Cattle guard foundations delivered!

Installing a cattle guard is a labor-intensive feat. It requires excavation, pouring of cement footings and the setting of the guard itself. There is now an easier way with pre-cast cattle guard foundations!

Barn World can now ship pre-cast concrete footings with the flat top rail cattle guards! We can deliver a complete set of cattle guard foundations that are designed specifically to bolt to the grid itself.

Cattle Guard Resting on Concrete Foundations

cattle guard and precast concrete foundations

The importance of a solid foundation

The foundation is the most important aspect to any installation. Buildings, bridges and really any structure that requires transferring a large amount of weight to the ground needs solid footing.

It is especially critical that cattle guards are properly secured. The loads it carries can change and cars and trucks can create changing horizontal loads as the momentum of the vehicle changes. When a vehicle accelerates, brakes, or turns while on the crossing, a horizontal load is introduced. This requires tremendous support to effectively stabilize and transfer them to the ground.

The pre-cast concrete footings have bolts cast into them to match the mounting holes in the bottom of the steel grid. Cattle guards should be bolted directly to the foundation to prevent movement that can disturb and weaken an installation.

Taking Delivery

Pre-cast foundations are now delivered on the same vehicle as the cattle guards themselves. This means the entire crossing can be installed much more quickly. There’s no need to wait for cement to cure before setting the guards and this convenience means a faster project completion time.

As with anything made of concrete, they are very heavy. and cumbersome. They’re available in lengths of 8′, 10′, 12′ and 14′ to match the available sizes of the guards themselves and due to their large sizes and weights, the delivery vehicles do not have a means of unloading. They will usually arrive on a flat-bed truck and require that the receiver provide a mechanical means of unloading. A fork lift will be necessary to unload and providing access to both sides of the trailer is ideal. The more accessibility to the trailer in the delivery area, the better.

An area where a semi truck and trailer can park to unload should include easy access to each side if possible. Reaching across the width of an 8′ trailer to try and lift a 2,000 pound load can be challenging.

The shipper will contact the receiver in advance of arrival to coordinate the delivery. Barn World will also forward the shipper’s information to ensure smooth communication and a seamless unloading.

cattle guard footings and foundations

Cattle Guard Quotes

We do ship these large and heavy foundations and cattle crossings throughout the US and can provide free quotes for delivery upon request. If you’d like one emailed, please let us know by emailing the quantities, sizes and delivery zip code and we’ll be able to forward a quote for your review, usually the same day.

If you have any questions about cattle guard installations or deliveries, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

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ATV Cattle Guards

Not all cattle guards are designed for cars and trucks. The new ATV Cattle Guard is a unique design that’s built specifically for your off road vehicle to cross. It’s a simple drop-and-go installation that doesn’t require any digging. Connect your fencing to the uprights and you’re done!

cattle guard with an atv crossing it

The drive-over surface area is 6′ in width and can accommodate Gators and Kubot’s. We are able to build custom crossings for four place ATVs if needed. The ramp is only 14″ tall, but for the (4) person machines, we make it a bit longer and not quite as tall to prevent bottoming out. The longer wheelbases require a ‘stretched’ ramp design.

The standard two place guard has an elevated ramp to deter animals from crossing. A word of warning though, animals should not be allowed to try and pick their way through the bars. It is possible the could get tangled up in the structure and have trouble getting out. The look of the design is usually all that is need to persuade them from going need the guard.

Construction and Design

This one-piece livestock barrier weighs 300 pounds and is 50″ high when measured from the ground to the top of the wings. The ramp itself offers a generous interior driving area of 75″ in width while measuring near 100″ wide overall.  The entire length from front to back is 91 inches.

The entire structure is over-built with SQUARE, 1-1/2″ tubing in 11 gauge steel. It’s finished in a gray enamel and is built to sit directly on the ground.

Cattle Guard Details:

  • Length from outside to outside length is 91″
  • Overall Width Measurements:- Interior (drive-able area) 75″, Outside 100″
  • Height of ramp is 14″
  • Top of wings on each side is 50″
  • Constructed with 1 1/2″ x 11 gauge square tubing
  • Standard finish is a gray enamel
  • Weight is 300 lbs
  • A larger, 4 seat size is available on request

Installation

This livestock barrier couldn’t be easier to install. To begin, find the section of fencing where you’d like to have drive-over access. Cut the fence line and level the ground as best you can. A bed of crushed gravel may help drainage and settling issues.

Move the guard into place and set it on the ground. Once stable, re-attach your fencing to the center upright posts and you’re done. You may now freely cross in your ATV without stopping for a gate!

Post Installation Suggestions

Some simple set up before setting the guard in place can provide long-term benefit down the road.

Surface Preparation

Make sure the area is as level as possible. The weight of the vehicle crossing over multiple times can cause it to ‘creep’ down a hill and out of position. A level site will help keep it in place as it won’t have a slope to pull it in that direction.

Placing a bed of crushed gravel beneath can assist with drainage. Standing water is not good for steel and can compromise the footing of the crossing. Mud will slowly absorb the supports and allow the guard to sink into the ground. The lower the barrier, the less effective if will be at deterring animals. Assisting the drainage of water is a great help in prevent both of these potential problems.

Weeds are another nuisance if left undisturbed. As with any pasture, the growth of high grasses can conceal the presence of the 14″ tall ramp. Even though it’s 91″ long, if covered by weeds, it’s much less of a deterrent and more of a trap.  Keep it clear of grasses and just the sight of the guard will keep livestock away.

 Pictures

The pictures below tell the whole story of how easy and straight forward this barrier is. Set in place, attach your fence line and enjoy unfettered access to your pastures on your ATV.

cattle guard built for atvs on the ground

cattle guard for atv crossings

Barn World has heavy-duty cattle guards necessary for all road projects and now carries this simple and easily installed ATV Cattle Guard too.

Call Barn World today at (720) 238-2190 to get a quote with shipping directly to your door or email us at Sales@BarnWorld.com

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Cattle Guard Foundations

A cattle guard requires a solid foundation for a long-lasting installation. There is more than one way to create a secure the crossing and each one is site specific. A qualified contractor who is familiar with the local site and soil conditions such as freezing levels, drainage etc. should be consulted to ensure it’s properly designed and installed.

Examples of Cattle Guard Installations

cattle guard installation diagram  foundation diagram for a cattle guard installation

The cattle crossing itself is designed to be a livestock barrier that also allows vehicles to cross unimpeded. The weight, speed and changing momentum of traveling cars and trucks requires a solid installation.

A traditional foundation starts with a vaulted, or excavated area where the guard will be placed. The depth ensures debris won’t fill in between the top rails. It also provides an optical deterrent to crossing animals and allows for drainage beneath.

After the excavating process, cement footings are installed. They’re either poured on site or can be ordered and delivered with the flat, top rail grids.

Pre-cast Footings and Foundations

Below is a set of precast foundations with a flat rail cattle guard resting on top. You can see how they are ready to be lowered directly in the ground and are built to accommodate the cattle guard.

The precast footings have anchor bolts already poured in them. They’re ready to fit the pre-drilled holes on the bottom of the guard so they can be bolted down in the field.

heavy duty cattle guard with pre-cast foundations

 

Boxed Cattle Guards

Boxed cattle guards have a steel skirt welded around the perimeter. The skirt allows it to rest directly on the ground and prevents dirt from sliding into the area below the top rails. Dirt is typically built up and used as a ramp for vehicles on each end. They are very popular in driveways and low traffic or isolated areas that don’t have high-speed traffic.

cattle guard with a steel box welded to it

A real advantage to the skirt is that there is no excavating or digging required. It lays directly on the ground. They are very popular for use in construction sites as wash racks or rumble strips and can be taken from job to job.

For a proper installation, a bed of crushed gravel should be use for proper drainage and to help prevent the guard from sinking into the ground over time. A lot of customers will bury railroad ties and anchor the grid directly to them. This can help prevent movement as vehicles cross and prevent ‘creeping’ over time.

 

Every Site is Different

Remember that these large, one-piece steel structures take a real beating from crossing vehicles. The weight and changes in momentum require a solid foundation not only for support, but to also prevent movement.

A knowledgeable contractor should be consulted as each site has different circumstances and requirements for a successful, long-lasting installation. Freezing levels change throughout the country, each site has unique drainage requirements and even local building codes can come into play.

Make sure you installation is done right and if you have any questions, would like a quote with delivery to your site, please let us know.

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Cattle Guards from Barn World

Barn World has a large selection of cattle guards to give you free vehicle access to your pastures while keeping your livestock contained. There are many different styles, sizes, ratings and options available and we detail some of them below.


cattle guard on concrete footings  cattle guard being removed from optional box

 

Private Driveway Cattle Guards

As an option for use on private land such as driveways and ranch entrances, we offer an economical option called the private use cattle guard.

These are built with an estimated load-carrying capacity of 12 tons per axle, plenty for fully loaded semis and typical farm and ranch equipment.

They’re made with round top pipe welded to a steel c-channel below that transfers the weight of crossing vehicles to the ground below. They’re available with many options including:

  • wings to tie the fence line to the guard
  • removable box so it can be removed from the site or easy cleaning
  • integral box, welded to the guard so it can rest directly on the ground
  • available in 6′ or 8′ in the direction of travel and may be bolted together

When you need a gate-less entry for your ranch or driveway, this is the most common and economical way to go!

Rated Cattle Guards

An HS-20 rating is required when installing a crossing in a public roadway. This is a 16 ton per axle load-carrying engineered design. It’s a very common certification used throughout the US for highways and public roads

We offer the HS20 Rated Cattle Guards in both Round and Flat Top Rail designs.

Below are the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials load rating classifications. This organization represents the highway and transportation departments for all 50 states and creates a comprehensive industry standard for public road projects.

Cattle Guard Load Ratings

Click any one of the links above to be taken to the appropriately rated cattle guard on our site. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Cattle Guards Options

Not every site has the same needs. Some need to allow high speed traffic to cross and will want a ‘flat top rail’ design. Others are in very remote areas with low traffic and can use the boxed guard shown below. This design allows it to sit directly on the ground and have dirt ramps on either end for vehicle crossings.

The opposing option is the ‘removable box’. It’s not the best name for this feature as the box stays, but the guard is removed. This allows the box to preserve the surrounding site and keeps it from being disturbed. If you lift the guard out, cleaning underneath is a lot easier.


boxed cattle guard for laying directly on the groundcattle guard removable box option

Snow plow strips

Plow strips are added as shown below for areas that use snow plows. The strips are welded to the top allow the plow to glide across without clipping across the top of the rails. The plow operator sure appreciates the smoother crossing and it can help minimize wear and tear on the plow and guard.

plow strips on a cattle guard

Whatever your particular need is, there’s a cattle crossing solution for you. Please let us know if you have any question or if we can help select a livestock guard for your site.

We can also email quotes with shipping right to your site.  Just email Sales@BarnWorld.com or call anytime: 720.238.2190.

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Handmade Cinches for all types of riding

Handmade equine cinches make the 5 star equine cinch a Barn World favorite

The cinch is one of the most important pieces of your horse tack in securing your saddle to the horse. It’s comfort and fit are instrumental in giving your horse the freedom to be athletic and perform at its best without uncomfortable pinching or over-tightening.

These 100% mohair cinches are hand made and available in different width to match your style of riding. Whether you’re cutting, jumping, pleasure riding or roping, there is a cinch designed for your activity.

Take a look at some of the styles and designs below.

Styles of Cinches

Cinch design chart

The World’s Finest handmade, all-natural, therapeutic 100% Mohair equine cinches fit our philosophical position of what is right for horses and mules. Cinch cord is an 8-ply, 100% Mohair cord. The cord is hand laced onto flat buckles and rings. Mohair has been known for years to have the same therapeutic and comfort value as 100% wool felt.

Cinch hardware selections

The 5 Star equine cinch uses BORK FLAT BUCKLE HARDWARE, in TUMBLE or POLISHED FINISH. Bork Saddlery Hardware Co. is the finest and oldest saddle hardware company in the United States. The bronze rings and buckles are made of an alloy offering high tensile strength and corrosion resistance. The FLAT HARDWARE keeps the horse’s flesh from “rolling over” and pinching as with roller and round hardware.
cinch buckle selections

All 5 Star cinches are hand made to order in the USA!

If you have any questions or if we can help select the proper cinch for your rides, please don’t hesitate to let us know. We’re always happy to help!

Visit Barn World today for our complete 5 Star product line and see all of our cinches online.

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Cattle Scales and the Weigh Bar

Weighing your cattle is an important health monitoring tool for your animals. This weigh bar setup allows you to weigh right in the chute and turns it into an effortless cattle scale. The calm squeeze chute environment creates a safe place for you and your animal to get an accurate weight.

cattle scale weigh barsThe MTI-500 is a simple and economical addition that mounts right to the bottom of your chute. It comes in lengths of 33″ or 40″ to fit most frames and quickly attaches with the mounting tabs on each end of the bars.

You may buy individual weigh bar cables and parts by clicking here.

Livestock Scale Weigh Bar Features

These cattle scale bars ship ready to use and can be quickly set up right from the box. They include both weigh bars that have built-in handles on each bar. There’s a 20′ cable from the bar to the digital indicator which is housed in stainless steel. The indicator includes a back-light and the entire system comes with a manufacturer’s 2-year warranty.

The system has a total weighing capacity of 5,000 pounds, 2,500 on each bar in both the 33″ and 40″ lengths.

To use for weighing your livestock, place the bars under the platform they’ll be standing on, zero out the display and you’re ready to go.

The indicator uses the common RS-232 communications port to link directly to your laptop. The included cable is easy to disconnect from the digital indicator for storage.

At the bars, the cables also easily unplug and are made with rodent-resistant protective wrap. Each of the connection points on the bars have protective steel shields. These protruding covers protect your connections from damage when you’re transporting your scale.

Platform Scale

Although it’s designed to mount to your chute, it doesn’t have to. There is an optional heavy-duty aluminum platform designed to fit the bars and make it an open-sided platform scale.

It measures a generous 7′ long and is available in 33″ or 40″ to match the size of the bars you select. See the picture below for a fully-assembled scale.

livestock scale platform

The bars can be mounted to most anything using the included mounting tabs!

Weigh Bar Specifications and Details

Click the following link to access the manual. It includes setup details, helps with setting up the digital display, and a lot of detailed information that may be useful for reference.

Weigh Bar Manual

Dimension Diagram

cattle scale dimension diagram

The bars themselves are made with carbon steel and finished in high-grade epoxy paint. Each individual bar has two loaded cells for accuracy. Recommended operating temperatures for most accurate weighing are 14 – 104 F degrees. Each bar has a low profile 4″ height.

Cleaning the Scale

The chute scale may be washed down with water but it’s not recommended that they be sprayed with a hose. The bars are sealed but a strong blast of water from the stream of a hose may force water into areas that can wear down or even break through a seal.

It’s also recommended that the bars aren’t submerged in water. When using on the bottom of a chute, it’s best to keep them out of the mud or from resting in wet areas. For more accurate results, the feet of the bars should be on a solid surface that’s free of standing water.

Features

The light and portable design means it can be portable and each handle makes them easy to carry. The quick-connect cables make set up and break down a breeze.

The indicator features an animal motion hold. The built-in software can grab an accurate weight even if the animal being weighed is moving around.

The bars come with a 6 V rechargeable battery and an AC adapter for use almost anywhere.

Barn World offers free shipping for these versatile chute scale weigh bars throughout the lower 48 States!

Go to BarnWorld.com to see our large selection of livestock scales!
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Sheepskin Saddle Pads – The Half Pad

Sheepskin Saddle Pads offer tremendous comfort and exceptional performance. All that with a naturally wicking and cushioning material that’s easy to clean. The combination of light weight and extreme comfort bring the two best qualities together in one pad.

The half pad design is a favorites of both casual and competitive riders and it’s available with a pommel or pommel and Cantle roll.


sheepskin saddle pad with pommel roll and blue quilting  sheepskin half pad with blue quilting and pommel and cantle rolls

Benefit of Sheepskin

These pads use Sheepskin that has over 3,000 fibers per every square inch. Each one has a fluffy, spring-like quality for the ultimate cushioning. This provides protection from rubbing, friction and potential sore spots.

The fibers are also able to collect moisture (sweat) and dissipate it into the air much more quickly than synthetic pads. This keeps your horse drier and cooler while riding.

The material is bacteria resistant and dries quickly and naturally. Washing with water and hanging to dry is a common cleaning method.

Sheepskin Saddle Pad Options

The popular half pads are available in three quilting colors: Blue, Black and White. It is available with Pommel and, or Cantle rolls. All of the designs are low-profile and light-weight for the best in performance and comfort.

Pommel Roll

The Pommel roll is a very common addition to the pad. Its forward position keeps the saddle from sliding forward. When you stop quickly or land after a jump, the momentum of your body and saddle is moving forward. This roll helps keep all that forward movement from sliding up on your hose keeps it centered on your pad.

Below are pictures of the pad with just the Pommel roll in blue, black and white.

 

Sheepskin Saddle Pads with Pommel Roll

sheepskin saddle pad with blue quiltingsheepskin saddle pad with black quilting sheepskin saddle pad with white quilting

Cantle Roll

The addition of the Cantle Roll adds even more saddle security to your ride. The Pommel Roll prevents forward movement while this one is added to prevent rearward movement.

During vigorous riding and when leaving the ground for a jump, your saddle and weight will be forced backward as your horse accelerates. This motion puts pressure on the saddle to slide backward. The roll on the back of the pad helps keep it in place.  When combined with a Pommel Roll, both forward and rearward movements are minimized.

Below are pictures of the half pad with both rolls in blue, black and white:

 

Sheepskin Saddle Pads with Pommel and Cantle Rolls


sheepskin half saddle pad with blue quilting and pommel and cantle rolls  black quilted sheepskin saddle pad with cantle and pommel rolls  white sheepskin saddle pad with pommel and cantle rolls

How to Clean a Sheepskin Saddle Pad

One of the great benefits of riding with sheepskin is the ease of cleaning. The sheepskin itself is made up of tiny fibers that are easily cleaned with either just water or with mild soap.

We don’t recommend using a washing machine with an agitator as it’s not necessary and may damage or deform the pad itself. You may simply hose it down, use a light massage to remove any dirt  or sweat marks and lay out to dry.

Once dry, a slight fluffing will reset the fibers and provide the cushioning and wicking abilities for your next ride.

If you have any questions about the half pad or the care of your sheepskin, please let us know. Click the following link to see all of our Sheepskin Saddle Pads and let us know if we can help with anything at all!

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Types of Cattle Guards Delivered

There are many names for what we call a cattle guard. The traditional design is a steel grid of parallel bars set in the ground. They create unstable footing for hoofed animals like livestock and prevent them from crossing. The guards are installed instead of a gate to keep cattle from wandering off of your land.

Below are some of the various designs available that eliminate the need for a gate.

Concrete Cattle Guards

Not all of these barriers are made of steel. There are concrete cattle guards available as well. This type uses forms to allow them to be poured on site. This makes them more economical to ship than the steel guards.There’s even a reusable concrete cattle guard form that allows you to pour as many as you like! Simply set the re-bar in the holders and fill with cement. Wait for them to cure and remove the finished guard from the form.


concrete cattle guards ready to be installed  concrete cattle guard form

 

Steel Cattle Guards

The most popular cattle guard design is made from steel. The top rails are welded so they run perpendicular to the road and are supported beneath by steel beams. The beams are set on concrete foundations to transfer the vehicle weight to the ground.

Round Top Rail Cattle Guards

cattle guard made from round top pipe rails

This popular design uses pipe for the top rails. The rounded surface creates extremely unstable footing for a large flat hoof and a very effective deterrent to livestock. It doesn’t provide the smoothest ride for crossing vehicles but are generally more economical than the flat top rail design below. They’re a bit more aggressive as a deterrent as well.

The installation diagram below illustrates how a crossing is supported in the roadway. Notice the wings on each side that transition the vertical fence line barrier to the horizontal livestock barrier in the road itself.

cattle guard installation diagram

Flat Top Rail Cattle Guards

The flat rail design uses a top rail shape of a hexagon. A flat top that the moves first outward than down like the profile of a barn. See the detail of the rail ends in the picture below.

cattle guard with flat top rails

This style is available in a load-carrying rating of 12 tons per axle all the way up to a massive 30 tons per axle. Note that the Department of Transportation requires only 16 tons per axle for public roadway projects.

Precast concrete foundations

The flat rail is able to have precast footings shipped with the guard. The manufacturing site also produces these specialized footings near the same facility. The footings and guards are loaded and delivered on the same vehicle. The concrete has re-bar pre-cast into the form so the metal grid can be bolted down directly in the field. It’s very convenient and saves pouring cement on-site.

Cattle Guard Delivery

All of the steel grid designs require that the receiver provide a mechanical means of unloading upon arrival. The large sizes and extremely heavy weights aren’t able to be unloaded by hand. The delivery driver also doesn’t have a way to unload the guards or foundations from the delivery vehicle and will rely on the customer to unload.

The cattle guard concrete forms are light enough to be delivery and managed by hand.

If you have any questions about your project or would like a quote with shipping to your site, please let us know and we’ll be happy to help!

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Hog Scales: Weighing Small Animals

Barn World Livestock Scales (click here)

When it comes to livestock scales, Osborne has been an industry leader in high-quality hog scales for decades. Their design creates a contained weigh station that helps reduce stress on the animal and creates a manageable experience for you as well!

Below a hog calmly enjoying the weighing process!

hog scale

The optional wheel kit makes this 5′ long scale portable. One personal can easily roll it out for weighing and roll back out-of-the-way when not needed. It can be moved from pen to pen so you don’t have to herd your animals to the scale itself.

The weighing mechanism is entirely cable free and the platform is built to reduce movement. This allows it to quickly grab an accurate weight.

Hog Scales – Specifications

  • Overall width:  18″ or 24″
  • Width 18″ – Platform is 14″ wide and 60″ long
  • Width 24″ – Platform is 20″ wide and 60″ long
  • Optional Wheel Kit – adds 4″ to overall exterior width
  • Wheel kit includes wheels, fasteners and handles
  • Gates available with center or side opening

Available Size Specification Chart

hog scale dimensions and size chart

Hog Scale Options

The scale is designed for rugged use in large animal operations. It comes with a variety of options to meet your preferences. See the available configurations below.

Scale display Options:

The scale is designed to be used with either a mechanical dial or the digital scale options. Some customer prefer the large manual display while others use the digital option below.

Mechanical Hog Scale Dial

The traditional mechanical dial display is the most popular choice of readouts. It’s simple and straight forward method and allows view the result with a quick glance. This is the most economical option and is extremely reliable. The system includes a lever with an optional hydraulic damping and can be read even if your animal is moving around.
hog scale mechanical dial

Digital Display

The digital scale readout features a continuous re-zeroing and a quick freeze feature for displaying a recorded weight until the scale is unloaded. It comes with an RS232 port so you can send your results electronically to a computer database for recording. This option includes the cable need to connect from the indicator to your PC. The precision allows readouts accurate to the 10th of a pound.

digital hog scale indicator

Wheel Kit

The wheel kit is an extremely popular add on and fits both the 18″ and 24″ scales. It includes a handle that raises and lowers the wheels on the far end and allows one person to easily move the scale from location to location.
hog scale wheel kit

Hog Scale Assembly Instructions Link (click here)

The scale ships un-assembled to keep shipping costs low. Click the link above to see the assembly required.

Summery

Use this scale to weigh your small animals in a stress-free environment. It’s better for you and them to have a ‘controlled experience’ and you get more accurate weights too. The wheel kit turns this large scale into a portable one and you’ll no longer have to bring your animals to the scale. Bring the scale to them and have a calm weighing experience.

If you’d like a quote with shipping right to your door or have any questions, please let us know.

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Radiant Heat Insulation Panels

Heating the concrete floor beneath your feet is a quiet and extremely efficient means of providing whole room warmth throughout your room. Floor insulation panels make sure the heat stays above ground and in your slab. Hydroponic heat can be simply installed and provide a warm and economical heating source for decades.

The insulating panels are made for use almost anywhere and are popular for use where concrete or gypcrete is normally installed: main living area slabs, basements, garages, and above-grade installations.

radiant floor heat insulation panel

Crete Heat Floor Insulation Panels

To keep your heat from being lost in the ground below, floor insulation is necessary. The Crete Heat Floor Panels offer a simple and effective barrier to reflect and retain heat on your floor.

The foam boards themselves measure 25″ x 49″ overall and are designed to link together to prevent movement and help with layout. They also keep them from moving when the cement is poured on top. The modular boards create a Lego-type design that holds the tubes in place. The knobs also protect the tubing from damage when walking on the panels or rolling over with a wheel barrel.

Floor Panel properties

The panel insulation is available in three different thicknesses and provides varying R-ratings. Not everyone requires the maximum R-15 insulating properties of the 3″ thick panels so ratings of 6 and 10 are also offered.

Properties of Floor Insulation

Thickness of the Insulation 3″ 2″ 1″
Total Overall Thickness 3-7/8″ 2-7/8″ 1-7/8″
Thermal Resistance R-15 R-10 R-6
Total Thickness 3 7/8″ 2 7/8″ 1 7/8″

Keeping the heat above the ground so it can warm the concrete above is important to maximize the heat sent to the slab. These panels keep the heat from dissipating into the ground and focus it upward where it’s needed, They’ll improve the heating of the floor surface by as much as 2/3!

Floor Heat Panel Installation

The insulating properties make these boards quickly pay for themselves but they also shine during installation. The pex knobs allow a single person to layout the tubing grid and protect the tubing while holding it in place during the pouring of cement. This feature frees up others and can produce tremendous savings in labor.

The raised knobs securely hold the PEX tubing in place and make laying out your design easy. You can immediately see how the heat source will be dispersed into the slab.

Each of the knobs uses 3″ centers so there is no guesswork on spacing and the pex won’t move when the cement is poured.  There is no taping or tube-piercing staples needed to secure the fluid-carrying tubes in place. Simply push them into place and they’re firmly held where you want them.

Pictures of the Installation Process


installing the pex tubing into the floor insulation panelsfloor heat panels holding pex tubing 
 floor heat panels with pex tubing layout  pouring cement on top of the floor insulation panels

When installing a radiant floor heating system, be sure to include floor insulation panels. They’ll not only save money and pay for themselves over time, but their ability to make the tubing layout simple and secure during installation can’t be over-valued!

If you’d like a quote with shipping for your project, just let us know and we’ll be happy to forward one for your review.

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