Bog mats are ideal ground protection solution that can be used to create long term temporary access roads and track ways. Bog mats are specifically used in construction sites, and help in limiting the impact on the environment. Some of the major benefits of bog mats are:
- They are extremely strong and durable
- No tools required for fixing; just lay them and you’re done
- Bog mats are available in a range of sizes and thickness so you can choose one depending upon your specific needs
- You can either choose to buy bog mats or hire them
Bog mats are typically made from plastic or timber. However, they can be categorized into different types depending upon their dimensions.
Some of the most common types of bog mats are:
70mm Bog Mats
This type of bog mats is suitable for creating a temporary roadway on pipeline, power and construction sites. The 70mm bog mats are recommended for light construction equipment that weighs up to 35 tons such as the excavator or dumper.
100mm Bog Mats
Ideal for creating temporary roads on site in the pipeline, energy, power and construction sectors, this is also the most common type of bog mat used by various companies. These are ideal for equipment that weighs up to 45 tons.
150mm Bog Mats
If you are engaged in a project that uses equipment weighing more than 35 tons such as the middle to heavyweight cranes, plant and large trucks, the 150mm bog mats would be the perfect choice for you. The 150mm bog mats are also commonly used as a sub-soil for pontoons or concrete floors, as well as in civil projects up to 60 tons.
200mm Bog Mats
If you need bog mats that can handle weight in excess of 60 tons, then you need to choose the 200mm or 250mm bog mats. These are ideal for heavy cranes, construction equipment, and tracked machinery. These are ideal for creating track ways where the ground condition is very poor. For instance, if you need to work on peat, sand and tidal ground, the 200 to 250mm bog mats would be the most suitable choice.
Many other types of bog mats are available in the market. When looking for bog mats, it is best to have a discussion with the company offering bog mats about what kind of bog mats they offer and which type would be suitable for your specific working conditions.
One more thing that you need to consider is whether you need to buy or hire the bog mats. The general rule of thumb is – ‘buy them if you need them for a very long period of time and hire them if you need them temporarily’; but in some cases, the rule might not apply. Therefore, it is important to evaluate your specific needs and then decide whether to hire or buy the big mats. No matter what decision you make, make sure you work with a reputed bog mat company to ensure you get the best quality mats.