Ok, so...while we're waiting for the 'load letter' from the electrician saga...(grrrr) I'm going to focus on finishing out my exterior washrack area. This is adjoining the small barn as well as the attached run in.
This area is half walled, with gate...but is totally open overhead. (no lean to roof)
It is packed bluestone, (but I'll be doing a bit different grading to allow water to drain away from barn )....and I won't be cementing/paving it, because I have water lines running under the base, as well as my electric fence lines.
So! It will be matted once I get the grade packed/sloped slightly for water run off.
I'm NOT interested in the 'holes in them' washrack mats. I'm going to be using the interlocking stall/aisle mats I have in the barn. My questions for you guys: Anyone that has the solid black mats in an outdoor area that isn't protected overhead? Will I be creating a worry in so much as: slick in rain, ice, etc...as well as a worry as far as the black getting/radiating HEAT in the summer?
Not sure? the responses will sway me from putting them in (given my alternatives...) but wanted to know what I'll be dealing with in re: them being exposed to all weather.
"Indecision may or may not be my problem"
We have a stall mat that was meant to go in the trailer and never got there. It came from TSC and we might have it upside down, it has grooves on the upward facing surface. Anyway although I don't intentionally use it it has been sitting in the same spot in the bright sunshine for three years and I haven't noticed it degrading in any way, I do walk over it a lot and we have used it for a weed free parking area for the lawnmower. I don't think it would behave much differently than asphalt as far as heat retention etc.. I guess I should go look at it and try to pick it up and see if it is holding up or just moldering in place. I'll get back to you with that after church.
I have stall mats in my outdoor washrack. They are fine. They have a slight texture, so they aren't slippery when wet. We don't get alot of ice here, but they would be slippery with ice. You could always put one down, wet it with a hose and walk on it, see what you think.
I have solid mats at the entrances to both of my barns and all along under the overhand in front of dutch doors. I have no slick issues, they drain and dry well also in winter once the snow is easly shoveled off they hold the heat and keep a nice safe entry to and from barns...
I had solid mats in my outdoor wash stall, but never used it in the winter. Yes, it will get slick in icy conditions.
I ended up switching out to ring mats because, after a summer of torrential rains, it was draining back towards the barn. And I rarely use it anymore...but I do have an indoor wash stall too. No more training horses, only a retired boarder.
"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." ~Immanuel Kant
I've got TS mats on plain ground/grass. Been using them for 3 years. No problems but I'm in FL and ice isn't usually a problem. As long as they have enough slope to drain water you probably won't have too much trouble with ice if they are in the sun.
I am putting in a new outdoor wash rack now. The bottom layer is slightly sloped (for drainage) baserock, compacted, and will be topped with 4" of angular drain rock and on top of that regular stall mats that are textured on one side. Did this with a previous wash area and it worked out well as long as I kept the rubber mats swept off.