Options for aisle and washrack flooring
I am slowly making my way through the research for all of the building materials for my new barn, and am now looking at flooring for the aisleway and wash stall. The aisle will be approximately 12' x 48', with my 4 stalls along one side and the tack/feed and wash stall occupying about 2/3 of the other side. The remainder of that side is just walled off to create an exterior covered area for machinery, etc.
My options for aisle flooring seem to be either rough concrete with rubber mats, or rubber pavers. Every barn I have ever boarded in has a concrete aisle with mats, so I am familiar with that setup. I have no experience with the pavers, but am very curious.
Does anyone have the pavers?
What was the cost per sq ft relative to concrete+mats?
Was it worth the extra $?
How do they hold up in a cold climate?
Rubber mats over screenings
We could not do concrete because there was a water line under the aisle, and we may need to dig to get to it.
Put in a drain line to one side, leveled and compacted, repeatedly, with fine stone, then put in rubber mats with a very gentle pitch toward the drains. Ran the wacker over the mats, too. That was almost a decade ago, and we have not had to "redo" any mats yet. We are a boarding barn, so lots of traffic. A couple days a year extreme humidity makes the mats damp, and we throw down some grit on those days so it is not slippery. Easy to sweep and blow.
Hope this helps someone, and good luck with the new place!!