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    Need opinion on floor

    I will be building a 24' x 42' tractor storage barn & repair building over the winter. The concrete floor pour is a major expense since not only do I have the cost of concrete @around $105 per cu. yard, but I also have the labor for pouring & finishing. So I was thinking that maybe instead of concrete I could use 2"x6" sleepers & cover over with 3/4 pressure treated plywood tongue & groove also if I can find it.

    But then when I think about bringing in a tractor with wet or muddy tires, etc. the barn floor would always be a mess & hard to keep clean. What I'm trying to do is reduce my flooring costs overall, but nothing seems to be as good as old fashion concrete with a clear sealer topcoat. Anyone have any suggestions or actual experience with alternate flooring materials. And here in the south, I'm not worried about ground heaving or freezing. More concerned with wood eating insects, high humidity & the occasional black snakes that love to nest between floor joists & have a talent for burrowing under grade boards, etc. Thanks
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    For an equipment building, I would avoid wood. I just don't like it. Moisture is an issue, maintenance is an issue, and it flexes. I can't stand a wood floor in a working building.

    Could you do a compacted gravel floor for now, and have the concrete poured over it later? Or just leave the floor bare dirt and do gravel and concrete later on. Compacted gravel would be better than dirt, but if it's mostly for storage it wouldn't matter too much.
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    For just tractor and implement storage a dirt floor is not bad. I have a pole barn with dirt floor that I use for this. When you bring in a tractor with tiller or box blade or anything else that's been used in the dirt, some is going to remain on it and fall off later in your building.

    With the dirt floor, unless it's really a lot, often you won't even notice.

    For a shop for working in, I prefer concrete.

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    My barn has a wood plank floor which I've had for 20+ years now. The main section is for parking our 2 vehicles plus the tractor in the winter. The shop is seperate in the rear. I'm just used to it I guess.

    Things that I would like to do but can't - wash vehicles/equipment and also have never learned to weld as I can't be welding on a 100 year old dried out wood floor.

    Dirt - i would avoid that myself. Not only moisture constantly coming out of the ground but I also work on vehicles and equipment where I have to lay on the floor.

    Gravel - first thing comes to mind is not having the ability to roll stuff around like tool boxes, dollies/carts that hold some implements like my Heavy Hitch.

    Maybe leave as dirt or gravel then plan to pour concrete in a year or two? Possibly cover the floor with horse mats in the meantime?
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    On a 24x42 building I'd concrete the whole floor ASAP. If you have to reduce building costs only concrete what you can afford and plan on pouring the rest ASAP. Dirt, wood, gravel, grass were ALL things I was happy to be away from when working on equipment inside my first concrete floor shop.
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    Agree with Powerstroke, concrete as much as possible especially where you plan on working on your eqpt. Then do the rest as you can afford or have the need.
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    Concrete.

    Do it now as it will be a PITA to do it later when the building is filled with stuff.
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    If you don't do the concrete now, will it ever get done? Yeah it's costly but so is a building.
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    Because I have a barn with a dirt floor, if I ever build another shed or replace the barn I would pour the concrete floor first and then build as I could afford it. Been told I do some things backwards. But that's how important a concrete floor is to me. I hate a dirt floor. Dust gets everywhere and on everything. Kids love playing in it though.
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    For whatever reason, the first time the floor gets wet,,(AND, it WILL get wet,, ),, you will be thankful it is concrete,,,

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