The Right Choice for Sand

In the words of Anakin Skywalker, “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse, and rough, and irritating, and it gets everywhere.” I know a lot of contractors who would agree with the young Jedi.

Sand can be an absolute pain to deal with on a construction site – every bit as much as thick mud. Vehicles and heavy machinery can easily get dug in and stuck. Mats are the obvious solution, but specifically composite mats.

Polyethylene composite mats offer a number of advantages over traditional laminated wood mats. Composites are far more durable, while remaining surprisingly lightweight and flexible, and link together for safety. But there are a few reasons why composite mats are the superior investment over wood, specifically when it comes to handling sandy terrain.

  1. Wood mats can sink

    This is a problem you can run into with wood mats on kind of soft terrain, simply because they aren’t solid. Laminated mats are made of three layers of hardwood bolted together. As such, most are full of slats that sand can easily penetrate. The longer you drive on laminated mats, the deeper they’re liable to sink. By comparison, the only holes in composite mats are where pins are inserted to link them together.

  2. Composites can adapt

    The flexibility of composite mats has benefits beyond ease of design during installation. Their supple nature also means that as the sandy ground shifts beneath them, they can bend and adapt without breaking, unlike rigid wood mats. Who knew mats could also teach life lessons?

  3. Composites are stronger together

    Because composites lock together, they act as one cohesive unit. This makes them more secure and difficult to move in the wrong direction, unlike individual wood mats simply placed next to each other.

Have more questions? Give us a call at 833-203-1515 or email us at info@selectmat.com and we’d be happy to help.