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Heavy-Duty Composite Mats Transform Soft, Sandy Beaches into Stable Surfaces for Renourishment Project


Valtir News | August 2021

MegaDeck Composite Mats

Ultra-durable MegaDeck HD access mats offered ground protection as construction crews trucked 31,000 cu yds. of sand across the Key Biscayne shoreline.

As Hurricane Irma swept across South Florida in 2017, the resulting storm surge wrecked a 1.2-mile stretch of shoreline in Key Biscayne, a barrier island located near Miami.

Between March and April 2021, crews led by Ferreira Construction trucked in approximately 31,000 cu yds. of new sand to rebuild the damaged beach and dunes and maximize shoreline protection for the future.

Valtir Rentals provided 100 MegaDeck HD access mats on the beach renourishment project to reduce construction impacts and provide safe, stable surfaces to support vehicles and heavy equipment.

The economical, ultra-durable system is made of high-density polyethylene with specialized fillers for strength, plus ultraviolet and anti-static additives to withstand the rigors of construction hauling, adverse weather conditions, and difficult terrain. The MegaDeck HD panels connect easily and in various configurations using a single T-bar tool and are laid seamlessly due to 12-in. flanges that guide the mats into place.

“I was impressed,” recalls Steve Hayes, Regional Manager of Sales at Valtir Rentals, who visited the site and witnessed the construction activities. “This operation had many large dump trucks and pieces of heavy equipment hauling, moving, and spreading approximately 100 truckloads of sand each day along the beach, which remained open to the public.”


Source: ENR Magazine

Heavy-Duty Composite Mats Transform Soft, Sandy Beaches into Stable Surfaces for Renourishment Project

Composite Matting

When Site Access and Ground Protection Matter


When Site Access and Ground Protection Matter


Valtir News | March 2020


Construction sites are temporary opportunities to improve the built environment. They require a bevy of equipment, materials, and personnel moving in and out of a site to get the job done. This is often accomplished with the use of access matting; however, the type of mat matters. Commonly used wood and timber mats reduce our nation’s hardwood forest reserves, and they have a short lifespan, large environmental footprint, and increased freight demand and cost. Wood mats often splinter, degrade and fill our landfills after only two to three years of use. Additionally, wood mats do not interconnect with one another, which creates a nonuniform and unstable surface.

Valtir Rentals has an alternative to wood mats that provides an eco-friendly solution, while reducing the freight costs and handling expenses by as much as 50% versus wood mats.

Valtir Rentals’ heavy-duty mats bear up to 600 psi over various terrains and climates. Ideal for construction sites, lay-down, and staging areas, the mats are made of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and have UV protection and anti-static fillers. Additionally, composite mats are nonabsorbent, which helps prevent cross-contamination, rotting and degradation, and becoming saturated. Unlike wood mats, HDPE is nonreactive and can be recycled at the end of its lifespan. Each mat connects with adjacent mats using an overlapping flange and inter-locking system. The end result provides a continuous, uniform, and smooth surface that is easy to install in a variety of configurations. Their flexibility allows the mats to follow the contour of the terrain without breaking or cracking while helping to distribute loads to prevent rutting or damage to the underlying surface. A medium-duty alternative also is available for temporary roadways, pedestrian pathways, or turf protection.

Valtir Rentals’ ground protection products are available for rent nationwide. The engineering community faces many jobsite challenges;  working with unfavorable ground conditions does not have to be one of them.

Source: ENR magazine