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Providing a Lightweight Solution for Access

Construction crews often need to work in challenging terrain and ecologically sensitive areas. In many such situations, mats and temporary roadways constructed of heavy hardwood timbers are the answer. However, not every job site calls for such robust solutions. In these instances, contractors can accomplish just as much and save a lot of money with cross-laminated timber (CLT) access mats. As the most lightweight mat in the market, YAK MAT’s CLT mat weighs two-thirds less than a standard hardwood timber mat. This provides a significant reduction in freight charges. This new technology is twice as strong and five times stiffer but is not ideal for all needs. Talk to one of our access solutions experts about this new technology and whether or not it fits your project.

When Should You Use CLT Mats?

These lightweight CLT access mats provide several advantages over heavier alternatives. These include:

  • Ideal for flat surfaces
  • Light weight reduces transportation costs
  • Various sizes up to 16′


8’ × 4.25” × 14’ 28 – 36 1,395 – 1,605

If these dimensions don’t fit your project site, rest assured that custom sizes and dimensions are available depending on your particular needs.


There are several applications for which these mats can be the ideal solution. For example, these mats can be used for:

  • Ground protection
  • Access to the right-of-way
  • Parking pads
  • Pads for staging equipment and materials
  • Most rubber tire equipment/vehicles


As versatile as these mats are, there are certain instances where these are not suited for use. These include:

  • Not to be used as crane work pads
  • Not for use on terrain with high slope
  • Not for use when digging ditches or laying pipe off the side of an access roadway

These features make cross-laminated timber mats a good choice for areas with relatively level terrain. Though because they have a tendency to float on mud and water, they typically are not recommended for use in swamps or wetlands. Their unique fabrication also means they cannot be repaired in the field, only replaced. Yet their weight-bearing capabilities are such that there are even CLT crane mats and CLT rig mats, so consider using these even for heavy-duty projects.

Why Choose YAK MAT?

With more than 40 years of experience, we are your best option for sourcing lightweight CLT mats or any other access solutions you require. No matter the application, our products are manufactured to the highest standards of quality.

In addition, we are the only supplier of temporary roadways and access mats that has a nationwide presence. With production facilities located across the country, we are close to virtually every construction project in the United States. Because shipping is the largest portion of the cost of these solutions, this can save our customers a significant amount of money.

We have an inventory of more than 1 million products ready to go at any given moment. Whether you’re looking for cross-laminated timber mats or something hardier, we can deliver it for you. Reach out to us today to learn more about what we have to offer or to place your order.