Less-than-ideal project venues are a common challenge in construction. Construction mats help create a more functional surface for construction equipment when ground conditions are difficult. Composite mats last longer than wood underlays and avoid problems such as rotting, warping, insect infestation and board cracking. They are also resistant to many factors and provide excellent ground protection against chemical spills. Why else should you be interested in them?
What are building mats and underlays?
The mats can be used for various types of equipment on a variety of grounds. They work well during works:
- in mud,
- on unstable soil,
- uneven or rocky surfaces,
- peat bogs,
- by streams.
Sleepers can also help provide access to jobs in areas where environmental care is important.
The use of construction mats can help reduce resource consumption as well as protect expensive equipment. Mats and pads also help prevent project delays that can occur when wet or soft soil causes flooding or stalling heavy machinery. Mats also help protect the environment that can be damaged by construction equipment.
Composite mats and those made of hard wood
Both composite mats and wooden underlays provide a solid, durable base for construction equipment in difficult locations on the construction site. Wooden platforms are made of various types of wood and come in a wide range of sizes and shapes. Composite mats and underlays are made of synthetic materials and have several advantages over their traditional counterparts. They are characterized by:
Durability – with composite mats, you do not have to worry about the problems generated by rot, warping, cracking boards and insects. They are also able to withstand extreme weather conditions, unstable terrain or difficult soil types. Since composite mats do not absorb liquids, they can be left in one place for a long time.
Versatile – Composite mats and construction pads can be set up for almost any task. It’s worth remembering that they are reusable, and because they are lighter than hardwood mats, they cost much less to transport.
Protection – Although composite mats are lightweight, easy to transport and handle, they can still withstand enormous weight and provide excellent protection for construction equipment, people and the environment. The roughened surface pattern provides better grip, reducing the risk of slipping. The composite material is also non-conductive, so it protects against problems with static electricity.