shed floor

cybergranny99March 19, 2010

We are thinking of replacing a sheep shed floor-over a current concrete floor that's too low. The floor needs to be eight inches higher. We have sheep in the shed, and it works well until we have heavy rain, when it gets soaked from the adjacent pen which is at the same level--

We aren't sure if we should use a wood floor and if it should be pressure treated. The chemicals are said to be "safe" now, but the pressure treated wood costs double--

There are lots of old barn floors that haven't rotted--we'd rather not use the pressure treated if we don't have to--we're open to other ideas too

anyone have experience/advice with this?

Thanks, Judy

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Naomi Miller

As someone who has had to build up a lot of stall floors for various livestock, lol.... we use pallets as a base, overlaid with sheet goods... for ease of cleaning, we usually use and OSB or other sheet good covered with scrap vinyl far, all have held up well and if and when they do not, pallets are free !! Good luck with whatever you decide to do

    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 8:20AM
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Here is a link to a relative new type of heat treated decking/floor non-toxic chemical free wood. It cost a bit more but is worth it. When we built our decks 5 years ago it cost appx $2.00 per board foot (pressure treated cost $1.00 per board foot). It then had to be special ordered but now is becoming commonly available. It is rot, insect, shrink and warping resistant and comes with a 25 year warranty even when used under/on the ground.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Truely Non-Chemical Green Wood

    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 8:50AM
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If flooding is the problem, and otherwise the concrete floor is satisfactory, could you improve the drainage from the other pen? I was thinking of something like a French drain between the two pens which could direct the water to where it would not be a problem. Just a thought.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 2:24PM
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Think it would be cheaper (at least more cost effective)and healthier to do the drain idea. Say you build up the floor with wood, still gonna have moisture and all the goodies that come with it. Stop the water from coming in in the first place.


    Bookmark   March 19, 2010 at 10:19PM
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