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At YAK MAT, we provide solutions to create temporary roads, reduce ground pressure and protect the environment. Our temporary access mats are uniquely constructed, making them strong enough to withstand challenging terrains including swamps, streams and bogs. Select one of our access mats below to see which is best for your project or contact us for a custom option.


In their most basic form, access mats — also called equipment mats, construction mats, temporary road mats or heavy equipment mats — create a surface on which construction equipment can function. Without mats, construction equipment — such as cranes, excavators and trucks — has to trudge through or be positioned on dirt, unstable soil, wet creeks or rocky surfaces. Construction access mats can be used to create temporary roadways and bridges. This allows construction equipment to pass or creates a solid base on which the equipment can be positioned to do the task that it is designed to perform.


There are numerous types of projects for which traversing rough or delicate terrain is necessary. For example, energy pipelines must be built in remote areas where there typically isn’t a lot of existing infrastructure. Electrical transmission towers are erected frequently in places where large machinery can be bogged down in soft soils. Other types of projects, such as building roads and highways, have to cross through or near ecologically sensitive spots, including wetlands. In these cases, the use of access mats can be critical for ensuring the work gets done on time and under budget. In addition, they can help contractors and builders serving all industries keep their commitment to operating sustainably and with as little impact on the environment as possible.

If your company is not yet taking advantage of access mats, you may wonder what benefits the mats have to offer you. Some of the reasons you should use mats for construction include:

  • Protecting the environment from harm. Heavy construction equipment can be damaging to the environment. Due to its weight, the equipment may leave tire tracks and ruts behind as you drive the equipment through muddy, wet or soft ground. The equipment can also cause unstable soil to sink, altering the natural appearance of the area. Road protection mats can help better support the weight of the equipment, instead of the ground having to do all the work. This helps to protect the environment from damage, so the area looks the same as it did before your equipment entered.
  • Prevention of project delays. Your equipment may begin to sink when the ground is wet, soil is soft, or the ground is uneven. If your equipment starts sinking, it has to be dug or pulled out — which can take hours. This creates project delays that can be avoided simply by using ground protection mats.
  • Shielding your construction equipment from damage. Construction equipment can be harmed if it is used on unstable ground. The tires may wear faster or the equipment can tip. Construction mats help support the weight of the construction equipment, protecting it from wear and damage.


Our mats are uniquely constructed and designed to be used on a variety of terrains and equipment types. We can help you select the access mats that are best for your construction job or we can create a custom option for you. Contact us today to discuss your needs with us.