How Do I Protect My Driveway From Heavy Objects?
By Created: February, 2021 - Modified: March, 2021
Related Product: VersaMats Diamond Foot Black 1/2 Inch x 3x8 Ft.
Do you own a business that needs some updating and a construction crew will be making its temporary home on your sidewalk or parking lot? If you foresee any of these situations, you are likely in the market for protection mats and concrete protection devices. Having these in place will help protect blacktop, concrete, asphalt and other surfaces from a crack, rut, or multiple dents caused by the weight of heavy vehicle and machinery traffic.
Although plywood can be used as concrete protection or in lieu of driveway protection mats, it doesn’t endure moisture well, and it becomes weighted down. It also doesn’t provide enough traction for certain loaders and Bobcats, and it can’t support as much weight - should the need to drive vehicles across a lawn or soft driveway arise. Plywood can also easily move around and become slippery, so the lawn or driveway sometimes gets damaged, anyways. Once the plywood has been used for a few applications, it will need a repair or need to be replaced.
When looking at driveway protection mats, there are a number of things to look for. It’s important to know how heavy your loads will be so that you can select an option designed to endure that weight. The mats should be designed to provide extra traction without damaging the ground below. You also want to choose mats that can be quickly and easily moved and placed, as well as those that are easy to clean. Greatmats has numerous concrete protection and driveway protection mats from which to choose, with the following being among the most popular:
- Diamond Foot Versa Mats - 3 x 8 feet, double sided, load bearing weight up to 120 tons (240,000 lbs)
- Geogrid Cellular Paving System - can withstand loads up to 350 tons per square meter
- Matrax TNG Ground Protection Mat - 4 x 8, double sided, load bearing weight up to 80 tons (160,000 lbs)
- Greatmats Ground Protection Mat - 4 x 8 feet, double sided, load bearing weight up to 80 tons
- AlturnaMats Ground Protection Mat - 4 x 8 feet, 2 options, load bearing weight up to 120 tons
- TrakMat Ground Cover Mat - 3 x 8 feet, black, load bearing weight up to 80 tons
What Are The Best Driveway Protection Mats?
The mats boast a bold cleat design for great traction, but they will leave turf smooth, even in soft conditions. The mats are ideal for building a temporary roadway or working platform in minutes. When others use splintered, warped, waterlogged plywood, you should choose the quality and performance of these driveway protection mats.
How Do You Protect Concrete From Heavy Machinery?Concrete, asphalt and blacktop protection can be offered by most driveway protection mats that have a non-aggressive tread side that can go down onto the concrete. Although a hard, solid concrete slab or driveway would be a strong surface, it can easily succumb to chips, cracks, and nicks. Ground protection mats can not only prevent this kind of damage, but it can also provide a layer of safety for pedestrians and vehicles, so as to not cause rolled ankles or flat tires. They can also be used under heavy patio furniture, dumpsters and other objects to prevent damage.
Multiple Uses For Driveway Protection MatsConstruction and utility companies often employ the use of ground and driveway protection mats at a work site to provide a safe and functional expanded work area for employees to operate their heavy equipment. These mats keep the men and women safe while providing protection to the floor below.
The heavy equipment that a utility company or electricity provider needs to connect electricity to a site - from a bucket truck, digger derrick, water truck, directional driller, trencher, pole setter, tracked equipment and trailers, can cause significant damage to a yard or driveway that is vulnerable and unprotected.
Providing access to areas needing power or renovation can sometimes be tricky if travel over anything other than heavy duty pavement is necessary - like mud, dirt, or soft grass. Not only can heavy equipment sink into the ground and cause damage to it, it can tip or get stuck on less than stable surfaces, adding hours of extra work and the likelihood of injuries, fines, and additional expenses. The use of driveway, concrete, and ground protection mats provides a solid surface for a temporary roadway or driveway to eliminate all of these potential problems.
Greatmats - For Driveway Protection Mats And Concrete Protection!When it comes to protecting concrete or a driveway, gaining access over soft surfaces, or getting a vehicle unstuck, Greatmats offers the only mats you need to serve all of these tasks. You may be able to find mats on other websites or at other stores that seem to be the same, they will not offer the same service, quality and dependability that you will enjoy from Greatmats.
Regardless of the specific type of driveway, ground, or concrete protection you’re looking for, Greatmats has a variety of options to suit any needs. With safety, comfort, durability, and quality in mind, any of the options highlighted would serve you well. If you want more information or details, the Greatmats’ customer service team is readily available to answer questions and offer helpful advice about selecting the perfect solution for your problem, project, or need.
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