Composite Matting vs. …
We are often asked why composite matting is a better choice than traditional steel and aluminum options and the answer is simple – composite matting is lighter weight per square foot of coverage than either steel or aluminum, will not rust or corrode, and is unlikely to be a target for theft.
Lighter composite mats mean that sections may be transported in greater quantities to a remote location. The cost and logistics of transport are minimized.
Thermoplastics are more resistant to the effects of water and will not rust or corrode. This makes composite mats ideal for remote, tropical, salt water, or wet, environments where typical steel or aluminum will be subject to unusual stress.
Finally, it is important to remember that most temporary runway matting is deployed in remote areas with less infrastructure. Unfortunately, such areas also tend to be prone to vandalism and theft. Aluminum has a high value as scrap and it is not uncommon for aluminum mats to disappear from a site, only to be resold at pennies on the dollar for scrap.