Bog mats are most commonly used when working on fragile ground, or to protect the ground from heavy machinery and demolition work.
They can, however, help you in all seasons. Taking full advantage of bog mats will help your business complete projects much more efficiently and effectively while keeping the ground in the best-possible condition.
How you can use bog mats in summer
Soil compaction, which is the act of soil particles compressing into a smaller volume, is a common risk during periods of dry weather. Should this occur, the shrinking of the soil particles leads to less space for air and water, potentially leading to long-term damage.
Placing bog mats in key traversal areas throughout your site will reduce the risks of this occurring, ensuring you leave the site in the best condition possible.
Public events also form a major part of many people’s summer plans, and often lead to serious damage being caused to ground not made for the presence of thousands of people. Temporary walkway mats ensure the ground is protected whilst also acting as a simple way to mark specific routes through your event.
Alongside this, using proper bog mats will allow you to traverse dry grass and utilise it as a staging area without causing irreparable damage.
Bog mats in autumn
Autumn is the most common time for people to start using bog mats, as the increase in rain results in the ground becoming unstable and muddy, making projects increasingly difficult.
Using bog mats during autumn ensures a stable surface for both vehicles and pedestrians, enabling work to be completed at a much faster pace and reducing the risk of severe delays or injuries to staff.
As well as allowing for simpler navigation of the site, using bog mats during autumn will allow for a much more stable platform for heavy vehicles and machinery such as cranes, meaning you don’t have to worry about them becoming stuck over the course of the day.
Protecting yourself with bog mats in winter
In recent years, heavy snow and ice has become a much more common winter feature. This often leads to work on the majority of sites grinding to a halt due to safety concerns.
Laying bog mats over slippery areas provides the grip to make your site much safer to navigate, allowing work to continue in even the most adverse of conditions. Using interlocking timber mats also ensures there will be no gaps in your temporary roadway, preventing them from slipping once you have put them in place.
Why you should use bog mats in spring
As soil dries out during spring, the lower quantities of water held within it can lead to the formation of air pockets as the swollen wet earth shrinks back into its dry form – leading to parched earth that can look solid from above, but is actually much more prone to subsidence under pressure.
Temporary roads help to spread the pressure over a larger area, as well as increasing the contact area with the ground, so any isolated air pockets below the surface are less likely to be breached by the vehicles and equipment passing over above.