Steel road plate is used by construction companies around the world to cover trenches, protect the road or in vertical shoring. They enable continued vehicle access during road works and excavations. The plates are secured to the ground by stakes at all four corners to prevent movement. Some companies can also custom fabricate plates to meet specific job requirements and apply custom fabrication such as:
- Specially requested grades of steel
- Custom dimensions
- Custom engraving (company name or job name etc.)
- Lifting holes/slots in various dimensions
Types of Road Plates
Road plate is made of two types of materials, steel, and composite
Steel – Steel road plate is designed with the purpose of being able to provide heavy-duty durability on busy roads. Steel road plate is used when it is necessary to have a lane of the road closed. They are ideal for keeping lanes and roads open while ongoing work continues after hours at night, weekends. The also may be at the start of an excavation as a preliminary part of construction repairs projects, when work is held up or unforeseen issues prevent the work from being completed.
Steel road plate has long been the standard as they are designed to have long standing durability on busy roads. They are usually available in a comprehensive range of sizes to accommodate many types of excavations. They can be installed relatively quickly when using the appropriate machinery to install.
Sellers of Steel Road Plate:
Composite – Composite road plates bring new approaches towards solving the problem of covering roads and trenches with steel plates in that they do not require as much manpower. Steel plates can require special lifting equipment and can be difficult at times to transport and store. Certain composite road plates only require two men to lift and can be stored on a single pallet. Traditionally steel plates have been the first choice of contractors, construction crews, and home builders.
Each type of road plate offers pros and cons to the consumer. Most of the cons have to do with the context of how the plate will be used. Meaning it may be a con is one work environment but considered a pro in a different work environment. Common problems with steel plates are that they are slippery when wet. This can be a hazard, particularly for bike riders.
The disadvantages of plastic plates are that tend to be smaller, requiring more of them for larger projects. Many are made in the color yellow for the purpose of visibility, yet many projects specifically call for plates that are gray or beige as opposed to that color.
Steel plates coverage much larger areas than plastic. They are very durable and handle wear and tear over time well. They also can be covered with material to make them safe for drivers, bicyclists, and motorcyclists.
Plastic plates are also reliable and durable. They have an anti-slip surface that makes it safer for pedestrians to walk on them. Because they are lightweight they are easier to move and install and they require no expensive equipment to move them. They are safer to install and their construction makes them a popular choice for home renovations and smaller construction projects.
In a side by side comparison both do well. For most projects, steel road plate will be the better choice.