How to Choose an Access Mat Manufacturer

The decision to purchase access matting is typically done in the context of a larger project. Whether you’re in oil and gas, construction, or environmental cleanup, it’s important to make sure you make the best use of your budget and extract maximum value. With that in mind, we’ve prepared some tips to help you choose the right access mat supplier.

New vs Used Access Matting

The first decision that needs to be made is if your project needs new or used access matting. While used matting is almost always cheaper at the outset, it’s important to remember that you’re buying a product with a shorter lifespan. This means higher replacement costs and reduced field performance. For short-term projects not involving heavy equipment or soft ground conditions, used access mats can be a suitable option. For nearly every other project, we recommend new matting. The reason is simple: you’re getting a product that hasn’t had to withstand any prior abuse. This means your mats will be delivered clean, will be easier to install and remove from the field, and will be able to handle heavier equipment for longer.  Mats Unlimited’s matting professionals can help assess your project to make this decision making process easier.

Access Mat Lumber

The type of lumber used in access matting is important because it tells you something about the quality of the mat, and how much it weighs (meaning how much it’s going to cost to ship). Harder woods, like Oak, are more durable. But, they also weigh considerably more, resulting in freight costs can be significant. Softer woods, like Fir, are less durable but are also very lightweight meaning they can be shipped for far less. Mats Unlimited offers a wide selection of lumber options and configurations to make sure we can find the right fit for your project. We also pride ourselves on exclusively using Douglas Fir lumber for our lightweight matting options. Unlike most Fir species, it is highly resistant to splintering and water absorption, making it a highly desirable lumber for access matting solutions.

Access Mat Servicing

Once you’ve decided on your access mat type and lumber configuration, getting your mats to site is the next priority! That means being confident in your access mat provider’s capacity to provide the number of mats you need, on time, and as cost effectively as possible. The best way to manage these logistics is for your access matting provider to maintain an inventory of access mats on hand, to have a strong manufacturing capacity, and established relationships with freight providers. Mats Unlimited is located in central Alberta making it ideally situated to serve clients not only in Alberta but British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and into the United States including North Dakota, Wyoming, and Colorado. We always maintain an inventory of access mats on hand can help arrange freight solutions 24 hours a day.


At the end of the day, the purpose of access matting is to make sure your job gets done more efficiently, safer, and easier. Your access matting provider needs to be able to assess your project to make the right recommendations and then follow through with exceptional client service. Mats Unlimited is here 24 hours a day to help in any way we can.  We look forward to chatting!