What Are Access Mats?
In their most basic form, access mats — also called equipment mats, construction mats and heavy equipment mats — create a surface on which construction equipment can function. Without mats, construction equipment — such as cranes, excavators and trucks — has to trudge through or be positioned on dirt, unstable soil, wet creeks or rocky surfaces. Construction mats can be used to create temporary roadways and bridges. This allows construction equipment to pass or create a solid base on which the equipment can be positioned to do the task that it is designed to perform.
Why Should a Company Utilize Access Mats?
If your company is not taking advantage of access mats, you may wonder what benefits the mats have to offer you. Some of the reasons why you should use equipment mats include:
- Protecting the environment from harm. Heavy construction equipment can be damaging to the environment. Due to its weight, the equipment may leave tire tracks and ruts behind as you drive the equipment through muddy, wet or soft ground. The equipment can also cause unstable soil to sink, altering the natural appearance of the area. Heavy equipment mats can help better support the weight of the equipment, instead of the ground having to do all the work. This helps to protect the environment from damage, so the area looks the same as it did before your equipment entered.
- Prevention of project delays. Your equipment may begin to sink when the ground is wet, soil is soft, or the ground is uneven. If your equipment starts sinking, it has to be dug or pulled out — which can take hours. This creates project delays that can be avoided simply by using access mats.
- Shielding your construction equipment from damage. Construction equipment can be harmed if it is used on unstable ground. The tires may wear faster or the equipment can tip. Construction mats help support the weight of the construction equipment, protecting it from wear and damage.
Why Select YAK MAT As Your Access Mat Supplier?
Our mats are uniquely constructed and designed to be used on a variety of terrains and equipment types. We can help you select the access mats that are best for your construction job or we can create a custom option for you. Contact us today to discuss your needs with us.