When grooving for a barn with a slatted floor, we recommend 1⁄2" wide grooves that are 1⁄4" in depth. This depth is to ensure no structural interference occurs when grooving on this type of floor.
Cross Slats vs. Long Slats
The recommended grooving pattern for a slatted floor is dependant on the direction of the slats. If the slats are facing length-wise, we suggest a "perfect diamond" pattern. If the slats are facing width-wise, we can cut the grooves in our traditional pattern.
Perfect Diamond Pattern
If the slats are facing length-wise, we suggest a "perfect diamond" pattern. This is where all grooves are cut on an angle to avoid interference with the slats. We avoid the use of length-wise grooves, to prevent the widening of the slats. This process takes more time than traditional grooving.
If the slats are facing width-wise, we can cut the grooves in our traditional pattern. This is done with grooves parallel to the alley, that are crossed by grooves angled slightly and pointing towards the centre.
Customers tell us that culling in grooved new barns can be reduced from an average 15% (without grooving) to less than 3% (with grooving)
GCG Diamond Grooving on Slatted Barn
Slatted floors rely mainly on surface texturing for traction. This type of flooring can lose traction after being worn down by hoof traffic and alley scrapers. Grooved concrete is the most durable solution for floor traction.