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Home improvement and maintenance projects are costly in terms of time and money.
Workers, machinery, and project materials need to move across the project site without ruining landscaping, concrete, and patios.
The ground itself needs protection from big equipment and trucks.
If workers and equipment can’t drive safely and efficiently, damage to employees, equipment, and the land is inevitable. How can you prevent this?
Before you sign a contract, make sure that your contractor will install access mats.
This reduces the risk of environmental degradation and protects ground cover.
For homeowners, this may mean saving hundreds of dollars on restoring their grass or landscaping.
Usually, the contractor already owns mats that are being reused from a previous site.
It should not cost a homeowner extra in terms of the overall costs.
Why Contractors Should Use Ground Mats
An access mat is a flat, stable surface on the ground that allows employees and equipment to move easier across the job site.
These are a part of worksite safety since they were patented in the early 1990s.
Mats are a smart idea for almost every contractor project. If hiring a contractor, you should always ask them to use access mats to protect your lawn, sidewalks, patios, and driveways.
A contractor really should have these mats as a standard part of doing business.
These protect both clients and contractors from additional damages and delays that otherwise drive up work costs.
When your contractor uses ground mats, they are creating a stable work surface on uneven ground, which is especially useful in wet or dusty environments.
The mats create temporary roadways for more extensive projects involving heavy machinery that is driven on your lawn.
When you have a project that is far from the road, over grassy terrain, mats provide an easy way to reach the worksite safely.
Mats for Remodeling
A large home remodeling project means lots of heavy materials and machines rolling over the lawn, the driveway, and more.
Laying down a composite mat roadway helps contractors and clients move freely around the worksite without worrying about destroying landscaping or harming the environment.
Furthermore, machinery and materials left out in an unexpected storm won’t sink into the ground.
Otherwise, you’d find equipment stuck in the mud. This would hold up the project and potentially damage the machine.
From the homeowner’s standpoint, it would also mean that a section of the lawn would need to be restored and replanted.
Overall, mats make remodeling easier and less risky.
Mats for Tree Cutters
Tree cutting machinery must be heavy if it is to provide a solid foundation when removing large trunks and branches.
While this makes them more stable, it also means that they’re more likely to leave large tracks through yards.
Using mats means they can reach the tree without damaging the lawn.
Then they can reposition the equipment easily without worrying about destroying the ground and causing more repair work later on.
This makes tree trimming and removal safer and more efficient.
After all, you shouldn’t be faced with restoring your lawn because a contractor didn’t protect it.
Mats for Plumbers
Most plumbing work is done within the home, but when working on the below-ground system outside, it is common to make a mess of the lawn.
By using mats to create platforms for machinery and people, plumbers have stable access to the systems.
This allows them to finish jobs quickly and easily, minimizing disturbances in the lawn.
Setting Up Mats on Site
Setting up mats is relatively simple.
It should not take an excessive amount of your contractor’s time, and you will certainly reap the benefits. A contractor will:
- Survey the area where the mats will sit. Look for the most direct paths to and from the worksite and the storage site.
- Pick the right kind of mat for the job. Consider what equipment will be used and what terrain it will travel over.
- Arrange the mats according to manufacturer instructions. This will require additional equipment, such as skid steers or track excavators (depending on the intensity of the project and the kind of mat).
As long as you have enough mats to sufficiently cover the area, that’s all there is to it.
To remove the mats, a contractor will again use a leverage device to pick them up and load them on a truck.
Access mats are a simple solution to lawn protection. They’re reliable, multifunctional, and simple to use.
They are an essential part of any worksite where there is a lot of movement, either from people or machines.
It’s smart to request the use of these ground mats for any contractor at your home.
They will create a solid, stable ground to keep your property safe from unnecessary damage.