Ground Protection Mats and Portable Roadway Information
Ground protection mats and portable roadway are large heavy duty mats that cover and protect the ground and turf from damage due to foot and vehicle traffic. Applications for ground protection mats and portable roadway include construction projects requiring heavy equipment. They are also known as turf protection mats, heavy equipment mats, or rig mats.
The primary function of a ground protection mat or portable roadway is to protect the ground or turf below it from heavy traffic. It can also provide better traction for people or vehicles in areas where damage or injury would be likely due to slippery surfaces.
Ground protection mats and portable roadway are commonly made of a high-density polymer (such as HDPE) or wood. Ground protection mats and portable roadway are generally large enough that their lengths and widths will be measured in feet and be more or less modular to form larger mats if desired. Ground protection mats made from polymer materials come in various colors.
Color selections includes black, white, green, or clear; each of these colors have advantages based on application. White mats are good for light reflection to prevent the mat from getting hot but can cause glare. Black mats will not cause glare issues but can become hot if exposed to large quantities of sunlight. Green mats are an ideal middle ground between white and black, providing minimal glare while not absorbing enough sunlight to get too hot. Clear mats are ideal for turf, allowing sunlight to pass through and limiting damage to the grass underneath.
The follow specifications determine the functionality of a ground protection mats and portable roadways.
- Load capacity: The load capacity of the ground protection mat is the amount of weight the mat can take on its surface.
- Length: The length of the ground protection mat.
- Width: The width of the ground protection mat.
- Thickness: The thickness of the ground protection mat.
- Weight: The weight of the ground protection mat. For modular systems this is the weight of one section.