Cross laminated timber mats (aka CLT mats) are one of the 5 main types of swamp mats. By and large, they are most similar to the laminated mat in their ideal use and engineering. However, cross laminated timber mats are lighter weight than laminated mats. This means that using CLT matting as a substitute for laminated matting can save you money on freight. These swamp mats are Ideal for machines with rubber tires. However, minimal tracked equipment should be used on this type of swamp mat.
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Cross Laminated Timber Engineering
Cross laminated timber mats consist of three layers of lumber. CLT mat lumber is usually pine wood or another type of non-hardwood species. This is what gives cross-laminated timber matting its lightweight qualities.
Unlike laminated mats which are bolted or nailed together, CLTs are glued together with an industrial-grade adhesive. Engineers often use vacuum or hydraulic pressure to press them together (cross-laminate them). This method creates mats with no spaces between the pieces of lumber. The advantage of this type if engineering is a somewhat smoother design and a firmer, more rigid mat all-around. This added rigidity can allow CLT mats to support more weight in certain applications.
Sizes Available: 8’x14′, 8’x16′
CLT mats are usually made from pine or non-hardwood. Generally speaking, this makes them a light-weight option among other mats. With these swamp mats, you can save money on freight.
Like laminated mats, Cross-laminated timber mats should not be used to support tracked machinery like cranes and bulldozers. However, they are well-suited to support vehicles with rubber tires.
Due to their engineering, cross laminated timber mats have no gaps between their panels. This can create a smoother path for your vehicles.
Like all swamp mats, CLT mats help you protect the environment surrounding your job site. This is important from an ethical and compliance perspective.
Cross laminated timber engineering makes CLT mats fairly stiff compared to other types of mats. This stiffness can be helpful depending on the task at hand, but it can also make these mats more prone to cracking compared to their more flexible counterparts.
All CLT mats sold or leased through Select Mat are typically 3-layered. However, there are other types of cross laminated mats that have as many as 5 layers. This will depend on the manufacturer.
Are you interested in renting mats for additional savings? Select Mat offers swamp mats rental in addition to mats for sale. We also offer mat installation and removal for orders of 1,000 swamp mats or more. This can help you save significant time at the beginning and end of your project, saving you money on overtime and helping you hit your incentives.
In addition, our company offers CLT and laminated mats for lease. This means that you can rent these swamp mats for a set lease period for additional savings over day rates. If you’re ready to get started or would like more information, click the button below to reach our matting experts.
In addition to cross laminated timber mats, Select Mat carries every type of swamp mat for your pipeline, T&D or construction project. Each mat has its own distinct advantages in terms of access and support. We encourage you to explore each kind here. If you want more information on the best mat combination for your job site, call our matting experts at 833-203-1515 .
Laminated mats and CLT mats are similar in use. Each type of mat is useful for supporting rubber-tired vehicles and (usually) consists of 3 layers. They are also both very useful for covering large surface areas. However, laminated mats are not hydraulically or vacuum-sealed together like cross laminated timber mats. Instead, these swamp mats are simply bolted or nailed together. They are also typically composed of hardwood species. As a result, laminated mats can be stronger overall than CLT mats. However, their added density also makes them heavier overall, so their freight costs are typically higher.
Composite mats are distinct from all other swamp mats in that they are not made from wood. Rather, they are made from a thick type of plastic called high-density polyethylene, aka HDPE. This is why composite mats are sometimes referred to as poly mats or HDPE mats.
Unlike CLT and laminated mats, composite mats are capable of supporting both rubber tires and tracked machinery. Each mat also links together like a chain, meaning that these swamp mats provide access roads with no gaps in between the mats. This is a very nice feature for creating safe access on job sites.
Additionally, composite mats do not rot, crack, or decay like other types of swamp mats due to being made from plastic. This also makes them relatively easy to clean and store. Not only that, but poly mats are non-absorbent. Meaning, they don’t absorb or transfer contaminates to-and-from the environment of the job site as much as other types of swamp mats do.
Lastly, composite mats have a high reusability ratio compared to other mat types. If you’re interested in swamp mats rental, be sure to ask about composite matting.
Next to crane mats, timber mats are the thickest swamp mat available. They are also capable of supporting tracked machines, and they can provide valuable support for rubber tired machines as well.