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Bushman
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2003-09-01          63016


Has anyone heard of using asphalt for barn flooring? I know gas will eat thru it, but why don't you see more people using it as a floor? Just wandering, cause the price difference w/that and concrete is making me wander why not? Just curious. Thanks.

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harvey
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2003-09-01          63018


Bushman Asphalt would make an excellent floor. I was gonnaa use it in the Wood shed I just built. Kids filled my other semi-formal shed (concrete floor) with their stuff. As of now the shed has crusher run and next year I'll put in either asphalt or millings. I get a very special deal on construction stuff. The problem with asphalt is you would have a very difficult time getting the size machinery in the barn to keep it at grade and get the compaction needed. Asphalt is very time sensitive. It comes from the plants, depending on type and specs, at about 295-320 degrees F. It is a lot of work.

I have seen lots of asphalt in pavalions that are open around the sides allowing equipment to work freely.

Concrete is easier to work with its not as time sensitive and it has a tighter, less porrous, surface. ....

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Bushman
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2003-09-01          63024


Thanks Harvey. What about setting the poles and trusses, then doing the floor. Forgot to mention that this would be a new construction. I feel then it may be doable! I was just thinking I was missing something because you just never see asphalt in barns....at least I haven't. Think i'm gonna try it! ....

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Peters
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2003-09-01          63028


I guess you need to consider what the building will be used for over time. Technically a barn is a building for animals, the storage of crops and the storage of farm machinery. Two out of three traditional uses the asphalt would not be acceptable. You would not want asphalt on the floor of the horse barn, pig barn, chicken barn or any other facilty holding live stock. You would not want the feed bin on the asphalt or the hay piled on it either. ....

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Bushman
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2003-09-01          63040


It's gonna house my boat and new JD 4115, amongst other things, but no animals or crops. I'm thinkin it just may work so long as I keep the grease and gas off it. ....

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2003-09-01          63041


I have an asphalt floored barn. Make sure your base is solid and not prone to any erosion. The previous owner who asphalted my barn did not do a good job and I have had to patch several areas after mini-collapses. Not a big deal but a nuisance. ....

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2003-09-02          63084


I thought of using asphalt until i took a looked at someone else that did it. It really does not work very well for long term storage of heavy equipement, it leaves ruts and depresions due to displacement(remember) asphalt really NEVER gets soild its was designed to remain flexible to some degree.although if I did use it I would have used the COARSE parking lot grade and sealed it . ....

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harvey
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2003-09-02          63085


Bushman your best bet is to talk to your local driveway contractors about what you want to do. See how they would want to do it.

They should at least have power box paver, (for the main pulls), a good roller and a really good plate tamp.

Look at some of the driveways that have lots of turns and or turnarounds and see the work first. If you have a blacktop plant near you ask them who they would hire to do their own driveways.

The newest and shiniest equipment ain't worth squat if they do not know how to use it. Some of the well used equipment in experienced hands is the best.

We have 6 paving crews out of our Cortland shop. 2 do the state road jobs and each crew is different and some of city street guys could pave circles around the big boys just because they get down in the streets with manholes, water lines, curbs, alleys, tight corners, parking lots...

I have lots of black top in my drive. I haul in stuff that is left over. I use tractor with scraper and bucket to level. Roll it with heavy lawn roller on garden tractor. It's a little wavy here and there but it's hard and no mud. I do not have a big issue with oil leaks etc.

Have fun and good luck ....

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AC5ZO
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2003-09-02          63087


There are a lot of things that can affect your potential happiness with asphalt paving. I have had things like motorcycles fall over on asphalt because the kickstand sinks in to the soft surface. I have also experienced similar things like the comments about "ruts" and so forth. Heavy items like engines seem to "set" into the asphalt surface. Asphalt does not seem to do this permanent deformation when you simply drive over it, but sustained loads at various temperatures seem to cause asphalt to flow.

I am not an expert on asphalt, but I use concrete in all of my buildings. There may be a way to make asphalt work, but I am not willing to run those experiments with my money. ....

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2004-09-19          96838


Asphalt makes the room darker and harder to see in and lighting less effective. ....

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