Three Kinds of Composite Matting
Composite Matting is an amazing tool. Because it’s made from engineered materials, these mats are strong, durable, and impermeable. That means your crews can really put them to work, in a variety of different application, without cross-contaminating your work sites. That kind of flexibility pays dividends, especially on a limited budget.
But, the term composite matting is kind of a catch-all term that describes the manufacturing material. Within that large category are a number of different mat styles that fit certain projects better than others. Here’s a quick rundown on the three main styles of composite access mats.
There’s really nothing lightweight about these mats, except that they’re the smallest of the three styles. Measuring 1.5″ x 4′ x 8′, these mats can handle a wide variety of equipment including rubber- tired vehicles, excavators, heavy machinery, cranes, & drilling rigs with loads up to 175,000 pounds. And because they’re constructed from 100% recycled or virgin high density (HD) or ultra-high molecular weight (UHMW) polyethylene, these mats are essentially indestructible. The material also protects against invasive species and chemicals, so they’re ideal for use in environmentally sensitive areas.
One big advantage of using smaller mats is that you can ship more of them per truckload. That translates to big savings. These composite mats also come with optional extras for connectivity including “drop in” bolt connectors; metal connectors for heavy and tracked equipment, or high tensile “flex” straps for increased safety and maximum stability. Buyers can also include non-slip reflective markings and “cats eyes” for night safety.
The next class of composite mat comes delivered in 1.75″ x 13′ x 6.5′ sections, weighing in at 794 pounds apiece. It’s made from the same heavy duty polyethylene material, so these mats are also resistant to chemicals and the elements. But these heavier mats can support loads up to 300,000 pounds. As a result, these mats are suitable for much larger machinery while still delivering maximum traction, mud dispersement during vehicle travel, reduced sideways movement and slippage, and optimal forward traction. These larger mats also offer the same optional connectivity and safety extras as the lightweight models.
For the really big jobs, opt for the largest style of composite mat which measure out at 4.25” x 7’-6′ x 14′ and weigh 1,122 pounds each. These mats include a unique cross-rib interior construction which reduces weight while increasing strength. The result is that these mats can support compressive loads above 600 pounds per square inch without buckling. They can also conform to uneven terrain while in use and then return to their original shape.
The large mats also come equipped with overlapping flanges which nest and interlock the mats together for added rigidity. They also include a more robust connection system consisting of a self-aligning locking mechanism that connects the overlapping flange from adjacent mats, allowing individual sections to bear tremendous weights. These durable mats can be used for applications diverse as temporary road access, utility and pipeline crossings, aircraft runways, helicopter pads, industrial work platforms, and so much more.
Call Industrial Matting for More Information
Of course everyone’s needs are different, and the composite matting system you use will depend on how you’ll use it. That’s where our matting expert come in. Their years of in-depth construction expertise gives them the ability to design matting solutions that are tailor made for our client’s needs. They’ll assess your job, your goals, and your budget to deliver the perfect mat for you. If you’d like to learn more, call Industrial Matting at (888) 543-MATS. Or you can fill out the form on our contact page and we’ll get right back to you.