The name ‘composite mats’ commonly refers to mats made from synthetic materials like fiberglass and plastic. They are part of the swamp matting family, used for temporary roadways and working platforms. Rubber mats and CLT mats are included in this grouping in some regions.
Composite mats do not absorb, retain or release chemicals or liquids. They protect the underlying ground which is advantageous when working in ecologically sensitive areas such as wetlands, coastal sands, muskeg or marshes. Their composition is non-conductive, avoiding problems with static electricity and eliminating the risk of rot, insect infestation, warping, or breakage that can potentially affect wood mats. Unlike softwood and hardwood mats, composite mats absorb no water, again making them advantageous in wet or mud-ugly situations.
Unlike wood, details that can be engineered into composite mat design are vast. Texture, shape, color, reinforcement, hinges, handles, – all can all be designed, tested and improved in very short cycles. Composites are being used advantageously in place of wood for rig mat decking.
New applications are regularly found – it’s hard to stay comprehensively updated on new product development. Having an expert helping you find your fit-for-purpose matting solution ensures you understand the available products, understand your specific access needs including your target lifecycle cost, and are satisfied with decisions made. We are experts, thoroughly experienced with virtually all matting products. We know when composite mats are superior to hardwood mats or other products and we will advise you accordingly.
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