Using Timber Mats for Temporary Roads
Timber mats are made to be durable, constructed 8 to 12 inches thick out of strong hardwoods and built to last. They’re typically 4 or 5 feet wide and can be constructed however long you need them to be. This makes them the perfect, customizable tool for project managers and overseers. They’re commonly used in a wide variety of industries that need to move heavy equipment from one place to another.
How It Started
Industries that have to transport heavy equipment over rough terrain have always built temporary roads to make travel easier. Before timber mats were used, bumps were leveled by adding tons of fill materials to the path to make it as even as possible. Not only did this harm the environment by introducing foreign materials into the area, it prevented grass and new growth from emerging once the job was completed.
Benefits of Timber Mats
Instead of building these old-fashioned roads, many companies now use timber crane mats to form temporary roads into areas that are difficult to access. They cause much less harm to the environment since they can be completely removed once the job is done. They also take much less time and effort to lay down, getting you to your destination as quickly as possible. You can reuse these mats on several different job sites, which often makes them less expensive than creating a road out of filler materials that can only be used once.
Where to Use Timber Mats
Oak mats are ideal in many different job settings. They’re often used to form a safe, durable roadway over uneven terrain. They can even create a sure path through streams and boggy areas. They may be used to create access roads to job sites over delicate terrain, since grass and other plants can grow back quickly once the mats are removed. And, of course, they can be used at the job site itself to stabilize heavy machinery or provide a staging area for construction materials.