting your project needs! As your local experts in safe access solutions, GFI Solutions has decades of combined experience. Our team has worked hard to provide companies with the temporary roadways and work foundations they need to ensure the safety and productivity of their sites. In particular, GFI Solutions’ Site Safe Cross Laminated Timber access mats provide incredible benefits such as reduced carbon footprint, transportation and installation savings, extended lifespan and more! Next, we’ll tell you more about GFI Solutions’ Site Safe CLT access mats and our other access matting solutions available in Edmonton. Keep reading to find out more!

Why Your Project Needs CLT Access Mats

Simply put, GFI Solutions’ Site Safe Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) access mats are an incredible asset to any project in Edmonton, as they are cost-effective and outperform other competing access matting products. Site Safe CLT access mats are manufactured through an innovative process. This process uses an eco-friendly adhesive instead of bolts and sustainably sourced Long Leaf Southern Yellow Pine. The environmentally friendly adhesive used in these access mats allows the mat to flex and distribute the weight of your equipment more effectively across the entire mat. These features ensure the Site Safe CLT access mats have a lifespan that is 3-5X longer than traditional bolted mats. Moreover, switching to GFI Solutions’ Site Safe CLT access mats provides your project with the following benefits:

  • Reduced carbon emissions through the use of sustainably sourced materials.
  • Reduced tripping hazards through these access mat’s sold-top construction.
  • Faster installation can save you up to 40% on labour and equipment costs.
  • Reduced mat weight ensures you can fit more Site Safe CLT access mats per load and save up to 60% on freight.
  • Mats will not deform or diamond if mishandled.
  • And More!

GFI Solutions’ range of Site Safe CLT access mats provides numerous benefits for projects across Edmonton. With options to rent or purchase these access mats combined with GFI Solutions’ incredible turn-key services, our team is here to ensure your worksite is safe and accessible with only the best access solutions.

Other Access Matting Solutions

In addition to our Site Safe CLT access mats, GFI Solutions proudly offers a range of new and used access mats, including traditional bolted mats. Inlcluding A, B, and C-grade access mats for rent or purchase in Edmonton. However, if your project requires access mats with unique specifications, GFI Solutions is here to help! With our mat manufacturing services, GFI Solutions’ team of in-house engineers can ensure you have the access matting you need to safely and securely get the job done. So no matter your access matting requirements, GFI Solutions is your source for access solutions!

Your Source for Access Mats and More in Edmonton!

Since our incorporation in 2016, GFI Solutions has been Edmonton’s premier choice for durable and reliable access matting. In addition to our offering of access mats, GFI Solutions also stocks crane mats, rig mats, and access bridges. So regardless of your access solutions needs, GFI Solutions will surely have the access products you require.

Ready to learn more about GFI Solutions’ inventory of access mats? Contact us today!

How To Save Money on Rig Mats

How To Save Money on Rig Mats

Preparing for your site access needs can be quite expensive, which can result in purchasing low-quality access solutions for a lower price. Read on to learn how you can save money on access mats while maintaining the safety of your crew, equipment and the environment.

1. Mat Rentals

One of the most convenient ways to get the biggest value for your dollar is to rent rig mats. Generally, contractors and project managers prefer purchasing rig mats to avoid contamination and to ensure that they have enough mats available for their project, but in return, they will be spending almost double the amount of money to purchase rig mats instead of renting.

At GFI Solutions, we understand the challenges that one might face when renting rig mats, especially when cross-contamination could be a factor. Our rig mat rental service ensures that all our mats are thoroughly cleaned and washed, and ready to be used for any project. Our meticulous mat washing service removes all organic material, grit, chemicals, etc., to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination and uphold the necessary environmental and safety standards. Our rig mat rental service also ensures that you have inventory at all times, helping you keep your project in scope and preventing any possible delay. When renting rig mats, you spend a fraction of the price while getting the same quality, if not better!

2. CLT Mats

Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) mats are the future of rig mats. They are an innovative and cost-effective access matting solution that offers you the site access and ground protection you need while increasing your savings! CLT mats are manufactured using an environmentally friendly adhesive and Southern Yellow Pine fibre instead of bolts and Douglas Fir. The unique engineering behind CLT mats makes them lighter, safer, longer-lasting and faster to install than traditional bolted mats.

With GFI Solutions’ rig mat rental service, you can save up to 50% on freight and up to 40% on labour and equipment with fast installation. The advanced composition of CLT mats results in a lighter and tougher product that can be quickly transported to your worksite. The lightweight mats also allow for transporting more mats per load, as we can fit 72 mats per load, saving you up to 60% in costs.

3. Planning and Consultation

Many factors can quickly delay your project or bring it to a halt if not properly managed. Factors such as load requirements, budget and environmental terrain challenges may result in losing money and time. With GFI Solutions’ planning and consultation service, we will help you protect your workers and your equipment and ensure that your project is in scope.

Our team of experts will work closely with you to plan your upcoming industrial project and provide you with the appropriate consultation. We will discuss with you all aspects of your project, including the terrain, load requirements and budget, to be able to provide you with the optimum number of access mats you will need.

Get Your Mats at GFI Solutions!

Contact GFI Solutions today to save time and money on your next project. Our professional customer service is available 24/7 to provide you with access to any of our products and services. Contact us today to request a quote for your upcoming project.

Are There Different Site Access Solutions?

Are There Different Site Access Solutions?

Contractors and project managers looking for access mats often refer to them as swamp mats. While swamp mats and access mats share similarities, they are quite different. Ordering the wrong mats for your project can result in frustration and delays, so before putting in your next order of site access mats, read the following blog to learn more about the different types of matting solutions you might need.

Access Mats

Starting with the most common type of matting option available, access mats. If you’re looking for a matting solution that can be used as temporary roads that help equipment move in and out of a job site, then you should be looking for access mats. They are manufactured in many sizes and can handle various weights. Generally, access mats come in either Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) design or the traditional bolted format.

Swamp Mats

While access mats are often referred to as “swamp mats,” they do serve different purposes. Swamp mats are usually installed to support heavy equipment operating on soft ground. In warmer climates where rain and moisture are very common, the ground starts to become very soft and requires swamp mats to stabilize the ground.

Rig Mats

For those looking for site mats to support oil rigs and large-scale equipment such as construction equipment, then you should be looking for rig mats. Projects that require camps, drilling rigs, tanks and helipads would often opt for rig mats as they are engineered to withstand the weight of heavy machinery and provide the support needed.

Crane Mats

Crane mats are similar to rig mats but are designed with a steel frame that can withstand more weight and provide more support to heavy equipment than rig mats. GFI Solutions proudly offers the TerraLam®’s 500 series mats that feature the TerraLam 504 and TerraLam 508. Both crane mats are lighter and stronger than comparative mats and increase your saving!

Access Bridges

Access bridges are very common in the oil & gas, construction, petrochemical and forestry industries. Remote job sites can make it very difficult for heavy machinery to cross the terrain or even to transport material safely. Access bridges become very beneficial in remote work sites where access mats cannot provide the reliability needed. If your worksite is in an area where there are rivers, creeks or any major gaps in the terrain, access bridges can help you bridge the gap.

Get your Durable Site Access Solutions from GFI

Whether you’re looking to rent or purchase your next order of site access solutions, GFI is available 24/7 to help you with all your access matting needs. We also offer mat washing, installation, delivery, planning and consulting services to ensure that all your access matting needs are met. Contact us today!

Find the Access Mats You Need for Your Canadian Worksite

Find the Access Mats You Need for Your Canadian Worksite

Is your next big project facing the challenges of our Canadian wilderness? Do you need help ensuring your worksite is safe and accessible for your workers and machinery? Our Canadian environments present project managers with several unique obstacles that can be difficult to overcome without suitable accessibility solutions. Access mats can make navigating muddy and swampy terrain straightforward. As Western Canada’s premier supplier of site access products, GFI Solutions is your source for safe site access needs. Below we’ll discuss the application of access mats and how CLT mats, in particular, are beneficial for your project. Continue reading to learn more!

Applications for Access Mats

Access mats support workers and equipment that require a structural roadway to provide stable passage over rugged terrain, pipelines, or protected environments. They’re often used in environmentally sensitive or remote areas like wetlands and swamps to offer a sound foundation. For these reasons, access mats are used across Canadian environments to reduce the risk of environmental cross-contamination, equipment getting stuck, and worker injury.

Access matting has been used in various industrial and commercial applications. This may include temporary or single-use applications such as construction or oil and gas projects where the mats are only required for a short period. However, you can reuse access mats over several projects over multiple seasons in many other industries where challenging terrain or environmental concerns are a factor. At GFI Solutions, our team can assist you in determining the number of access mats your project may require. In addition, we can also provide you with TerraCross access bridges and a range of beneficial services like delivery and installation.

The Perks of CLT Mats

TerraLam Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) mats offer plenty of benefits. From an extended lifespan to its unique eco-friendly adhesive, and more! CLT mats are an excellent option for all types of project sites. These access mats have a 3-5 times longer lifespan than traditional bolted mats and are manufactured sustainably. In particular, CLT mats can save you significant money as they’re lighter and more affordable than traditional bolted access mats. CLT mats save you money on:

  • Transportation costs
  • Maintenance costs
  • Replacement costs
  • Labour costs, and more!

With significant savings in these four areas, CLT mats allow you to reprioritize your project’s funds to other essential areas. At GFI Solutions, our TerraLam CLT access mats can improve your project’s accessibility and safety. As mentioned above, utilizing access mats can save time and money. Our team at GFI can assist you in making your project safe and accessible for your crew and equipment.

Your Trusted Source for Access Solutions

GFI Solutions is proud to offer comprehensive safe site access solutions across Canada. From mat rentals and sales to turnkey services, mat washing and more, GFI is your trusted supplier of TerraLam access solutions. In addition to a significant inventory of high-quality, sustainably sourced access mats, we also offer 24/7 support. That means our team of experts will always be accessible to you to assist you with all of your access questions. So if you’re looking for access solutions you know you can trust, contact us at GFI Solutions today!