2021 Road Matting Guide

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Select Mat is a one-stop shop for road matting solutions that allow you to move your crews and equipment on safe and stable ground. We not only offer road mats for lease, rent, or purchase, but we also provide swift installation and removal. 

This post is a detailed overview of each of the products we offer for your construction needs, including the best uses and purchase options. We’ll also share a bit about our company, our mission, and what you can expect when working with us.

Why You Need Road Matting

Road mats are equipment that provide level ground on construction sites. They’re also called swamp mats and access mats. This is because pipeline and construction projects almost never take place on smooth terrain. Instead, they often pass through swamps and other wilderness that’s wet and unstable. 

Road matting allows crews and heavy machinery to navigate these areas safely and with relative ease. Not only that, but they help preserve the ecosystem surrounding the project by minimizing the draining and digging that would otherwise be necessary to provide a secure path.

Our Road Mat Solutions

We offer each of the following products for your construction needs. All products are available for delivery to the entire continental United States:

  • Laminated Mats 
  • CLT Mats
  • Composite Mats * (our most popular product)
  • Timber Mats
  • Crane Mats
  • Pipeline Skids 
  • Pipeline Cones
  • Wood Poles 

Laminated Mats

The laminated mat is historically one of the most widely-used road mats. 

Composition

Three layers of wood, aka 3-ply, nailed or bolted together. Usually the wood is hardwood.

Ideal Use

This product is best used to support rubber-tired machines.

Sizes

8’ x 14’
8’ x 16’

Per Truckload

15-18 depending on the size. 

Available for Rent, Lease, or Purchase.

CLT Mats

CLT Mats are similar to laminated mats in their structure and purpose. However, they are lighter weight, which allows you to save on freight costs and makes them somewhat easier to install.

Composition

Like laminated mats, CLTs are three pieces of wood stuck together. However, they are made of pine wood rather than hardwood, and they are joined by strong adhesives rather than nails or bolts.

Ideal Use

These work well for rubber-tired vehicles. They aren’t as useful for tracked equipment.

Sizes

8’ x 14’
8’ x 16’

Per Truckload

18-33 depending on the size.

Available for Rent, Lease, or Purchase.

Composite Mats

Composite mats are our biggest seller because they offer numerous advantages over other road matting products. For one thing, they are stronger than both laminated and CLT matting. They are also lighter, which will reduce your freight costs. Composite mats also hold up against rain and extreme weather better than wood mats, and they have a higher rate of reusability. 

Perhaps best of all, composite mats latch together like links in a chain and have no gaps between them as a result. These features and others highly benefit the safety and flow of your project.

Composition

The composite mat is made of high-density plastic compounds.

Ideal Use

The composite mat works well for both rubber-tired and tracked equipment.

Sizes

8’ x 14’

Per Truckload

36 (Bolted)
45 (Welded)

Available for Rent or Purchase.

Timber Mats

The timber mat is a heavy-duty product and a popular choice for T&D and pipeline projects

Ideal Use

Commonly used in muddy areas for tracked equipment.

Sizes

4’ x 18’ x 8”
14’ x 16’ x 8”

Per Truckload

15-18 per truck.

Available for Rent or Purchase.

Crane Mats 

Crane mats are the thickest and most heavy duty road matting solution. They are sometimes called bridge mats. Their most common use is supporting cranes and their loads, but they have other uses as well.

Ideal Use

In addition to supporting cranes, the crane mat is ideal for creating bridges over low crossings and pipelines.

Sizes

4’x12’x12″
4’x16’x12″
4’x20’x12″
4’x24’x12″
4’x30’x12″
4’x40’x12″

Per Truckload

16      for 4′ x 12′ x 12″
10      for 4′ x 16′ x 12″
9-10  for 4′ x 20′ x 12″
7-8    for 4′ x 24′ x 12″
6        for 4′ x 30′ x 12”
4-5    for 4’ x 40′ x 12″

Available for Purchase.

About Select Mat

We are a full-service road matting provider headquartered in North Texas. While the construction industry is known for being a dishonest and cutthroat environment, our culture operates from the values of transparency, consistency, follow-through, and collaboration.

Fast Quotes

We are consistently praised by our customers for our quote speed, because we value your time and always strive to return your estimate ASAP.

Fast Installation and Removal

Select Mat provides onsite project managers for all projects past a certain area and/or order size. Having a personalized project manager can drastically speed up the road matting installation and removal of your job site, potentially saving you a lot of money in overtime, hotels, and opportunity cost.

Serving the Entire Continental United States

All of our products and services are available anywhere in the continental US. 

We have served the following areas: Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia.

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