Bog mats, otherwise referred to as “timber mats” and “crane mats” are mats that are laid down to create long-term temporary access roads in areas where construction is taking place. They are an innovative ground protection solution that ensure vehicles, equipment, and machinery can access sites they need to work on without damaging the surrounding areas. This can help to limit a project’s impact on its surroundings – protecting the aesthetic of a given space and reducing the amount of restorative work that has to be carried out around a worksite once the job is complete. Bog mats can also reduce risk of injury, as they prevent the ground underneath workers feet becoming muddy, slippy, and hazardous. So, it’s not all too surprising that these are something you’re likely to have to purchase at some point or another. But when buying bog mats, it can be difficult to know which you should invest your money in. There are various types out there and each has its own benefits. Not to worry – let’s take a moment to look at the different types of wood that are used in making bog mats and which is best for you!
One of the most common materials used for timber bog mats is beech timber. Beech timber mats are great value for money, as they carry a lower price tag than other options, but still offer class five durability. The average beech timber bog mat will last you up to five years.
If you don’t need something as heavy duty as beech timber, you might want to consider oak timber bogmats. These are better suited to light to medium traffic. They’ll definitely accommodate pedestrian footfall, standard delivery vehicles, and some smaller lifting vehicles. This material is, again, durable. In fact, when used appropriately, oak timber bog mats can last between fifteen and twenty five years!
While the previous two forms of bog mat timber generally originate from Europe, Dabema wood is a tropical hardwood. You may have also heard of it referred to as “Dahoma wood” or “African teak wood”. While not as durable as other tropical hardwoods on the market, it should still give you at least fifteen years of service under standard usage.
If you’re looking for a stronger tropical hardwood, Ekki might be what you’re looking for. This has class 1 durability and a lifespan of up to fifty years. As you can imagine, it’s extremely hard wearing. It also has the benefit of faring well in wetter locations, such as tidal areas, wetlands, and other sites with waterlogging.
Whatever wood or type of timber you ultimately choose for your bog mats, make sure it is sustainably sourced. High demand can result in deforestation that is unsustainable and can have an overall detrimental impact on the environment around us. Do your research and be responsible!