WHAT YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT HORSE FLOAT FLOORING
Horse float flooring is as important as the horse float because it contributes to the health and safety of your horse. When you fail to select the strongest and highly durable flooring, your horse is susceptible to hazards and accidents that could endanger its life or even cause death. Without a doubt, there have been reports of horse float failures that have been the cause of serious and fatal injuries to horses. This emphasises the need to choose a Imperial float sold in Queensland and throughout Australia and by Stirling Floats, as the Qld agents for Imperial Floats.
We only sell the best quality, and it is a wise move to purchase an Imperial which is backed with a five year structural warranty.
Types of Horse Float Flooring
There are four main types of horse float flooring, these include aluminium, treated timber, rumber flooring and fibreglass.
Aluminum Flooring : -
Aluminum flooring is believed to be the worst type of horse float flooring. It may provide a fast solution for flooring; hence, little attention is paid to its durability. Small effort goes into the production and it is also inexpensive (which is the only benefit).
It also produces a lot of heat, vibration and noise and can easily provide discomfort for your horse. This metal is highly conductive and corrosive, horses are most likely to be inconvenienced on the trip. Why spend money on something that provides little or no value? Horse urine provides negative effects on the metal and will soon corrode.
Treated Timber Flooring : -
Treated timber offers reduced heat, noise and vibration and can be long lasting if it is well maintained. More so, when the mats are well cared for and not exposed to moisture, the timber has a greater chance of beating the argument that wood rots quicker. The major downside to this is that untreated wood can eventually rot once horse urine touches it and begins to pass through the mat. Treated timber is a better option and to maintain this, you must always ensure you rinse and dry the mats when the horse urinate.
Fibreglass Flooring : -
Fibreglass is a superior flooring material. This is the best choice when it comes to flooring as it withstands high process temperatures, has high impact and compression capabilities, the panels will not rot or delaminate. It is also very lightweight but extremely strong and has excellent adhesion and mechanical properties with chemical and water resistance. It is also compatible with all types of composite manufacturing techniques.
Imperial Pty Ltd (our partnership company) have been testing fibreglass flooring for more than 6 years and it is used throughout their entire range of floats. On top of the fibreglass, we include a 10mm hammer top rubber non slip mat and anti-slip batons on the ramp which may it so much easier to keep clean. The thickness of this rubber significantly reduces heat transfer, vibration and noise. It is maintenance free and durable, and allows you to maximize the flooring material for many years. This product is so easy to maintain, you won’t ever regret making an investment in a Riviera float.Stirling Floats are agents who provide Imperial Horse Floats to clients across Queensland. All our horse floats are designed with honeycomb fibreglass flooring to protect your horses, reduce risks and make your next trip stress free.