Garage Door Plan – Great Garage Doors
Many people who adopt barn style garage plan often wonder what to do with the garage floor. For a barn garage plan, one needs a floor that’s note too hard or too chilly for the animals so that when need arises, they can use it for both purposes- as a barn or as a garage. There are many options, each with its own advantages: concrete, dust and gravel.
Concrete flooring is often preferred for barn garage plan because it is both durable and easy to clean. In fact, if you have problems with woodchucks and rats, then concrete floor be advisable. If these rodents have been living there for many years, maybe it would be preferable to first get rid of them before revamping the garage barn’s floor.
If you plan storing feed in the garage barn, then concrete is okay. Even then however, I advise you store feed in rodent-proof containers. This type of container can either be bought or you can easily convert metal garbage cans for that purpose.
Many people however find concrete too hard and in winter, too chilly for the animals. A good way of solving these issues is rolling out a vinyl mat over the barn garage plan’s flooring.
Gravel is another good idea for garage barn flooring, compacted or not. Lay down a gravel layer of about 4" thick. You get a pretty hard floor if your compact it but you can simply leaving it as it is. But if you choose not to compact the gravel floor, the hay may mix up and the place will soon become rather dusty. As in the case of concrete flooring, you can put down a rubber mat over the gravel floor to avoid this problem.
Cleaning however is more difficult with gravel floors than with any other type.
Dirt floor is a good option provided you cover it with a rubber mat. Spread wood shavings in the aisle in winter to keep the humidity down and make the barn more comfortable for the animals. The problem with a dirt floor is burrowing vermin. Remember too that mice love hay and straw, especially during the cold months of winter, because it’s it's a nice warm and protected place for them.
It is important too to add some moisture by spraying water onto the dust floor from time to time. In fact dust flooring is generally less expensive than concrete and gravel and it drains fairly well, and if properly done, it keeps the barn garage clean and fresh.
Lastly a mix on any of the different types of flooring can give pretty nice results. Try using concrete in the halls and dirt floor in the stalls. There is also another technique called soil cement, which is often used in driveways: it consists of a mixture of concrete and dirt (three parts dirt with one part concrete). This is a great option if you want to get the freshness of dust floor combined to the solidity of concrete.
Finally and especially if you are keeping horses in your barn garage plan, choose sawdust as stall flooring.