Mats 101 – Timber Mats or Not-Timber Mats?
You have been tasked by your boss to provide temporary access to a remote work site over rough, sometimes very muddy terrain. You do a quick browser search for ‘temporary access matting’ or ‘timber mats’ which returns a number of sites providing products and site support.
You then quickly become confused trying to understand what exactly is the product being offered by different suppliers. Are there really that many types of access matting? What mat gives you fit-for-purpose, maximized return-on-investment for your temporary road, digging platform, oil rig support, laydown yard, or other need? Where do I find an honest mat comparison? Who can you trust for support?
There’s a large number of access matting products on the market. There’s also a larger number of names for these products, as the same type of mat can be known by different names in different industries and different regions. Paradox knows matting, knows what matting products best suit each need, and knows how to install, remove, clean and maintain mats. Our business is providing access solutions, not selling any particular product. We are here to apply both practical, learned wisdom and engineering expertise to comprehensively evaluating your project’s goals, then helping you choose your best solution.
So what are timber mats?
Timber mats refer to wood mats constructed by connecting heavy timbers together side-by-side to make a durable platform. Timber mats find use as rig matting, heavy equipment mats, digging mats, oil field combo mats, and crane mats. They are made from various grades of hardwood or softwood, in various shapes, with various interconnecting and lifting systems, and dimension of timber. They provide support for the heaviest of wheeled or tracked vehicles, suitable for mud-ugly terrain.
But, buyer beware – know what you are buying. Timber mats get made with premium-quality hardwoods like oak, beech, hickory, sycamore or pecan, 2nd-grade hardwoods like black walnut, gum(aspen), or hackberry, or softwoods like Douglas fir, pine or hemlock. You must know the specifications of the mats you are buying as you can be over-or-under-sold matting, leading to a lower ROI or even mat failure.
Veterans in the business know the pratfalls. Newcomers need education and guidance. Both groups want to deal with professionals. We at Paradox welcome all enquiries – let’s get started. Explore our site and welcome to the world of access matting!
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