Construction Matting Applications - All About Matting

Matting can provide a safe working surface

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Over the years, construction projects have used matting to solve different situations at job sites. Matting can be used to provide a safe working surface while minimizing damages to roads, property or finish grade surfaces. Matting can be made of many materials and can be re-used over time. This article presents the benefits and applications when matting can be used.

Matting Applications

Matting can be used at different construction sites to improve access, prevent damages, and provide a solid working surface when soil conditions are inadequate to withstand the heavy equipment.

The following applications are the most common within the construction industry:

  1. Heavy Equipment Matting - In order to get heavy equipment or cranes to a specific location, matting can be used to create a path or platform so the equipment can move over or get access to that area. By having matting in place, you don't need to be worried about heavy loading, staging areas or any other requirement to locate that heavy equipment close to where it is needed.
  2. Prevent Soil Damages - Sometimes the site has very poor conditions or when ​the water table is too high, matting is the go-to solution. Matting can provide a stable work surface, able to resist water and allowing work at wetlands.
  3. Protect Underground Utilities - Matting can be installed over underground infrastructure, preventing damages from rut. Heavy equipment can travel or work a top of buried gas lines, sewer, power, telecom or any other utilities without causing damages to those lines.
  1. Environmental Benefits - Matting is environmental friendly. Matting will protect all water resources, prevent contamination or even expensive de-watering solutions. By simply having it place over creeks and other water courses, equipment can drive over without affecting the water stream or producing damages to the fauna in the area. Matting will also allow for a fast restoration of impacted areas.
  1. Paths and Roadways - When working at remote locations, on which a temporary path is required, matting will be the perfect solution. Matting can be easily placed, with ordinary equipment and can be re-used in other locations. You don't need to worry about gravel, crushed stone, asphalt or concrete, just use matting instead and it will be even faster.
  2. Safety - Matting can be customized depending on your specific needs. Matting can be reinforced for enhanced security and stability and most mats are slip-resistance surfaces, minimizing time loss due to inadequate conditions for employees to walk around.

Matting Custom Solutions

Matting can be design to meet specific project needs. Matting can be designed to float over wetlands, Some mats can also be designed with decks, and hallways able to reach into narrower spaces. The importance of matting is that it is reusable and portable, making it very easy to move from one site to another. Matting can be made out of laminated wood,steel, timber, composite, bamboo mats, HDPE and Emtek engineered construction mats.

Matting Contractors

Although matting can be very easy to install, there are many specialized contractors that will design, install and remove all matting products.Even further, these contractors will rent the matting solutions for you at a fraction of the cost of a permanent solution or improved soil conditions.

A few of those contractors are:

The Mat Source


New South Mat


Bridgewell Resources