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2 Mar 2017

​White Fir Mats: What are they, and why does the difference matter?

A relative newcomer to the industry, “white fir” mats have been becoming an increasingly popular, cost-effective option for industry professionals. There remains some confusion as to what white fir is made of. As a proud supplier of Northern BC, Peace County and Central Alberta, Compass Access solutions is happy to shed some insight on the topic.

First and foremost, a key point to note is that “white fir” is an industry term for a mixture of douglas fir and hemlock materials.  An important aspect that determines the durability, longevity and best practical use of a mat is the wood used. Douglas Fir, for example, is one of the leading products on the market. As a slow growing tree, its rings are tighter, leading to a greater overall density and strength. The benefit of denser materials is increased water resistance, reduced splintering, and decreased rot potential.

In comparison to the rigidity of douglas fir mats, white fir mats are a blend of hemlock and fir materials.  Hemlock is a much faster-growing tree, meaning that it lacks the rigidity and durability of other mat materials. While white fir may be a much cheaper alternative up front, those looking to depend on the mats for long-term projects or heaving hauling situations may end up disappointed. These mats can be prone to breaking under stress, leaving buyers in a lurch. While they may be suitable for wide traffic yard use, grassland and other basic applications, heavy lifting operations are not typically advisable. At Compass Access Solutions, we avoid the use of white fir/hemlock mats, preferring to offer consistently reliable options to our clientele.

We understand how integral making the right access mat choice can be to the success of your project, and are happy to answer any questions you may have about white fir products, and what would be the best product for your specific job. With 24/7 service available, we always have an expert standing by ready to assist you. Contact us today to learn more!

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