Bog mats information
Bog mats are used to spread the heavy load of vehicles, creating a steady surface and protecting the ground beneath.
They are often used as a temporary access solution on wet ground or where the tracks of a vehicle might damage the grass, car park or paths below.
Hardwood bog mats are environmentally-friendly, manufactured from sustainably-sourced materials and able to be used and re-used for long periods of time, making them an extremely cost-effective solution when accessing a site is a struggle or you need to protect fragile ground. Good quality bog mats will give you years and even decades of service life, with only some simple maintenance needed to keep them safe from avoidable damage. Visit our blog for tips on how to keep bog mats in good condition for longer.
Bog mats come in a range of sizes and it’s important to choose the correct thickness for the conditions. To find out more about the range of hardwood timber bog mats we stock, click here.
They can be hired or bought depending on what’s right for your particular situation so please call 08000 12 1231 to speak directly with one of our experts or fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible to get the ball rolling.
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Types of bog mat
Timbermat work with certified timber merchants from all over the world to make sure that we use sustainable timber supplies that comply with all of the relevant responsible forestry legislation while giving you the durability and longevity that comes with ground protection mats made from European and tropical hardwood.
Our timber supplies include four main species of hardwood timber, two sourced from European timber merchants, and two tropical varieties:
- European Hardwood
- American Hardwood
- Tropical Hardwood
The timber merchants we work with are certified either to produce sustainable timber supplies within Europe or for the import of tropical hardwood timber, which means no matter which type of timber you choose, you get the peace of mind of knowing that it is responsibly sourced.
Why use hardwood timber mats?
Our hardwood timber species each have different characteristics but all offer good strength, durability and many years of usable lifespan under normal working conditions.
In particular hardwood timber mats offer good flexibility and elasticity, allowing them to absorb and dissipate the forces of heavy vehicles, machinery and materials, or even falling masonry during demolition work. They also offer many benefits in the summer months when subsoil conditions can be deceptive.
Our tropical hardwood species in particular offer excellent durability, with both Ekki and Dabema ranking in durability classes 1-2, while our European oak timber mats are also durability class 2.
Where can hardwood timber mats be used?
As a natural material, hardwood timber mats can be used in all kinds of locations with less risk of harming the environment, which is why our ground protection mats are often used for staging areas or to cover grass and wetlands.
Popular applications for bog mats include:
- Crane mats
- Temporary roadways
- Piling rig access mats
- Demolition protection mats
- Ground protection mats
- Temporary walkways
They are often used in sectors such as:
View our blog on bog mats for more information on the types of mats we offer and their uses
Timber bog mat dimensions
Our timber bog mat sizes are again designed to suit the application, with long narrow pedestrian walkway mats that can be laid end to end, and larger, thicker roadway mats that can take the weight of heavy vehicles passing over them.
Most of our mats come with standard lifting points, making it easier to move them around your site as you need to, as well as joining points where you can connect adjacent mats to ensure a reliably snug fit.
Standard sizes include 1m x 3m and 1m x 5m, but any number of mats can be laid alongside one another to cover a larger area. In terms of thickness, we have mats ranging from 70 mm to 300 mm.
70mm bog mats
Ideal for creating a temporary roadway on pipeline, power and construction sites. Suitable for light construction equipment, such as excavators and dumpers, up to 35 tonnes. Download fact sheets below:
100mm bog mats
The most common size again used to create temporary roads onsite in the energy, pipeline, power and construction sectors, predominantly used on pipeline contracts up to 45 tonnes.
150mm bog mats
Ideal for middle to heavyweight cranes, plant and large trucks usually weighing greater than 35 tonnes. This mat is often used as a sub-soil for pontoons or concrete floors, and in civil projects up to 60 tonnes.
200/250mm bog mats
For heavy cranes, construction equipment and tracked machinery, or in very poor ground conditions for example peat, sand and tidal works, with weight in excess of 60 tonnes.
Timbermat ground guards
2.4m x 1.2m – Manufactured with an anti-slip tread and ideal for pedestrian access around sites, festivals and shows. Lightweight and easily installed by hand, this Ground Guard system can also accommodate rubber tracked and wheeled plant. Comes complete with heavy duty clips, to form a safe secure walkway or roadway.
Mats protect ground and underground services from damage, which limits the impact on the environment. Provides secure access for plant, machinery and vehicles over soft ground. Our Hardwood Timber is environmentally friendly, and from legal sustainable sources. Easy to stack, transport and off-load. Existing machinery on site can be utilised to manoeuvre the mats therefore reducing on site costs. No real market value outside of the work they are designed for, reducing the risk of theft.
Quick and easy to install, they have two lifting eyes, no need to fix mats together as due to their heavy weight they simply stay in place once laid. Our mats are very durable and can last many years.
Find out more about our timber mats
If you want to know more about any of our timber species, the certification we can provide for import, or the best sizes of mat for your particular project, please get in touch and ask, and we will be happy to help.