Floored

Let’s talk about some floor options for your building.

The floor is an important part of any building. In a small building, the floor often is not covered with floorcovering so not only does the floor support your building and everything in it, but you also have to look at it.

If you choose the correct floor when you are designing your building, you will never need to think about again.

There are four floor options for our buildings and I will discuss each one here.

1. Standard Floor.

3/4" T&G Plywood

3/4″ T&G Plywood

For the majority, the right floor for your building will be our standard floor. Our standard floor is 3/4″ tongue and groove plywood. The 3/4″ is possibly an over-kill for all but the heaviest loads. However, overkill is our goal. Tongue and groove adds significant install time but we still use it for 2 reasons. First, the T&G is stronger. The interlocking T&G joint prevents flexing and sagging between the floor joist. Secondly, the tight T&G joint prevents light or insects from coming through.

2. Treated Plywood Floor. With the same specs as our standard floor with the exception that the joist and plywood are both pressure treated. While our standard floor is a the best choice for the majority of our customers, the treated floor is a good option in high moisture situations. Examples of situations that would benefit from having the treated floor would include a building sitting in an area that stays damp and a building being used for chickens or animals.

3. Treated Tongue and Groove 2×6 Floor.

Treated T&G 2x6 Floor

Treated T&G 2×6 Floor

This is our strongest wood floor. While there are customers that have parked cars on our standard floor, if you are planning to use your building for a garage, we recommend this floor. Our Garage model comes with this floor standard and it is optional on all other buildings. Park your car on this floor and then use a garden hose or pressure washer to clean it up. Made from the same material as many outdoor decks, this floor holds up great to the elements.

4. Concrete Floor.  While it tends to be a bit more expensive, concrete can make a very nice building floor. We do not do concrete floors but we certainly can and do install our buildings on concrete floors. When we are building on concrete we make a few changes. Our walls get a treated bottom plate and we use a sill seal between the wall and the concrete. We also use sleeve anchors to fasten the building to the concrete. You can have your concrete contractor call us with and discuss specs for the pad.

Any of these floors are a great choice and your exact use of the building will determine which is best for you.

 

This entry was posted on by Shannon Martin.