At Birketts, we offer two different timber mat species. Our bog mats (or timber mats as they are otherwise known) are produced from either Oak or Tropical Hardwood, offering you different choices depending on the type of project.
So what timber mat species is right for you? Different wood types are suitable for different project types. Oak is the most common choice of timber bog mat, as it is very cost effective and can last for years if used correctly. Tropical Hardwood bog mats are even more durable and can last for up to two decades.
To know which timber mat species to choose, it helps to understand the properties of each type.
Oak Hardwood Timber Mats
Oak Bog Mats are our standard stock mat, which we have sold successfully for the last 15 years. This mat is our client’s favourite, they are durable, cost effective and suitable for a wide range of applications – basically anything requiring mats! Our oak bog mats are manufactured from European Oak, which is both durable and hardwearing when used as a temporary roadway in all applications of the construction industry. As they are reusable, they are very environmentally friendly and they cause minimal ground disturbance.Our oak timber mats are sourced from contracted sawmills in Europe, which respect National Forest Management Plans.
Birkett’s oak mats are produced to a very high standard using 5 x 200mm beams, Depending on the size of the mat, 19mm to 24mm bolts are used, which are all countersunk with strong washers and nuts to give a smooth finish. Each mat weighs from 320kg up to over 1 tonne, dependant on size.
Tropical Hardwood Timber Mats
This timber mat species is manufactured using carefully selected Tropical Hardwoods from Africa and South America which are extremely durable and resistant to wear and tear. The main species we source for the production of Tropical Hardwood Mats are Ekki and Dabema as they all have the properties that are crucial to the production of a durable hardwearing mat, such as their hardness, interlocked grain and elasticity.
Ekki hardwood bog mats are perfectly suited for use in water as their high density allows them to sink and stay at the bottom to provide a solid working platform.
Which Timber Mat Species to buy?
Our most popular mat is by far the OAK hardwood.This is purely because the mat is one of the most cost effective solutions for your temporary roadway / platform requirements.It is both hard wearing and durable and less than half the cost of an Ekki so represent extremely good value for their money.
For temporary roadway use, OAK Hardwood bog mats offer cost effectiveness while still lasting for years when used correctly.
The Tropical are not very popular and are only produced to order. They are very expensive and many of our clients do not feel they get the value from the Tropical mats, therefore, there number one choice is always our standard Oak mats which we keep large stocks in all sizes across our depots.
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