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Old April 25th, 2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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Default gravel floor for a barn... and adding concrete later?

I will be building a barn soon for the 99.6% purpose of just storage. I am considering just doing gravel for now and adding concrete down the road if I ever need it.

Does anyone have experience pooring a cement slab in a barn that previously had gravel? Anything I should know before I decide to postpone the concrete floor for a few years or more?
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Dont even think about it! Worst idea ever. My old barn in highland is 25 yrs old and still not cemented.
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Try and find some used OSB, I did that in my shed and it works great.
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Dont even think about it! Worst idea ever. My old barn in highland is 25 yrs old and still not cemented.
I just don't know that I need concrete for a storage barn? Especially special crete for a Toter...
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If it is strictly storage and you never plan on working on stuff in there it seems like concrete would be a very large waste of money.
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the inside of my barn has turned into moon dust. any little thing stirs it up and the tractor, truck, bikes, trailers, ext. all look like shit if they are in there for very long. if i could talk the boss into getting rid of the retarted animals it would be better but she say no :'(
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It just makes it more of a bitch to dig the rat walls other then that I don't see a problem.
Our barn was just graval when we moved in and I remember that was the only problem we had
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No problem pouring over gravel, just don't put it higher than your cement grade. You don't want to dig it out and waste it if you put in too much
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I don't like a storage barn with anything but concrete because of it trashing everything. It's a lot if expense but in the long run its nicer. Plus if you do it first you never have to worry about doing it later. It helps resale as well. However the expense is great. In conclusion dirt/gravel floor barns SUCK!
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No problem pouring over gravel, just don't put it higher than your cement grade. You don't want to dig it out and waste it if you put in too much
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The gravel being driven on for a length of time will make for a nice firm base for your concrete later on too.
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Crushed asphalt that has been rolled or ran over with a sled packer will give you a real nice storage floor. I've done it before & been very pleased. Don't use plain millings it will have to many big chunks.
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I will be building a barn soon for the 99.6% purpose of just storage. I am considering just doing gravel for now and adding concrete down the road if I ever need it.

Does anyone have experience pooring a cement slab in a barn that previously had gravel? Anything I should know before I decide to postpone the concrete floor for a few years or more?
I had KC rip out my old floor and pour a new one in on my addition...
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Do the prep know and just make sure you are 4 inches below your final grade. Its going to be dusty as all get out in there
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Do the prep now and just make sure you are 4 inches below your final grade.
what other prep should I do?
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what other prep should I do?

scrape the loose top cap off the soil and dont leave sticks and grass under there they will rot
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when I had my barn built I had gravel down. we put in 4-5" of 21AA road gravel. it packed well enough but it was hard to work on top of. skip the cost and go straight to concrete. way better and put down a vapor barrier. I used rewire in mine and poured it 7 1/2" thick and 9-10 thick in the door ways and hoist area.
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If your not going to do the floor now I would at least have the rat walls poured as a foundation. Digging them with an existing structure brings the suck.
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I've used crushed limestone as the floors in several buildings, soaked it after it was leveled and really like it. It stays packed down well and doesn't seem dusty to me.
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I recommend a concrete rat wall footer regardless.

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