I’ve poured and finished a lot of pole barn floors around central michigan and they are one of my favorite projects. While I would want to pour a pole barn floor everyday they are a fun project that usually only last one or two days. It’s nice to actually see what you’ve accomplished at the end of the day. Sometimes stone projects seem to go a lot slower.
How Thick Should a Concrete Pole Barn Floor Be?
A lot of people aske me how thick a pole barn floor should be because they want a floor that will last for years to come. For the way most homeowners use a pole barn a 4″ floor is plenty and that is by far the most popular thickness of polebarn floors in Michigan. If you have heavy vehichles or are going to have heavy equipment in your polebarn you should probably go thicker. If you are looking for a pole barn floor contractor to pour your concrete floor get in touch, I’ll give you a set price and we can schedule a day to pour the floor.
My dad is an old farmer and his floors are always 5″ thick. He calls it insurance. For most situations the quality of the subgrade (sand under floor) is much more critical to the strength of the floor than the thickness of the concrete. If you have spots of settling under your floor eventually the concrete will give out, and that’s a pain.
Can You Pour Concrete Pole Barn Floors During the Winter in Michigan?
I’ve poured a lot of concrete floors during the cold winter months in Michigan. Pole barn floors are good canidates for winter pouring because they can be heated quite easily. It’s important to NOT pour on frost so that has to be dealt with before the polebarn floor is actually poured. I prefer to pour the floor when the temperature is above freezing but concrete can be poured when it is below freezing as well. Extra care needs to be taken to allow the concrete floor time to cure without freezing. If you need to pour a concrete floor in your pole barn during the winter, I can do it for you. Get in touch.
Why Do You Cut Concrete Floors in Polebarns?
A lot of people who have a concrete floor installed in their polebarn have never actually seen a concrete floor installed before and are shocked when I show up the next morning to sawcut control joints into their new floor. First off, control cuts are only 25% of the thickness of the floor (usually 1/2 to 3/4″) and this helps to prevent the floor from cracking across the surface, it will crack down in the sawcut instead. Concrete cracks because it contracts as it cures fully. You don’t have to have your floor saw cut if you don’t like the lines. Most of the concrete floors in Mid Michigan have sawcuts. Some use another product called zip strips which effectivly do the same thing as cutting.
Should I use Fiber in My PoleBarn Floor?
Fiber is a type of reinforcement used in concrete nowadays. It consist of small fibers about 1 inch long and it helps to create a strong floor. Fiber is a good idea, I think it goes back to that insurance thing. It doesn’t cost much and it’s easy to use. If you plan on driving heavy vehichles or equipment on your floor you should additionally consider using a rebar mat to reinforce your floor. Many of the concrete floors I’ve poured in Central Michigan have rebar mats installed. If you need a stronger concrete floor due to heavy equipment, get in touch I can install one for you.
Need a Concrete Floor Contractor For Your Pole Barn?
If you need a concrete floor installed for your Michigan pole barn I can handle that for you. Just get in touch, I’ll give you a set price and we can schedule the project. I’ve been a concrete floor contractor here in Michigan for over 15 years and can make a nice floor for you.