Tips On Proper Access Mat Installation

Tips On Proper Access Mat Installation

Access mats are essential in many heavy industry projects, especially with remote worksites. Not only do access mats protect the environment from chemicals and hazardous materials, but it also offers safe transportation for equipment and workers on rugged terrain. Many companies rely on heavy-duty access mats as they can withstand the weight of heavy machinery without altering ecologically sensitive areas. Access mat installation is crucial to the performance of the access mats and can help enhance the efficiency of your project. Read on to learn a few tips on proper access mat installation.

Plan For Project Scope

Before purchasing or renting access mats, take your time to plan out how many mats you need. If you need assistance with this, GFI representaives will conduct a site visit to determine how mats you require and the best way to install the access mats on the site. Site visits ensure we have a proper plan for the most cost effective delivery and installaiton of the access mats.

Plan For Possible Delays

With the drastic shift in Canadian weather, you must always plan for possible wetland areas and topical gaps on your worksite. You never know how the weather might suddenly change, so plan for possible scenarios where you might need a variety of different matting solutions like access mats, acess bridges, rig mats or crane mats.

Choose Suitable Products

While all industries are familiar with bolted access mats, they often take much longer to install as they are heavier. Cross Laminated Mats (CLT), on the other hand, are very simple and quick to install. They are lighter, more durable and much more cost-effective than traditional bolted mats. At GFI Solutions, we offer a wide range of CLT products, including:

  • Site Safe Access Mat® 300 Clt
  • Site Safe Access Mat® 500 Mat Clt
  • Site Safe Access Mat™ Bridges
  • Worksite Access Mats
  • Professional Access Mat Installation

Many project managers and contractors opt to have their workers install their access mats, not knowing that improper installation can lead to many worksite delays. Our Site Safe portable access bridge, for example, is an easy-to-deliver access solution but requires the help of GFI experts for proper installation. Our team is professionally trained to effectively install Site Safe bridges, ensuring safe and efficient transportation of your heavy machinery and equipment.

Find Safe Site Access Solutions at GFI

Professional access mat installation is only one of the elements that enhance the performance of your project. At GFI Solutions, we offer the following services to help avoid any possible delays within projects:

  • Inventory Management
  • Mat Washing
  • Turn-Key Services
  • Planning & Consultation
  • Manufacturing
  • Delivery

Contact GFI Solutions For Your Access Mat Installation

Contact us today for more information on our access mat installation service!

Our 24/7 support team is available to help you find the right solution for your matting needs.

Access Solutions You Need For Your Upcoming Project

Access Solutions You Need For Your Upcoming Project

Access solutions are needed in challenging or environmentally sensitive terrains to ensure the safe transportation of equipment and material and provide the crew with a smooth, safe surface. As a result, industrial projects in Western Canada of all sizes and scopes are constantly on the lookout for reliable access solutions that can stand up to the most challenging elements while maintaining safe access for equipment and workers.

While purchasing or renting the strongest of mats will offer you the safe access you need, they don’t offer you their full potential without proper planning, delivery, installation and maintenance. At GFI Solutions, we offer partners across Western Canada access to products and services that ensure your project is in scope and within budget. Learn more about our full-service access solutions below.

Expert Installation and Efficient Delivery

Mat installation is often disregarded and seen as a very simple task; however, improper mat installation can cause more harm than good. There are numerous factors that you should consider when installing access mats, such as:

  • Terrain
  • Load Requirements
  • Ecological Characteristics
  • Surface
  • Subsurface Hardness, etc.

With GFI Solutions, we ensure that all access mats are properly installed to eliminate the possibility of workplace injuries, equipment damage and costly environmental damage. Partnering with GFI Solutions will help you keep your worksite safe for your equipment, crew and environment.

At GFI Solutions, we also offer efficient and speedy delivery to all our customers. Our 24/7 customer service is available to meet your site access needs across Western Canada. With our innovative Cross-Laminated Timber mats, we are able to fit 72 mats per load, saving you up to 60% in transportation costs and increasing your savings by up to 40% in installation costs. We are proud to offer our customers professional delivery and installation services for all projects and ensure that our mats are installed and used correctly.

Environmental Mat Washing

Another factor that will definitely enhance the quality of your access mats is regular washing and bleaching. More often than not, industrial projects are held on environmentally sensitive areas or private lands. If not properly washed, you run the risk of spreading toxic materials and clubroot disease. GFI Solutions’ professional mat washing services help keep your mat bleached and clean to help avoid contamination and premature failures. Our team is ready to inspect and wash your access mats at the worksite to decrease your expenses and increase your savings. During extreme weather conditions, GFI Solutions offers a pick-up and drop-off service where our team is available to collect the access mats, bring them to GFI’s mat washing facility and deliver them when they’re ready. Our mat washers are placed inside our facility to ensure that all our equipment is ready to be used, no matter how cold the weather gets.

Contact GFI Solutions For All Site Access Services

In addition to our mat washing, delivery and installation services, we also provide customers with turnkey, inventory management, planning and consulting services and more! Call our 24/7 services and solutions center today for more information!

24/7 Delivery and Installation, Only At GFI

24/7 Delivery and Installation, Only At GFI

In need of access mats and installation for your project with no time to spare? GFI Solutions has you covered! As a Canada-wide leading supplier of site safe access matting solutions, we know that our clients rarely have time to wait when the need arises. We’re proud to stock a robust inventory of all of your most in-demand products and to offer 24/7 sales support and delivery, as well as installation to make sure your downtime is minimal. Learn more about the benefits of our CLT access mats below!

Start Off on the Right Foot

We all know that one of the biggest keys to success in construction is having a solid foundation. Access mats not only serve as a way of protecting the land on your job site from dangerous chemicals and wear and tear from your fleet, but they also ensure that you can safely transport goods to and from your site without having to worry about the dangers of poor terrain.

To get the best results from your temporary roadway, proper installation is a must. CLT mats are relatively easy to install on-site, but for added convenience and safety, GFI Solutions offers 24/7 delivery with same-day shipping for your convenience, combined with fast installation. This ensures that you can kick off with confidence and helps to avoid any issues throughout the duration of the project. From standard access mats to bridges and more, GFI is there to assist when it matters most!

Why Choose CLT?

Access mats can be a sizeable investment depending on the size of your worksite, and with that kind of money moving around, ROI should never be an afterthought. Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) mats make sure you get the highest performance for your dollar and helps to avoid the costs associated with sudden failures (and resulting replacements) experienced with other kinds of matting.

As a relatively new option in the site access world, Cross Laminated Timber mats have been designed to improve upon the performance of traditional bolted timber mats and are manufactured using a unique process that bonds planks together with an environmentally safe adhesive as opposed to bolting points. This newer method allows mats to flex under the weight of heavy loads and disperse the demand evenly to avoid sudden breakages or splintering.

Need something that can stand up to the tough stuff? There’s no need to worry. The toughest CLT mats such as Our 500 models are able to handle loads of machinery with ease, meaning no matter your job, these mats have you covered! With GFI’s delivery, setup, teardown and wash down services, you can rest assured that we have your back, every step of the way.

Partner with GFI Now

If you need site access solutions you can trust, it’s time to partner with GFI. We offer comprehensive matting services across Canada, including rentals, sales, delivery and installation, as well as washing and more. Our inventory features both 300 and 500 series mats, which include multiple sizes for added convenience. For all of your temporary pathways, crane mat, and general access mat needs, GFI is here to help.