Why Used Swamp Mats?

Why Used Swamp Mats?

Swamp mats, also known as access mats, are a convenient way to overcome any delays to a project that result from unfavourable terrain conditions. Swamp mats are an excellent resource for protecting ecologically sensitive areas as well. GFI Solutions is Canada’s leading supplier of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) mats, with both new and various grades of used swamp mats to work for any situation.

GFI Solutions’ swamp mats are made from Longleaf Southern Yellow Pine that has been sustainably grown and harvested to produce lighter, more durable mats. Each one of these mats is cross-laminated to be stronger than traditional single wood or composite swamp mats. Below, we will dive into why you may want to invest in used swamp mats for sale instead of new ones. Discover how we ensure that our used swamp mats are completely safe.

Are Used Swamp Mats Safe?

Yes, used swamp mats are safe. In fact, used swamp mats are sometimes more beneficial than new ones. There are a variety of ways that GFI Solutions makes sure that all of our used access mats for sale are in top condition and are safe to use.

Mat Washing

Ensuring each mat is completely sanitary for its next use is essential in combating cross-contamination that can harm the surrounding habitat. Cross-contamination is our number one concern when swamp mats are being used to haul fuel, chemicals, and other toxic materials. We wash, bleach and dry mats properly so that their next use is safe for any environment through our Mat Management Program.

Thorough Inspection

Although our CLT swamp mats are more robust than many other swamp mats for sale today, all mats will experience wear and tear over time. After a thorough inspection, we will put up for sale the used swamp mats that are in good condition and triage the ones that are in need of repair. Mats with extensive damage are instantly disposed to ensure your job site is protected.

Installation and Delivery

GFI Solutions offers a professional Mat Delivery and Installation service that can help prevent premature damage from occurring as a result of improper handling. Both our shipping vehicles and our staff can take care of your used swamp mats in a manner that keeps your used swamp mats in great shape for your use. Our CLT swamp mats are up to 33% lighter than traditional bolted access mats and can save you up to 40% on transportation and shipping costs.

Used Swamp Mats For Sale

Used swamp mats for sale offer many benefits for users that a new swamp mat cannot always beat. While a used swamp mat may have damage, this can provide a better grip for shoes and wheels alike when the terrain is wet or slippery. Divots and dents can provide more grip when the weather is unfavourable. The other major benefit of used swamp mats for sale are the price. GFI Solutions has different grades of used swamp mats available to buy, and we can help you find the right swamp mats for your project. Contact us today!

Swamp Mats as a Strategic Investment: Saving Time, Money, and Resources

Swamp Mats as a Strategic Investment: Saving Time, Money, and Resources

When it comes to your construction or oil & gas project, time is money. Every minute you spend on delays, setbacks, or inefficient processes can significantly impact your project’s timelines, budgets, and bottom line. Many project managers are turning to innovative access solutions at GFI Solutions, such as our swamp mats, to streamline their operations and maximize their return on investment. Below, we will explore how GFI Solutions’ swamp mats can be a strategic investment, saving you valuable time, money, and resources. Keep reading to find out more.

Enhanced Efficiency and Productivity

One of the main benefits of using swamp mats is the enhanced efficiency they bring to construction, oil & gas, and many other projects. GFI Solutions’ durable CLT mats are designed to provide a stable surface over challenging terrains such as marshes and mud. By creating a solid foundation, swamp mats enable machinery and equipment to operate smoothly, minimizing the risk of machinery getting stuck or sinking.

With GFI Solutions’ swamp mats in place, your crew can confidently work, knowing they can move freely across rugged landscapes. This eliminates the need for time-consuming workarounds, such as building temporary access roads. The result? Increased productivity, faster project completion times, and reduced labour costs.

Cost Savings

Construction and oil & gas projects are notorious for their high costs, and any opportunity to save a few dollars is a welcome advantage. At GFI Solutions, our swamp mats offer significant cost savings in several ways.

Firstly, renting our swamp mats instead of purchasing them outright can be a more cost-effective option, especially if your project is limited in duration or faces sporadic terrain challenges. Renting from GFI Solutions also allows companies to access the mats they need on demand without the burden of storage, maintenance and transportation costs associated with ownership.

Additionally, swamp mats can minimize the need for expensive materials and resources. Traditional ground stabilization methods often require substantial amounts of aggregate materials, geotextiles, and other costly components. On the other hand, swamp mats from GFI Solutions offer a reusable and durable solution that eliminates the need for excessive material expenses.

Furthermore, the reduced risk of your equipment getting stuck or damaged can lower maintenance and repair costs. By providing a stable surface, GFI Solutions’ swamp mats help preserve the integrity of your machinery, reducing downtime and maintenance expenses.

Environmental Considerations

Today, sustainable practices are gaining increasing importance. Fortunately, GFI Solutions’ swamp mats align with environmental goals by minimizing their impact on delicate ecosystems. Our mats are designed to distribute the weight of heavy equipment evenly, preventing damage to sensitive vegetation and reducing soil erosion.

Moreover, GFI Solutions’ CLT swamp mats’ durable, reusable and lightweight nature reduces the demand for new materials and the resulting carbon footprint associated with manufacturing and transportation. By choosing our CLT swamp mats as a strategic investment, your project can demonstrate its commitment to environmentally responsible practices.

Find the Swamp Mats You Need at GFI Solutions

When purchasing swamp mats, making strategic investments is crucial for the success of your project. Embracing the benefits of GFI Solutions’ swamp mats can provide your project with a distinct advantage, not only in terms of project execution but also in terms of long-term financial viability and environmental stewardship. With various other sustainable access solutions available, GFI Solutions is your source for swamp mats and more! Contact us today to learn more about renting or purchasing GFI Solutions’ CLT swamp mats.

Lightweight and Cost-Effective Swamp Mats

Lightweight and Cost-Effective Swamp Mats

For those working in the oil & gas, forestry, mining, civil and renewable energy industry, you have definitely experienced the challenges posed by Canada’s difficult landscapes. Working in a remote location and navigating heavy machinery and heavy loads across unstable terrain can be extremely dangerous, which is why you need robust and long-lasting matting solutions that can withstand the demands of your project.

If you’re a project manager searching for a lightweight, cost-effective and site-safe access solution for your next project, GFI Solutions has the perfect product for you. As Canada’s leading supplier of access matting solutions, GFI solutions is proud to offer a range of swamp mats. Our cost-effective and lightweight swamp mats offer you a durable solution that can meet the requirements of your project. Learn more about the benefits of our CLT swamp mats below!

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Mats

Generally, traditional bolted mats are the primary choice for site-safe access solutions; however, there are better options available on the market. CLT swamp mats are much more suited for heavy industries than traditional bolted mats. Instead of using traditional Douglas Fir to manufacture access mats, CLT mats are manufactured from Long Leaf Southern Yellow Pine wood fiber, which is 33% stronger than Douglas Fir. Compared to traditional bolted mats, CLT swamp mats are a safer and longer-lasting access solution for heavy equipment and heavy loads.

Safer For the Environment

Long Leaf Southern Yellow Pine wood is not only 33% stronger than Douglas Fir, but it’s also much more sustainable as it grows to harvestable maturity in approximately 20 years, whereas Douglas Fir takes up to 80 years. At GFI Solutions, we believe that it’s our responsibility to ensure the safety of your machinery, crew and environment, which is why we offer sustainable access matting solutions that can meet the needs of your project without causing harm to the environment.

Solid Foundation

The adhesion used to bond the fiber in our CLT swamp mats create a smooth and solid top surface that eliminates many hazards on the job site. Unlike traditional bolted mats, CLT mats don’t rely on bolts which removes the risk of puncture injuries or vehicle damage from loose bolts or gaps between the boards. GFI solutions Site Safe CLT access mats also have a wax sealer on all four edges of our swamp mats to reduce moisture absorption and increase the longevity of the mats.

Lightweight and Cost Effective Solution

There are many factors that determine the budget of your matting needs, including the cost of the product, transport, installation, removal and storage. Our CLT swamp mats are engineered to be two-thirds the weight of traditional bolted mats! We can fit 72 CLT swamp mats per load, saving you up to 60% in transportation costs! With a lighter CLT swamp mat, you will be able to fit more mats on loaders and shuttle trucks, increasing your savings by up to 40% on installation and removal costs. Save time and money and keep your project on track with GFI Solutions’ CLT swamp mats.

Our inventory of CLT access mats includes the following:

Site Safe 300 CLT Access Mats

  • Sizes: 4′ or 8′ wide x 14′, 16′ or 18′
  • 3-ply construction
  • Manufactured from sustainably sourced Long Leaf Southern Yellow Pine

Site Safe 500 CLT Access Mats

  • Sizes: 4′ or 8′ wide x 14′, 16′ or 18′
  • 5-ply construction
  • Manufactured from sustainably sourced Long Leaf Southern Yellow Pine

Site Safe 700 CLT Access Mats

  • Sizes: 8′ wide x 14′ or 16′
  • 7-ply construction
  • Manufactured from sustainably sourced Long Leaf Southern Yellow Pine

Site Safe Access Services and Products 

Our 24/7 service and support team offers customers access to our access matting products and services, including our rental and sales, mat washing, installation and turnkey services.

Contact us today to learn more about our site-safe access services and products!

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!

Find the Swamp Mats You Need at GFI

Find the Swamp Mats You Need at GFI

If your crew is ramping for a new project, you’re likely in the process of procuring the many assets you need to keep things on schedule and efficient. Access mats (also known as swamp mats) are one of your best bets to overcome the challenges presented by the Canadian landscape and seasonal changes, all while keeping your equipment and your crew safe. With a diverse inventory featuring industry-leading site safe access solutions, GFI Solutions is one of Canada’s leading suppliers of swamp mats and more. We offer 24/7 sales and shipping, delivery, as well as on-site installation and mat washing to make keeping your job site on track easier than ever. Learn more about our solutions below!

Swamp Mats at GFI

It’s no secret that the Canadian landscape and weather can be one of your biggest enemies during construction. Sudden temperature shifts or precipitation can leave your job site full of mud and ice, making it almost impossible to transport heavy equipment and resources safely. Fortunately, CLT Access mats make it easy to conquer treacherous terrain and get the job done on time. Designed to improve on the old school structure and performance of traditional bolted mats, CLT mats are up to 25% lighter, have a life-cycle that’s 3-5 times that of a standard bolted mat, and can help you save up to 40% on labour and 60% on shipping. With superior performance and savings, it’s no wonder that CLT mats have become the go-to choice for industry heavyweights!

Swamp Vs Access Mats

If you’re in the market for access mats but aren’t sure what models best fit your needs, there’s no need to worry. Our inventory spans from standard 300 level mats all the way to heavy-duty 500 level models, access bridges, and more. If you’re a Canadian company that’s wondering what the difference between a “swamp” mat and an “access mat” is, we’ve got you covered there as well. Here’s a little breakdown of the “difference”:

Typically speaking, in most cases, swamp mats and access mats usually refer to the same products and are simply used interchangeably. “Swamp” terminology is simply more relevant in humid climates where they have more marsh and swamps than we do up north, hence the change in the phrase. With that being said, it’s important to remember that if you’re needing heavy-duty solutions for use with equipment like excavators, you will likely need a rig mat instead.

Site Safe Access Mats At GFI

GFI is your home for leading CLT access mats that give you a leg up on the job site and help to stack on track. Unlike traditional bolted mats, CLT mats are constructed by bonding alternating perpendicular layers of wood and with a special adhesive for unmatched strength and performance. This method of bonding planks together instead of bolting means that the mats are able to flex with each load to distribute weight evenly, resulting in increased strength and longevity. Additional benefits of site safe CLT mats include:

  • High impact resistance and durability.
  • 3-5 times the lifespan of bolted mats.
  • Able to withstand the Canadian climate, all year-round.
  • Solid matting top reduces tripping hazards, as well as the tired damage to vehicles.
  • Lower shipping costs due to the lightweight nature of the mats (up to 60% more load capacity), and more.

Swamp Mats and More at GFI

GFI Solutions distributes site access products across Canada and is proud to offer a wide range of mats and access bridges for every application. Our team of experts offers our customers access to 24/7 rental and sales service, as well as mat washing, installation, turnkey services, and more. Learn more about our products by contacting our team today!