TIMBER MAT CARE: CLEANING, MOVING, & INSTALLING FOR REPEATED USE
Timber mats make it much easier to transport heavy construction equipment, particularly across rugged landscapes and to remote locations that could otherwise present significant challenges. But what about transporting timber mats themselves to sites for utilization?
Mats can be easily stacked and moved — but there are a few things that will help preserve your mats for repeated use as well as protect the environment.
HOW TO CLEAN TIMBER MATS
Timber mats should be cleaned between projects to avoid transferring invasive species from one site to another. Spreading invasive species can cause significant harm to an environment by negatively affecting biodiversity and even threatening agriculture. Invasive species can include both insects and plants. You can pressure wash mats to ensure they are clear. Another suggestion: Visually inspect mats to make sure you got everything before transporting them to a new project site.
HOW TO MOVE TIMBER MATS
Timber mats can easily be stacked and transported by rail or road. Lifting bolts can help transport mats to and from the vehicle. A semi truck flatbed, for example, is very effective for transporting stacked timber mats. Hook straps and tie-downs can be used no matter the type of transportation to ensure that mats do not fall over.
HOW TO INSTALL TIMBER MATS
Once you’re at the job site, mats must be properly laid down to create a stable pathway to transport heavy construction equipment. Consider utilizing a vehicle such as a skid steer or a hydraulic excavator. The transportation vehicle should drive on top of the mats as it lays down the temporary roadway mat by mat. Learn more in our post, “Tips for Properly Setting Up Timber Mats at the Project Site.”
Timber mats are a very effective and durable solution for helping protect both the environment and heavy construction equipment that needs to be transported. However, it’s important to remember basic safety precautions and other tips that can be useful during the transportation and installation process. If you have any questions, contact the experts at Viking Mat Company today