Site Access Solutions at GFI

Site Access Solutions at GFI

Access mat is a generic term used to describe a large wooden mat designed to withstand heavy equipment’s weight and safely transport material across uneven surfaces. While this is true to a degree, different access mats are designed for various applications and manufactured using different methods. Below we’ll discuss the different types of access mats you might need in your next project.

What Type of Access Solution Do You Need?

Before calling your supplier, you must first carefully plan out the type of access mats you need. Below are the typical access solutions for remote job sites:

1. Worksite Access Mats

Worksite access mats are typically installed throughout a worksite to create temporary roads for machines and crew. While bolted mats are more commonly known as the traditional access matting solution for uneven terrain, Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) mats have exceeded expectations. CLT mats offer superior performance compared to standard bolted mats and a life cycle generally 3-5 times longer than conventional bolted mats. Using an environmentally friendly adhesive to bond alternating perpendicular layers of wood creates a unique access mat that is 40% lighter and twice as durable as traditional bolted mats. If you’re looking for safe site access mats, you can depend on CLT worksite access mats to offer you the strength and durability you need.

2. Rig Mats

Not all rig mats are created alike. GFI Solutions’ rig mats are also designed using the unique process of Cross Laminated Timber that gives the rig mats unmatched strength. CLT rig mats are designed to equally distribute the weight across the platform rather than on singular pressure points. The use of the environmentally friendly adhesive not only protects the environment and offers a sustainable product, but it also protects the rig mat from any mould that can decrease its life cycle. At GFI Solutions, we are proud to offer a variety of rig mats manufactured in 13-ply, 11-ply, 9-ply and more! We have also worked with customers to customize rig mats and ensure that all their rig mat needs are met.

3. Crane Mats

Crane mats are designed to withstand heavier loads and equipment than other access mats, as they are manufactured using a steel frame to add support. GFI Solutions supplies crane mats that are reliable and safe for any crane operation and transportation, even on the most challenging terrain. We have worked with many partners in the oil & gas, civil, environmental and petrochemical industry to provide them with cost-effective and safe access crane mats.

Rent or Buy Safe Site Access Solutions

At GFI Solutions, we offer mat rental and purchase services to our clients to ensure that they find the safest site access solution at a cost-effective price. We understand the challenges of managing a remote worksite and keeping your project in scope while staying within your budget. We also provide clients with the following services to ensure that all their site access needs are met:

  • Turn-key
  • Delivery and installation
  • Inventory management
  • Planning and consultation
  • Mat Washing

Partner with GFI Solutions for All Your Site Access Solutions 

Contact our 24/7 sales and service support team to learn more about our site access products and services today!

GFI Matting Solutions: Your Choice for Worksite Success

GFI Matting Solutions: Your Choice for Worksite Success

The busy part of construction season may be coming to a slower head with the weather getting ready to change for the winter, but as any Canadian will tell you, that doesn’t stop us from getting the job done. As terrain changes and the yearly freeze/thaw cycle begins to set in, the landscape begins to present a wide range of challenges to your operations. From mud to icy roadways, slush, and plenty of other hazards, finding a safe way to navigate your site becomes a necessity. Access mats are the perfect solution for overcoming terrain hazards and setting your operations up for success.

As one of Canada’s leading suppliers of site-safe CLT access solutions, we’re proud to carry high-end access mats and access bridges that make it easy to stay on track, stay safe, and get the job done right. Learn more about the benefit of CLT mats as well as working with GFI below!

No More Access Compromises

Being able to transport goods to and from your site is one of the most important factors of project success, and delays can quickly rack up costs that put you way over budget. Whether it’s equipment, crew members, or other resources, you need to be able to get your assets from point a to point b without issue. Access mats make it possible to do so regardless of the challenges posed by the landscape, while also protecting the environment and keeping your team safe. At GFI, we offer you access to the top site access solutions on the market, including high-end mats manufactured with cross-laminated timber. When you need products you can trust, you need GFI!

CLT Mats: Higher Performance, Lower Cost

If you haven’t made the switch from traditional bolted mats to the new industry leader of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), you’re missing out! As a relative newcomer on the market, CLT mats have come the new trusted standard on many job sites, and for good reason. The unique design of CLT mats has been crafted to improve upon the performance of bolted mats to the benefit of procurement and constructions managers across North America. CLT access mats are 40% lighter than bolted mats, offer a lifecycle that is 3-5 times longer, and are often crafted from wood that is 30% stronger than the standard Douglas fir used on bolted mats. The lighter weight profile of CLT mats can save you significant cash by allowing you to transfer up to 60% more worksite mats per load, and thanks to the enhanced flexibility of the mats that comes from the process of bonding planks together instead of opting them, you don’t have to worry about sudden breakages and failures.

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 access 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. For all of your temporary pathways, crane mat, and general worksite mat needs, GFI is here to help.


GFI Is Here to Serve Alberta With the Best Access Mats on the Market

GFI Is Here to Serve Alberta With the Best Access Mats on the Market

Built with diverse terrains in mind, GFI is proud to bring Alberta CLT access mats that you can trust on your worksite. As an Alberta-based company, we know the elements that you need to factor in when choosing an access mat solution that will work effectively. That is why we are proud to be the premier retailer of Sterling Solutions’ Cross Laminated Timber mats. With a long list of benefits, we know that CLT access mats are the best choice for projects all over Alberta. Keep reading to learn why you should choose CLT access mats for your next project.

Setting the Standard for Access Mats

Traditional bolted mats may have been the standard in the past, but CLT mats are the upgraded standard. While traditional bolted mats can cause harmful trip and fall accidents because of protruding parts, or even damage equipment, CLT mats do not use any bolts in their construction. Instead, wood is bound with an environmentally friendly adhesive that creates a smooth, seamless surface for safer transport and less damage to equipment.

Constructed To Save You Money

Built to save you money with every application, CLT access mats have been strategically engineered lighter and with more durable wood. Transportation fees are significantly reduced because you can load more CLT mats per freight compared to traditional mats. Also, since these mats are not heavy, set up and takedown is a much shorter process and can be done in a fraction of the time it takes traditional mats. This speedy and highly efficient process saves you money on equipment and labour costs.

Paying for high replacement and damage costs after a job can take an unexpected toll on your project budget. CLT access mats have been tested in extreme cold conditions and have come out on top. De-laminating and other damages are a non-factor for these access mat solutions. With more reliable access mats that hold their own against the elements, your company can save hundreds of thousands of dollars on replacement and damage fees, not to mention proven saving on mat washing services.

Tested in temperatures as lows as -56°C (-70°F) and as high as 65°C (150°F), CLT mats engineered to take on any extreme temperatures without experiencing any issues. These mats are tough and long-lasting, making them ideal for Alberta’s climate. CLT mats give you the best ROI long-term since you are investing in a product that will continue to last and keep its quality. Instead of dealing with delays because of faulty access mat solutions, you can put your time towards achieving your project goals instead.

Choose GFI For Your Access Mats

Partnering with GFI Solutions is the first step in having a safe and efficient work site. Our products give you the reliability you need to get the job done. We offer 24/7 support to all of our customers so that you can get the answers you need when you need them.

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CLT Access Mats: The Better Way To Protect Your Jobsite

CLT Access Mats: The Better Way To Protect Your Jobsite

Need temporary road and site access solutions you can count on to keep your project moving? Worried about costly delays because of changing terrain and shifting weather patterns? TerraLam® cross-laminated timber mats are your first choice when it comes to cost-friendly, durable access matting. Trusted by the biggest names in the construction, oil & gas, renewable energy, petrochemical, mining, power and other heavy industries, access mats play a vital role in ensuring project success and preventing costly delays. GFI Solutions is proud to be a leading supplier of TerraLam® CLT mats are lightweight, dependable, and built to last. Learn more about the benefits of using access mats as well as TerraLam®, below.

Conquer The Landscape With Access Mats

Project managers and site supervisors across Canada will already be aware, climate and topography are often two of the biggest challenges to factor in when tackling a major job. Between rugged terrain and shifting weather patterns, access to your site can be quickly become difficult, especially if you require heavy loads or machinery to routinely cross in and out of the site. Access mats make it easy to tackle the challenges presented by mud, ice, and other foundation issues by creating a level foundation for transport vehicles to cross.

At GFI, we are proud to be the exclusive Canadian distributor of TerraLam®’s line of Cross Laminated Timber matting solutions. Built to withstand the demand of heavy loads and constant use, TerraLam® provides exceptional quality and performance, no matter your application.

TerraLam® Matting Solutions

Coming in at 40% lighter and longer-lasting than conventional bolted access mats, TerraLam® CLT access mats are a fantastic choice for those looking to outfit their worksite with solutions that offer superior durability while saving on shipping. The lighter designs make it possible to haul twice as many per load, and the incredible strength of each mat means you never have to worry about sudden breakages, damage or premature replacement.

What Makes CLT Mats Different

The secret to the strength and durability of CLT access mats come lies in the unique construction method compared to traditional mats. TerraLam® mats are created using an innovative process called Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT), which uses an environmentally safe, structural adhesive to bond alternating southern yellow pine planks together instead of bolts. Where traditional bolted mats are only able to transfer the burden of a load at the location of the mechanical fasteners, adhered TerraLam® access mats distribute the weight evenly throughout the entire mat, giving it increased durability and flexibility to prevent cracks or breaks. This means TerraLam® mats are able to offer increased performance and longevity, giving you optimal returns on your investment.

Want More Info On CLT Site Access Solutions?

Contact GFI Solutions to learn more about TerraLam® Products today.

Worksite Access Mats and More at GFI Solutions

Worksite Access Mats and More at GFI Solutions

It’s time for a better, more dependable source of site access solutions. It’s time to explore the benefits of TerraLam® CLT access mats at GFI.

In need of transport and access solutions that allow your fleet and machinery to freely navigate your worksite with minimal difficulty and disruption? Do you need a way to help keep your project in line with environmental remediation standards? GFI Solutions is here to help. As Canada’s go-to source for all things access matting and site-related, our team is proud to service clients spanning the oil & gas, construction, energy, mining, and related sectors Canada-wide. With 24/7 sales and rental support and round the clock service, you can on our team, as well as our superior products to keep your worksite safe and efficient. Learn more about the benefits of TerraLam® mats and partnering with GFI below!

TerraLam® Mats: The New Standard Of Excellence

Access mats play a vital role in ensuring the safety and efficiency of your job site, making quality just as important as availability. GFI is proud to supply the most dependable solutions on the market to our customers across the country, and is Canada’s exclusive dealer of Sterling Solutions’ line of TerraLam® CLT Worksite access mats and TerraCross® bridges.

TerraLam® mats are made from high quality southern yellow pine and engineered to be tougher, more durable, as well as lighter weight than traditional bolted mats. This all translates to superior performance, as well as large savings for project managers in any industry.

What Sets CLT Apart?

TerraLam® mats use a unique manufacturing approach adopted by Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) mats. Distinct from the manner in which traditional mats are created, the CLT method binds planks together using structural adhesive instead of bolts. As a result, the worksite mats are lightweight and able to flex in order to distribute loads throughout the entire surface, allowing for them to tackle heavy jobs with ease. In addition to superior durability, the adhesive also protects the mat from rot, decay, and environmental damage.

GFI: Your Partner in Site Access Solutions

At GFI Solutions, our first priority is, and always will be, supporting our customers. We offer round the clock service, rentals and sales to keep you moving. In addition to mat sales and rentals, our solutions include:

  • Turnkey services
  • Inventory management
  • Manufacturing
  • Delivery& Installation
  • Mat washing
  • Planning & consultation, and more.

For more information on leading access mat products throughout Alberta and Western Canada, contact GFI today.