With biosecurity advantages and the huge selling point of not absorbing moisture, Dwayne Job, owner of System Equine, sees the use of PVC in horse barns as a trend that will continue to gain popularity.
Job has been installing Polyvinyl Chloride panels in wash stalls, isolations stalls, tack rooms, feed rooms and ceilings for horse farm owners who report loving the quick clean up and low maintenance. “Nothing sticks to it,” says Job. “Cattle and hog barns have been using it for just over 30 years.”
In the past seven or eight years, horse owners have been learning the benefits of this easy to clean, non-porous material, with biosecurity top of mind. Communal areas, like wash stalls, are a breeze to wash down and disinfect. The material is more expensive than traditional wood but quicker and easier to install and then very low maintenance going forward with no need to stain or reseal every few years. It also will not rot making it a great alternative to the traditional wood in areas like tack rooms, feed rooms, any area where there is a sink. Job reiterates, “everyone knows there is a lot of moisture in horse barns.”
Listen to Dwayne compare PVC to wood and chat more about its installation and applications.
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Story by: Jackie Bellamy-Zions Equine Guelph
Photo(s): (images available upon request)
Photo caption: Dwayne Job, owner of System Equine talks about the growing popularity of PVC in horse barn construction
YouTube video or Dwayne Job talking about PVC: https://youtu.be/007jEDcBLlk
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