Originally Posted by Koolio
Thanks ericp502! Your barn sounds lovely! We are building a 36' x 36' pole building with 10'walls and 2' of the wall light panels on both sides. We will start with two 12'x12' stalls and a tack room but can add 2 or 3 more stalls later. Since the floor is dirt, we plan to bring in some tamped road crush and lay rubber mats in the stalls and rubber paving blocks in the centre aisle. Concrete is crazy expensive here and the prep to ensure it doesn't crack in our cold climate is extensive. We also have the issue of traction in the winter, as any moisture or any snow tracked in will freeze and become very icy. My neighbour uses the rubber pavers in his barn and is very happy with them.
I will check with Priefert to see if they have any dealers in Western Canada. So far, I haven't seen any. If we were closer to the border, I'd go and pick up stall kits myself, but we are a good 6 hours north of the border and further yet to any major US centres, so finding something locally made makes sense.
I'd look at least 3' clear panels if not 4'. We were going to do 2' also but just did not let the light we wanted in. With 4' clear panels you don't even have to have a single light on in the barn. Even the loft is fully lighted. Our builders did it for no additional cost. They recommended not putting it on the roof since over time it would leak. We have a 1' overhang around all sides of the barn and the clear panel is all the way up so no way to leak.
While your getting your road crush think about adding a 10x10 area around your doors so you don't track as much mud into your barn and not walking in mud right outside the doors.
I looked at the rubber bricks too but talked to several people that have them and they don't like that the dirt, urine and other stuff gets down between them. You might be better off putting the road crush in the isle and just using rubber mats.