Dealer Login • March 30, 2017
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Questions…Our Answers

 

What's the lead time on products in stock?

We normally ship the next business day after an order for stock items is placed. However, during certain high volume sales cycles, this may not be the case. In this instance, we'll give you an estimated ship date when we confirm your order.

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How does AlturnaMATS develop and expand product awareness?
AlturnaMATS has an advertising budget that heavily relies on placing ads in industry specific trade journals. We also attend one or more trade shows every year for each different market that we actively target. Our web site also provides instant product awareness to an ever growing market.

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Prospective customers love AlturnaMATS until we get to the issue of price. They are used to buying sheets of plywood, which cost so much less. How can I overcome this objection?
First, keep in mind that there is not a performance characteristic of plywood that can match AlturnaMATS performance characteristics. After all, plywood is a building material and why is your customer driving on plywood? Second, if you can get your customer to look at the big picture say five or six years down the road they will find that AlturnaMATS are really substantially more economical

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What size AlturnaMATS do you recommend for a particular application?

We offer the following general guideline:  If the GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) is over 30,000 lbs., we recommend the use of standard 4' x 8' AlturnaMATS.

Drilling, Heavy Construction & Utility  Construction: always 4' x 8' mats
Tree Care Industry and Turf: 3' x 8' mats
Turf Care Industry:  3' x 8' mats
Golf Course Maintenance: 3' x 8' mats and 4' x 8' mats, smooth on one side preferred
Manufactured Housing: 2' x 4', 2' x 6' and 2' x 8' mats preferred
Compact Equipment: 3' x 6' mats

We caution you not to fall into the trap buying the wrong size mat, when you know that larger size is needed.

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Are custom sized AlturnaMATS available from the factory?
Yes. We can cut down any size standard mat according to your customer's specifications. A custom cutting charge will be added to the price of the standard sized mat.

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Do extreme hot or cold temperatures affect AlturnaMATS?
By nature, the physical performance properties of polyethylene are unaffected by extreme temperatures. Our mats have been successfully used in diverse temperature extremes ranging from the very cold of mountain glaciers in Tibet to extended heat situations found in the south and west.

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Some of us do a lot of work at sites where there seems to be an endless and bottomless sea of mud. Is there some way to stabilize the work area to maximize the "floating" power of AlturnaMATS?
We have first hand experience at such a well site...although in reality the mud was actually "only" 1' to 2' deep. A straw bed prepared under the mats stabilized the work area to the point where it took the operator less than two hours to position his rig. At a previous site, where he did not use AlturnaMATS, it took the same operator two employees, 11 hours and a truckload of wood slabs to stabilize the work area. He now figures that using AlturnaMATS will save him over $100,000.00 per year. Other customers have also used with much success, the use of wood chips. Either straw or wood chips are good recommendations due to the fact both will decompose.

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Do you have testimonials available that are market specific or can you provide a name and phone number that I can call to hear first hand from a user the field?
AlturnaMATS has a few testimonials but we are always looking for additional field experiences that tell the performance story of AlturnaMATS in action. We are especially interested in stories with photos to use on our web site www.alturnamats.com. To showcase projects using AlturnaMATS, send your photos to sales@alturnamats.com. Be sure to include the site location, company name, contact person and phone number along with a description of the project.

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What are Turn-A-Links?
Turn-A-Links are a convenient way to turn AlturnaMATS into a semi-permanent yet still portable roadway system. Single links connect two mats together end-to-end or side-to-side. Double links connect four mats together at the common corners. With Turn-A-Links, you can make your portable road as long or as wide as you need it. Turn-A-Links are specifically useful when working in harsh site conditions, when you need to spend more than one day at the job site or when you have to make repeated trips over the mats to get the job done.

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How do I know how many single Turn-A-Links I need to use?
Here is a simple formula to use:
Multiply the number of mats to be laid down in a single track times two, then subtract 2. If you are laying down two parallel tracks, multiply this number by two for the total needed for the job.
Example: 18 mats laid down in two parallel tracks of 9 mats each:
                        9 x 2 = 18 - 2 = 16 links per track

                        16 x 2 = 32 links for the job

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Why a VersaMAT and where do you use it?

The VersaMAT was developed to be a more multi-functional ground protection mat for use where a user of AlturnaMATS is looking for the additional requirement of a walking or standing/working surface. A VersaMAT is much more than a walking surface, however; VersaMATS can be used for vehicle walkways, or vehicle parking areas, staging areas for supplies and equipment. A VersaMAT will handle all the weight the original AlturnaMATS can handle and has a Limited Lifetime Warranty. The original AlturnaMATS cleated on both sides will continue to be the mainstay of the company. We, however, believe that you will see new applications for VersaMAT as time moves forward. As an example, at a local community festival, VersaMAT was very popular with the operators and vendors of the festival keeping everyone out of the mud for weather conditions were rainy.

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AlturnaMATS has received comments about the potential of brownout damage being caused by elevated ground temperatures under the black mats when they are laid out for work in direct sun.
There are two possible answers to this potential problem. In situations where you have water available, the area under the mat can be sprayed down every couple of hours. Or if you know the customer will be using mats constantly in situations where preventing brownout is critical, you could recommend the use of our new white AlturnaMATS. (See the Time and Temperature Chart below the next question.)

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What is the reason for the white mat and why the extra cost?

AlturnaMATS white mat was specifically developed for applications that demand precautions be used to avoid the burning and/or brown-out effects of heat caused by sun and high heat work environment. Some specific applications will be found in the turf and landscape markets as golf courses, irrigation, and pool installers. White mats will actually reduce ground temperatures (see test results), and you should be informed that brown-out or burning of grass under a white or black AlturnaMATS can be avoided through a common sense approach. White mats cost more due to the inherent equipment of UV protection for the color white and to maintain the quality standard of long life you have come to expect in AlturnaMATS.

TIME AND TEMPERATURE CHART COMPARISON
                 TIME OUTSIDE   GROUND     WHITE           BLACK
                        AIR TEMP              TEMP.            T/GC*                        T/GC*
                        START 96                 88                        87                        120
                        10 MIN 96                 88                        90/84                        133/108
                        20 MIN 95                 88                        82/78                        134/103
                        30 MIN 95                 88                        84/79                        132/108
                        40 MIN 95                 88                        84/82                        133/108
                        50 MIN 95                 88                        84/81                        127/108
                        60 MIN 95                 88                        83/81                        129/107
                        70 MIN 95                 87                        83/80                        126/107
                        90 MIN 92                 87                        84/82                        125/108
                        100 MIN 92                 87                        84/82                        125/108
                        120 MIN 91                 86                        85/80                        122/105
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T - top side of plastic sample
GC - Grass covered by plastic sample

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What is the difference between your steel links and the new E-Z link?

AlturnaMATS steel links were developed for use with equipment applications. AlturnaMATS have two types of steel links, RTL-SG (single) and RTL-DG (double) round stock for use with the original AlturnaMATS diamond plate cleat design. FTL-SG (single) and FLT-DG (double) flat stock is designed for use with VersaMATS. E-Z links EZL-S (single) and EZL-D (double) is used with VersaMATS with light duty equipment use (no more than 10,000 lbs.) with stable ground conditions or where the application use is for foot traffic.

Installation Procedure

1. Align your AlturnaMATS ground cover mats end to end so mats are butted against each other.
2. Lay the "new" E-Z link on the surface of the mats so that the holes in the link are aligned with the holes in the mats.
3. Insert the "new" E-Z link button and pin assembly into the aligned holes.
4. With a mallet, drive the pin down flush with the top of the button.

Disassembly
1. With a flat tip screwdriver, pry up on the ridge of the E-Z link pin. This will unlock the E-Z Link button and pin assembly.
2. Remove the button and pin assembly.

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How does an AlturnaMATS stack-up against plywood?

Pages could be written on this question, AlturnaMATS have recently conducted testing. Our first test is called Flexural Properties ASTM D790 measuring the deflection ration or flexural strength at specified strain levels. Following are the test results below conducted at ambient room temperature.

 

FLEXURAL PROPERTIES OF ALTURNAMATS AND VERSAMATS
Scope: the flexural test measures the force required to bend a beam under three point loading conditions. The data is often used to select materials for parts that will support loads without flexing. Flexural modulus is used as an indication of materials stiffness when flexed.

TEST SPECIMEN; 12' x 12' x 1/2" (30.48 CM x 30.48 CM x 1.27 CM)

This is a comparison between different mats offered by AlturnaMATS and plywood. The following is a laboratory test and, because of such drastic environment changes from job site to job site, these should be considered only reference point numbers.

 

PRODUCT                                                            DEFLECTION

PLYWOOD                                                            .098(2.4892MM) @ 50 PSI
STANDARD ALTURNAMATS                        .045(1.143MM) @ 50 PSI
VERSAMAT (VERSA TREAD UP)                        .054(1.3719MM) @ 50 PSI
VERSA MAT (VERSA TREAD DOWN)            .049(1.2446MM) @ 50 PSI

Results indicated above clearly shows that AlturnaMATS have twice the deflection ratio characteristics of 5/8" plywood. Adding a moisture factor into this test and plywood deflection drops another 50%, where in the case of polyethylene moisture and water have no effect.

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