The imaginary stadium is modelled and rendered.

Below the Surface of Ground Protection

Ever wonder how a stadium can pull double duty as both football field and concert venue and never leave evidence of rough wear on the turf itself?

Good ground protection.

Ground protection can ensure the band has a stage, lights and solid footing for thousands of screaming fans, while the field stays intact for the next big game. But that’s not the only reason you might need ground protection.

Additional applications may include:

  • Turf protection
  • Pedestrian pathways
  • Vehicle roadways
  • Drivable and pedestrian flooring
  • Crane platforms for stage construction
  • Storage and staging yard

And for every need, there are a variety of ground protection solutions available.

As you debate what to use, cost is undoubtedly a factor. But it shouldn’t be the only one you consider.

What’s happening on the mat

The first factor to consider is the level of impact your ground protection will endure. Our industrial matting, for instance, provides a stable platform capable of supporting tracked vehicles and wheeled equipment — perfect for constructing a temporary roadway. Our light-to-medium duty event flooring, on the other hand, is best for less weight-intensive applications, including pedestrian flooring and walkways. If you have a mixed-use case, drivable event matting is also available and will provide proper protection against both foot and vehicle traffic.

What’s going on down below

The type of terrain you need to cover is another vital part of your decision.

Are you planning an indoor graduation ceremony on sensitive arena flooring? What about an access roadway to span mud and marshy areas? Or, are you working on top of natural grass? These considerations will determine not only the quantity and capacity of the mats used, but also the color. Did you know that natural turf applications do best with a translucent mat so that sunlight can reach the ground and the photosynthesis process is not interrupted?

What happens when it’s time to put your plan into play

Once you’ve identified your use case and capacity needs, then it’s time to place your order. At this point, cost becomes a significant factor. Before you let it fully drive your decision, though, be sure to do an assessment to determine whether you have the capacity, the team and the supporting equipment to get the job done right. Our experts can provide design and installation services to make sure you get the coverage best suited for your application, and teardown service to remove your mats when the job is done.

Cost is always a significant consideration, but more important is preserving the safety of your particular job and the surface you’re trying to protect — and, as always, getting it all done right.  


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