Access Mats in Calgary: Quality and Cost-Effective

Access Mats in Calgary: Quality and Cost-Effective

Weather in Canada is often unpredictable from one week to the next, and you probably know that this means your project site has to be adaptable to the weather at any given moment. Are your machines able to operate in all Canadian weather conditions? Access mats nullify any worry you might experience regarding the weather’s effects on the terrain surrounding your project site. GFI Solutions carries the best quality Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) access mats in Calgary. With all grades of mats available, as well as used and new, we are Canada’s leading provider of access products.

Durable, Quality Access Mats For Any Weather

Rain, snow, hail, or shine, our access mats in Calgary are built for the changing Alberta weather. Cheaper bolted mats have spaces that can allow rain, snow or ice to splinter the boards or cause the bolts to move and consequently make the mat’s surface uneven or broken. However, CLT access mats are built to withstand water damage through a wax coating and cross-lamination process. The cross-lamination process prevents water, snow and ice from affecting the quality of the mat, which can be up to five times stronger than traditional bolted access mats.

Your access mats in Calgary should withstand the range of weather that Calgary experiences and CLT access mats are exactly the solution you need when it comes to weather-resistant access solutions.

Benefits of CLT Access Mats

Unlike traditional bolted access mats, which are held together by bolts, CLT access mats use adhesive and can hold over 30% more weight. With CLT access mats in Calgary, you’ll experience a durable product that can distribute the weight of the load across the mat more evenly. Bolted mats cannot spread weight evenly throughout, giving more opportunities for breakage. This also means that installation mishandling can lead to more damage in a bolted mat than in a CLT access mat.

CLT access mats in Calgary have the added benefit of sustainably-harvested Longleaf Southern Yellow Pine Wood that has been grown to harvestable maturity. The adhesive used to keep the CLT access mats together is also environmentally safe. There are many benefits to choosing CLT access mats in Calgary!

GFI Solutions’ Mat Management Program

To increase the longevity of your access mats in Calgary, be sure to ask about our Mat Management Program! We offer access mat services such as thorough washing and bleaching to keep your access mats in working order, which increases ROI. The bleaching and washing process will remove any residue to avoid cross-contamination between job sites.

Find a Reliable Access Mat Supplier

GFI Solutions will provide you with the access products that you need for your project. With cost-effective Calgary access mats, you will eliminate unnecessary shipping and installation costs. We understand how stressful overcoming rough terrain can be without derailing your project; let us help solve that problem!

Contact our 24-hour service and support team to learn more about our Calgary access mats and to get answers to any questions you may have regarding the cost-effectiveness and durability of CLT access mats.

Why Choose GFI Solutions for Access Mats in Calgary

Why Choose GFI Solutions for Access Mats in Calgary

Are you looking for an access matting distributor in Calgary with industry expertise and a wide inventory of access solutions? Your search is over! GFI Solutions is pleased to have decades of combined experience working in the safe access solutions industry, assisting companies and projects with their access product needs. As Western Canada’s premier manufacturer and distributor of access mats, GFI Solutions’ team of experts is here to help you find the proper access matting for your next project. Next, we’ll cover more about our comprehensive access matting inventory and our range of support services that can make organizing your project significantly easier. Continue reading to learn why you should partner with GFI Solutions for all your access mat needs!

Comprehensive Access Mat Inventory

Depending on your application, access mats provide your crew and equipment with a temporary roadway or work surface. Often access mats are used in remote or sensitive environments where rugged terrain complicates the ability of your team or equipment to work on your project site easily. For these reasons, you can find access mats being used by various industries. As they reduce the risk of environmental cross-contamination, worker injury, and equipment becoming stuck. At GFI Solutions, we proudly offer a range of access matting products, including the Site Safe Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) access mats.

GFI Solutions proudly carries a comprehensive inventory of access solutions. GFI Solutions will surely have the access products you need, from new and used access mats and Site Safe CLT access mats to rig mats, access bridges and more! Each access mat is quality tested to ensure safety, performance, and longevity. So when you need A, B, or C-grade access mats or are looking to rent access mats for your next project, GFI Solutions is here to help.

Supportive Services and More!

Aside from our inventory of access mats, GFI Solutions is pleased to offer various support services to bring greater value to your project’s bottom line. You’ll receive outstanding customer service and support when you partner with GFI Solutions. Our team is here to ensure your project has the access mats and products it needs to be completed safely and efficiently. The turn-key solutions we offer at GFI Solutions include the following:

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

GFI Solutions is here to help you through every phase of your project in Calgary. Our goal is to support your project so that it operates smoothly without any delays due to your access matting. With decades of combined experience under our belts, GFI Solutions is available 24/7 to provide expert access solution guidance and support. So plan ahead and plan better with GFI Solutions!

GFI Solutions, Your Access Mat Experts in Calgary

At GFI Solutions, our focus is on your project’s safety. That’s why we proudly offer innovative access solutions and exceptional customer service. With a comprehensive range of access matting and other products, GFI Solutions is your source for industry-leading access solutions.

Ready to learn more about our inventory of access mats or our various support solutions? Contact GFI Solutions today!

What is a Swamp Mat?

What is a Swamp Mat?

Swamp mats play a crucial role in ensuring your job site is safe, accessible and abiding by environmental standards. Access mats, also referred to as swamp mats, allow for the safe transportation of materials to and from your project site, allowing work to proceed on pace and budget. Rugged terrain, challenging weather, and remote work sites shouldn’t slow your project down. At GFI Solutions, we are proud to support our fellow Canadian businesses with safe site access solutions for any job. With a comprehensive inventory that features industry-leading access solutions, GFI is one of Canada’s leading suppliers of swamp mats and more. Learn more about the difference between a swamp and access mat and GFI’s offering of site access solutions below.

Swamp Mats or Access Mats?

You’ve likely heard of both swamp and access mats throughout the industry, but what’s the difference? Well, it’s relatively simple; swamp mats and access mats both refer to the standard matting solutions used to create temporary roadways and on-site infrastructure that allows for the safe transportation of equipment, goods, and workers. At GFI Solutions, we offer a range of access matting solutions that can handle a variety of weights, including traditional bolted mats and the premier Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) mats.

There is little difference between swamp mats and access mats; the only thing setting them apart is that the term swamp mats are typically a regionally specific term. In climates that are generally humid and marshy, access mats are called swamp mats; however, those same mats will be called access mats in our more northern environment. However, it is essential to note that swamp/ access mats are not the same as rig mats. Rig mats are heavy-duty access solutions used with large equipment such as excavators.

CLT Mats at GFI Solutions

Our wild Canadian landscape and weather are among the most challenging obstacles companies must face while working on their project. Sudden shifts in temperature and precipitation can make a worksite muddy and icy overnight, so moving heavy equipment can be nearly impossible. Luckily GFI Solutions has the CLT access mats you need to make your job site better to navigate and keep your project moving on time. CLT mats are designed to outperform traditional bolted mats. With a life cycle that’s 3-5 times longer than bolted mats and 25% lighter, it’s no wonder how CLT mats can save you time and money.

Swamp Mats, Access Solutions, and More at GFI

At GFI, we are proud to distribute site access solutions across Canada. As a premier distributor of Sterling Sterling Solutions’ range of TerraLam® products, including their 300 and 500 model access mats, access bridges and more, we will have the site access solutions you need. Our team of industry experts offers our clients access to 24/7 rental and sales service, mat washing, expedited delivery, turnkey services, and more. Learn more about access solutions by contacting our team today!

Caring For Your Swamp Mats

Caring For Your Swamp Mats

With winter finally on its way out, it’s time to make sure that your swamp mats (more commonly referred to as access mats throughout Canada) are ready for peak construction during the summer months. Thanks to the superior strength and versatility of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) access mats set up doesn’t need to be complicated. GFI Solutions is proud to be Canada’s leading source for site safe access mats and to assist you with all of your site access needs from delivery and installation to mat washing and storage.

Below, we’ll cover some basic tips for the upkeep of swamp mats to help extend the lifetime of your access mats and keep them in top condition from job to job. Read on to learn more!

Make the Right Selection

The number one way to ensure your mats last as long as possible is to select the right fit for the specific needs of your job site. For sites with heavy equipment or intensive hauling needs, for example, consider looking at easy duty mats like CLT 500 or 800 models that can handle the same capacity as rig or crane mats. When speaking with your dealer, be honest about the needs of your project, the condition of your job site. We’ll be able to help you find the best fit for your specific needs and advise you of any specific needs that you’ll want to keep in mind.


Choosing the right mats is key, but making sure they’re installed correctly is just as important. Mats that aren’t placed properly run a higher risk of breakages, and can lead to headaches in the long run. GFI Solutions is happy to offer onsite installation services all year round to make sure you can operate with full confidence and minimal issues!


Not unlike installation, placement plays a huge role in ensuring you get the most out of your mats. The superior performance of CLT mats hinges on the unique overlapping plank design of the timber, so making sure that these strong points are best leveraged after installation is vital for the best outcome. Your installation experts will make sure that everything is put where, and how it needs to be for success.

Monitor Vehicle Speed

One of the biggest onsite factors that can degrade your mats quickly is undue stressors like vehicle speed, especially if your fleet has chains on during the winter or other abrasive/impacting features that will put a strain on the wood. To reduce the damage caused by transport convoys, have your trucks reduce their speed and proceed carefully in areas where access matting is used; doing so will go a long way towards keeping things safe and strong.

Cleaning and Storage

Finally, once your job is complete, your next phase of maintenance should ensure that all mats are cleaned to avoid any chemical damage as well as the risk of cross-contamination. Storage will also play a part in avoiding damage from the environment, so having safe options in place should always be a priority for enhanced ROI on your swamp mat investment.

GFI Matting Solutions: Your Choice for Worksite Success

GFI Solutions is proud to offer full-scale worksite matting support, including rentals, sales, delivery, installation, and mat washing, Canada-wide. Our inventory of site safe swamp mats features both 300 and 500 series mats, the ability to customize as needed multiple sizes for all models for added convenience. In addition to a robust stock of in-demand mats, we offer 24/7 support, meaning you’ll always have access to the site access solutions you require. Contact us today to learn more!

GFI Solutions Is Calgary’s Premier Source for Access Mats

GFI Solutions Is Calgary’s Premier Source for Access Mats

Get ready for site-safe access matting that you can rely on! GFI Solutions is bringing Calgary the best in site-safe access with our CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) access mats. GFI is proud to be Sterling Solutions’ exclusive Canadian retailer for these innovative and exciting CLT mats. Made stronger and lighter than the rest, these site-safe access mats make worksites safer and more efficient every time, not to mention they save you money long-term. Keep reading to learn why CLT mats are the new standard in site-safe access.

Better Durability

Get ready for the perfect upgrade! Our CLT mats set the standard for greatness with their improved durability. These mats are stronger than traditional bolted mats because they are made with southern yellow pine fibre. Southern yellow pine fibre is a stronger material that can hold higher loads easily and last longer than other materials. Standard access mats are usually made with a mix of hard and softwoods, making them less reliable. Since CLT mats are engineered for higher performance and durability, they last 3-5 times longer, making them a better investment than their competitors.

CLT access mats are also bound with an environmentally friendly adhesive that keeps the planks held together securely. This innovative adhesive allows the weight to be better distributed across the platform. As a result, CLT mats can withstand the heavier weight of cranes, rigs and other equipment without breaking or splintering. CLT mats are designed to last longer, no matter the load.

Better Cost-Saving

Saving money on access matting that can surpass standards every time is easy with CLT access mats. From transport to take down, CLT access mats save you money throughout your entire project. With CLT, you save money on:

  • Transportation
  • Damage
  • Replacement
  • Maintenance
  • Equipment
  • Labour

As a more durable and lighter access mat, you get to enjoy the benefits of a product that will outlast the traditional access matting while also saving you money in various other ways. Since these access mats are 40% lighter than their competitor, more mats fit per load, allowing for up to 25% more mats to fit per load.

Their lighter weight also allows for less time to install and remove these mats. As a result, you can enjoy reduced equipment and labour fees since moving CLT mats is easy and much more efficient than traditional access mats. Constructed with several cost-saving benefits in mind, CLT access mats are the best way to save money long-term and enjoy an impressive ROI.

Better Service

GFI Solutions brings you the service you deserve for every worksite you’re on. We know that your needs come first, and we’re ready to help you with any questions you have. That’s why we offer 24/7 service to all of our clients. We know that every worksite is dynamic and can come with its own set of issues. We are happy to support you to make sure everything runs as safely and efficiently as possible. Trust us to get you the support you need when you need it.

Partner With GFI Today

Ready to learn more? GFI Solutions is excited to work with you to upgrade your worksite with the best in site-safe access. Contact us to learn more today!