Grit Salt Storage
The problem with storing salt is that, by its very nature, it’s pretty corrosive stuff. Plus environmental conditions can result in the salt forming a crust or lodging itself into lumps, so your carefully collected salt can quickly become unusable. With large amounts of money required to construct a salt storage building, you want to get it right!
At JP Concrete, we recommend creating a bespoke salt barn for storing large amounts of salt. You can build these with retaining walls then use stretched canvas over a steel frame to protect the salt from the elements.
The roof can be pitched or domed to allow you maximum storage space and our precast retaining walls can be manufactured up to 3,200mm high, creating a spacious and hard-wearing salt storage option.
So, when it comes to choosing precast concrete for your salt barn, what are the options……?
Perhaps the most popular option, precast retaining walls are extremely durable and cast off site to minimise your construction lead time. We supply L-shaped precast walls that can be cast into a new concrete floor slab (which is preferable) or bolted on to an existing concrete base.
The reason that the cast-in products are so popular is the lack of exposed fixings. These are usually made from steel and therefore at risk of corrosion from contact with the salt. But, if your project demands it, we’re happy to supply bolt-down units with stainless steel fixings, which are as resistant to the salt as you’re going to get.
You can store salt on either side of your precast retaining walls and, depending on the height of your salt barn, an additional surcharge can be applied.
These panels combine with steel frames to create a strong, cost-effective option. We can supply panels to your specifications and they can be aligned with ease, thanks to their tongue and groove fittings.
If you don’t want to use steel frames, we can supply vertical cantilever panels which are embedded into concrete foundations and tied to floor slabs. Steel cradles are set into a foundation trench to support the base of the panel while they’re being levelled. They’re then tied into place and concrete is poured into the trench to create a neat join.
The flexibility of these freestanding walls makes them popular where versatile storage options are required. You don’t need to lay any foundation work as these durable walls rely on their weight to stand strong (although they can be fixed down if necessary).
Freestanding walls can be manufactured to your height specifications and they’re made with recesses to the base so that you can shift them around with a forklift according to your project’s needs.
If the amount of salt you’re storing is likely to fluctuate, freestanding retaining walls are your best bet. Plus, if you only need to store salt temporarily, you can use the freestanding walls in other, future projects.
If you want your salt storage option to be temporary, Lego blocks are another great way to create the space you need without any foundation work. They’re just as durable and cost-effective as other precast concrete products, but they allow you to be far more specific with your construction.
We can supply Lego blocks in any size you require, or you can order our ready-made standard blocks. The only issue with using concrete Lego blocks is that care must be taken not to overload them. If you’re likely to be storing a lot of salt, you are better off using precast retaining walls or panels. Feel free to ask for our advice on this.
We work with a fantastic company called Toro Corporation who manufacture extremely high-quality, robust steel frames and fabric covers which complement our precast products perfectly. The tensioned fabric structure provides unrivalled protection for salt storage, plus it’s one of the most cost-effective ways to cover a structure.
What’s more, this route is unbelievably speedy when compared to conventional structures. We’ve worked with ToroCorp on many projects already and our customers are always surprised – and thrilled – at how rapidly the whole thing comes together.
You can see an example of a completed salt storage building that we completed for Bedfordshire Council in our projects area.
Your salt storage project
If you’re not sure which option is best for your project, it’s always worth getting some expert advice. Our friendly team is always happy to help, so why not give them a call on 0115 895 0965? We’ll talk through the options with you and provide impartial advice on the best routes to take.