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What is the Difference Between Rig and Access Mats?

When it comes to Rig Matting, multiple terms seem to be interchangeable. These three terms are rig mats, access mats, and swamp mats. Although the term “access mats” is interchangeable with swamp mats, rig mats and access mats are completely different.

Despite these being different things, even the most experienced professionals commonly have trouble when it comes to defining what the difference between these different mats is. This can result in wrong product orders, frustration, and even delays.

Below is an overview of the difference between a swamp mat, rig mat, and access mats to help avoid confusion.

Why Is This Not Common Knowledge?

One large part of the confusion that stems from the various matting names is because the industry does not do a good job at defining them. It also comes down to that the matting industry does not have any specific regulation in regards to this terminology. Because rig mats, access mats, and swamp mats have been referred to as the same, this has weakened our general knowledge of them.

Typically, when referring to the category of “access mats”, is how you refer to these mats as a whole. Swamp mats, rig mats, and access mats all play a role in the main function of ensuring job sites and activities are safe. They also need to be accessible to operators and have the ability to clearly distinguish between products. This is essential to both success and safety.

Access Mats

Commonly referred to as swamp mats, access mats refer to matting solutions that can be used as makeshift roads. This may be in and out of a job site, or through a job site. Versatile in nature, these mats can handle a wide range of weights. They come in bolted formats, which is the typical form, but also in a CLT design. These are frequently called “swamp mats” because they were often used to drive over swamps.

Rig Mats

Although rig mats can also be considered a form of access mat, they are used primarily for extremely heavy loads. These mats are also specifically used when it comes to oil rigging. Carrying cranes, or heavy equipment, rig mats have steel frames and can offer extra support to carry loads. These are typically the most expensive type of mat available.

Choosing the Best Option for Your Job Site

If you are unsure of which product is best suited for your specific applications, we can help. We can assist you in picking what is best for your site. Especially if you are looking to purchase a large number of mats for your business or project, then you need to know exactly what you need for the job. That is why we are here to help you understand exactly what you need to accomplish your project. Big or small, we are here to help. Contact us today if you have questions, or simply to learn more.