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August 5, 2017

Shop Talk: Deciding on a Floor for Your Pole Barn

 Flooring plays a major role in the look, feel and functionality of a pole barn used for a home, work or craft space, workshop or other. From pea gravel to trendy concrete to classic hardwood, today's flooring surfaces are endless. Finding the best option for your intended use of the pole barn is a pretty easy task. It may just come down to budget when buying flooring for your pole barn.


Let’s look at these 3 options:


Dirt or Rock Flooring

Probably the most affordable option for a pole barn floor is to go “au naturel.” But, the problem with that is you may constantly be eating dirt and dust, especially if you live in a dryer climate. But, once the the leveling is done for your pole barn, you at least have a floor.


Pea gravel, lime stone, river rock or other stone are other natural and affordable options in a pole barn building at about $25-30 per ton. It’s back breaking work to move stone and again do some packing and leveling, but it works very well for a pole barn used for storage or workshop.


Concrete Flooring

There’s nothing cooler than concrete flooring in a pole barn workshop especially if it is stained and glazed. It’s the latest trend. Here is a good video to see how that process is done: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paM-2mOSx8M.


Concrete can run up to $12 per square foot and that doesn’t include the stain and glazing if you choose to do that in your pole barn. If you are building a large pole barn, this can be quite costly. Asphalt is a less expensive option at about $6 per square foot. You won’t get the same sexy effect, but you have a strong, functional and long lasting pole barn floor nonetheless.


Hardwood, Tile or Laminate Flooring

If you are planning to move into your pole barn, you’ll need a real floor. Today’s options are far beyond what they were even 20 years ago. You can buy flooring at just about any big box hardware store like Lowes, Home Depot, or 54 Lumber. In home flooring options range in price from $1.99 a square foot to whatever you want to pay. The most important part here is to be sure you have a good installer for this type of flooring in your pole barn home or business. Padding and installation may be extra.


Good “footing” in your pole barn floor is important to the functionality, design and comfort of your space. Your intended use of the pole barn (and budget) will probably be the deciding factor in what you choose for your flooring.


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