Excelsior matting is a type of erosion control product that’s very similar to erosion control mats we’ve discussed in other blog entries. The significant difference between excelsior matting and other types of erosion control mats is that excelsior matting uses a specific kind of wood ‘excelsior’ fiber that provides a robust matrix for vegetation to establish itself in. Excelsior matting is designed primarily for use on sloped surfaces, as its durability makes it ideal for locations that might not work with standard erosion control mats.
Choosing Your Excelsior Matting
There are several types of excelsior matting available. Single-net blankets are the most cost-effective but don’t provide as much stability as double-net blankets. Double-net blankets have netting stitched to both the top and bottom of the excelsior material, while single-net blankets only have mesh on one side.
One of the things to consider is whether it’s important for you to use ecologically sensitive materials in your project. Excelsior matting is traditionally made with synthetic netting and stitching. While there are biodegradable options available, they can be more expensive and might eliminate the matting’s cost-effective benefits. And if you choose to use excelsior matting with synthetic fibers, it’s important to remember to clean up the netting when/if your excelsior mat has partially or fully decomposed.
There are also heavier-duty excelsior blankets available, which can last for up to three years before beginning to break down. If you’re seeking an erosion control method that has longevity and can provide stability over an extended period, heavy-duty excelsior blankets might be your best solution.
Excelsior Matting vs. Landscape Fabric
Landscape fabrics are similar to erosion control matting but serve a different function. Generally used as weed control, landscape fabrics are often synthetic and are less concerned with sediment filtration than traditional erosion control methods.
Excelsior matting is a much coarser style of erosion control fabric, with a broader range of uses. And, similar to coir matting, excelsior matting is at least partly biodegradable, whereas landscape fabric is traditionally made of polyethylene and used for hardscape projects with timber, paver stones, or loose gravel.
Excelsior Matting vs. Coir Erosion Mats
Excelsior matting and coir mats have many similarities. Both are made primarily of biodegradable fibers that are sustainably sourced as natural byproducts of either traditional agriculture or forestry. Both have different gradients of strength and longevity, ranging from three months to three years. And both can be used on flat and sloped surfaces.
Coir erosion control mats are generally made entirely of coir fiber, which means the entire mat is biodegradable without requiring a custom order. And while they’re traditionally more effective in flat areas or on gentle slopes, coir geotextiles have seen great success as natural methods of erosion control. Because coir fiber is resistant to mold, fungus, bacteria, and other inhibitors of successful plant growth, it’s a solid option when you want to reseed a large area.
You can find coir erosion control materials on our site, whether you’re searching for a residential application or need a large amount of material for a commercial construction project.
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