Timber mats are one of the sturdiest construction mats available. They are often used on pipeline and power line projects where tracked equipment is heavily utilized.
The timber mat’s thickness makes it capable of bearing the stress of these heavy-duty machines. They can also be used to support more traditional vehicles with rubber tires. This makes timber mats one of the most versatile construction mats, and the strongest wood mat you can rent from Select Mat.
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A Popular Choice for Pipeline Projects
Timber mats are made from thick pieces of timber that are steel-bolted together. They are one of the thickest and strongest construction mats in the market.
Timber mats are very popular choices for pipeline projects, particularly those that take place in muddy and swampy areas. Their thickness also makes them excellent for supporting tracked machinery such as bulldozers.
Using construction mats on your job site is important for preserving the environment and supporting sustainability. Companies are expected to take reasonable measures to protect the ecosystem of their construction project by state and federal agencies. Timber mats are proven and recognized as a sustainable way to provide access for vehicles and machines through swamps and heavily wooded areas.
Timber mats are a fantastic choice for providing safe access for your machines through rough or muddy terrain. Their thickness makes them particularly strong and reliable among other construction mats for heavy load-bearing and support for tracked machines. Only crane mats surpass them in thickness.
There are only three types of construction mats that we at Select Mat recommend for tracked machine support: timber mats, composite mats, and crane mats. Each has its own advantages and distinctions. If you're looking for mats to buy or rent, be sure to ask one of our matting experts for help on determining the best mats for your project.
Timber mats are available to rent from Select Mat. Renting mats can save your company money by decreasing your upfront project costs. Mats are available at day rates. For more information, get a quick quote and ask a member of our team about the cost benefits of renting mats. Depending on the length of your project, it could be the best option for you.
If you want to know more about timber mats and the other types of construction mats that you can use for your pipeline or T&D project, call Select Mat today at 833-203-1515.
You can also click the button below to submit a form request for more a quick quote. We focus on providing rapid turnaround on all of our quotes, because we know you need to avoid costly delays and finish your project on time. That's also why we offer mat installation and removal with a personal project manager for orders of 1,000+ mats.
Most pipeline and T&D projects need multiple types of construction mats for optimal access, safety, and cost efficiency. That's why our company carries every type of road mat, so that our customers can get the combination that's best for their budget and project needs.
Here is more information on the other types of mats available through Select Mat.
CLT stands for "cross-laminated timber". This type of mat is made from non-hardwood species such as pine, in order to reduce their weight. This makes CLT mats the lightweight choice among other types of wood mats. The advantage of this feature is that CLT mats can potentially save you money on freight, at least when compared to laminated mats.
However, their thinness and lightweight wood also makes them considerably weaker than timber mats, crane mats, and composite mats. Therefore, they should not be used to support tracked machines.
Another distinct feature of CLT mats is their engineering. Rather than being nailed or bolted together, CLT matting is held together with industrial adhesive. The wood panels are then vacuum-sealed together. This makes them particularly stiff, which can be advantageous in certain applications. It also makes them somewhat smoother than laminated mats, which have more spacing in between the panels.
Composite mats are one of the most versatile types of road mats. Like crane mats and timber mats, composite mats can support tracked machines in certain scenarios. They are made from a type of industrial-grade plastic called high-density polyethylene, a.k.a. HDPE. For this reason, composite mats are sometimes called HDPE mats or poly mats.
Their HDPE composition gives composite mats a number of distinct advantages over other types of road mat. For one thing, they are non-absorbent, thus adding additional levels of environmental protection. Poly mats also have a high rate of reusability, because they don't crack, swell, or rot. Poly mats are easy to clean and store, and they are flexible, which makes them easier to install. Additionally, HDPE mats are manufactured to link together like a chain. Access roads made from HDPE mats will have no gaps in between the mats, making for a relatively smooth path.
Crane mats are the thickest road mats on the market. As such, they are the best choice for supporting cranes and other particularly large tracked machines. Crane mats are ideal for building air bridges over pipeline. In fact, they are the only type of road mat that our company recommends for this purpose. Be sure to ask our team about crane mats and timber mats to determine which of these mats is best for your needs.
Laminated mats are perhaps the most common type of construction mat in the market. These are simple, 3 ply wood mats made from hardwood that are bolted or nailed together. These mats are fantastic choices for supporting rubber tired vehicles and covering a lot of ground on large job sites. However, they are not thick enough to support cranes, bulldozers, or other tracked machinery.