There are many types of construction mats, and each has its benefits and drawbacks. The lifespan of the product depends on a number of factors. Today’s mats for construction are lasting longer than ever. Let’s talk about the how’s and why’s of a mat’s lifespan.
How Long Do Construction Mats Last?
If you are looking at a wooden mat, it may be as short as a year. If you are looking to a composite mat, that could run up to 30 years. There are different aspects of use that will contribute to the longevity of mats for construction.
Wooden Construction Mat Lifespan
When you get our wooden mats, you are getting a high quality product that has been made to exacting standards. It also has been treated to prevent rot and decay. However, since it is a natural product, it doesn’t have a long lifespan. A good rule of thumb is to expect it to last from 18 months to two years.
To help them last longer, keep in mind that they should be the appropriate density and strength for the job they are chosen to do. The wrong mats will wear out faster than the ones made for the workload.
Likewise, think about how they are moved. You don’t want to weaken them by swinging them around or dropping them.
Other wear factors include the species of wood and the location of the project. If you are in a wet or humid environment, that will take its toll. Likewise, saltwater areas will cause more deterioration of the wood than fresh water areas.
Composite Construction Mat Lifespan
Composite mats can last for many years without deterioration. However, they do need to be handled with care when moving. Furthermore, their capability must be kept in mind when choosing how to use them. You don’t want to run heavy equipment over mats that aren’t meant to handle that much weight.
When choosing composites, you will want to ask about warranties and lifespan expectancy. Heavy duty composite mats may have ten-year warranties or longer ones. Essentially composite mats will last as long as you are willing to take care of them and use them appropriately.
You can ask the experts at Spartan Mats which mat is right for you. Just contact us with your questions and concerns.