The top four concrete products used for protecting grain

If you run a farm, chances are you’re more than aware about how you should store your grain properly. Getting the structure right in your grain store is absolutely crucial, especially if you’re looking to store a number of crops and need to create divisions between them.

But when it comes to grain storage buildings, UK farm owners are also up against the unpredictable weather which can impact on the quality or life span of their crops. Grain in particular needs to be stored in the right environment. The storage facility needs to be dry, kept at a low, regulated temperature and should have the right amount of airflow.

With this in mind, it will come as no surprise that purpose-built grain stores are the most effective way to ensure that your grain is protected and will last for long periods of time.

While you can build your grain storage building from a number of different materials, we always recommend that you opt for concrete. Not only is concrete cost effective and easy to use, it can also help to protect your crops from adverse weather conditions, increasing its life span and profitability.

When it comes to grain storage buildings, design is critical. The best thing you can do before you begin building a grain storage unit, is to decide exactly how big you need it to be, with how many divisions and what sort of layout. If you carefully plan and design your unit before you get to work, the chances are you’ll end up with a storage unit that’ll work for you.

Creating the right grain storage is absolutely essential so we’ve put together this handy guide on which concrete products we believe are the most effective products to use for grain storage.

 

L-shape retaining walls

Perfect for grain storage, these units can be either bolted to an existing concrete base or cast into a concrete floor slab, depending on your structure. You can store grain on either side of these units, making them a useful addition to any storage unit.

 

Prestressed concrete panels

Here at JP Concrete, we supply and manufacture a wide range of prestressed concrete panels. The panels come in a range of thicknesses, lengths and heights and when installed alongside a steel frame, these panels can be clipped to the inside face of the steel, creating a watertight finish. This means that your crops get instant protection from water leakage or wind.

We usually recommend using a thickness of 150mm with our prestressed concrete panels but we can custom make the panels up to 280mm in thickness if your project calls for it.

 

Freestanding retaining walls

If you’re storing multiple crops on site, you’ll want to ensure that you keep them separate from one another. Using freestanding retaining walls is a fantastic way of dividing crops and, since they don’t require any groundwork, they are easy to install. Although freestanding retaining walls do not need to be fixed down, if your structure requires a little extra security, you can fix the retaining walls to the ground if needed.

 

Interlocking concrete blocks

Concrete lego blocks are an effective alternative to using freestanding retaining walls. One of the main advantages about using concrete lego blocks for grain storage is that they do not require any groundwork to be done and can be moved around fairly easily.

This is a great option if you’re looking to create storage quickly or for a temporary solution. The blocks are easily to install and can be locked together. Once in place, these blocks are strong enough to withhold heavy loads and are a fantastic solution if you’re looking to divide your crops effectively on site.

We hope that this guide has helped you to decide which concrete products you should use for your grain storage but if you have any questions, just get in touch with one of our specialists.

Our JP Concrete team members are experienced in using concrete products for grain storage and can help you to make a decision. Give us a call on 01158 220 282 and see how investing in a few low-cost concrete products can have a positive impact on your crop sales.