View Full Version : Steel Mesh or Wood Floor?

03-25-2004, 11:09 AM
getting ready to buy a 6X12 utility trailer. should i get steel mesh or wood floor?

MR. Nomo
03-25-2004, 11:12 AM
If your worried about weight you might want togo with mesh. If you want longjevity go with wood.

The mesh will sag and welds and metal will break over time.


03-25-2004, 11:20 AM
Wood. Can't shovel mulch and debris off of mesh and some types of debris may fall through the floor. Mesh works fine if you do not do mulching or cleanups, etc. and if it has suffecient support spacing and the mesh is thick enough the sagging will not be a problem. I'd vote wood though. I just rebuilt my trailer and used mesh for the sides (12" tall) and treated lumber for the floor. It's good setup for me.

Eric 1
03-25-2004, 12:37 PM
Yes wood here two.

03-25-2004, 01:56 PM
yes go with wood for sure. I had a mesh bottom and after one year i had to weild in several angle iron studs and re-weild the floor.

03-25-2004, 03:12 PM
I vote wood, also for all of the reasons mentioned above. Twice a year, I make it a point to treat the floor on my trailer with Thompson's Water Seal for added longevity.

03-25-2004, 03:49 PM
If you go with wood avoid pine. It will not more than about 4 years due to rot & weathering. Recommend apitong(relative of mahgony) if you can afford it. It a heavy hard wood that has so much resin it is naturally waterproof and termite resistant.
We have trailers we've redecked with apitong and don't show much sign of wear after 8 years non treated. If you use apitong install boards with no gaps; as tight as they'll fit. Within a few months about a 1/4" gap will appear between boards as they dry.

03-26-2004, 08:12 PM
I'm going with the wood also.......

lawn perfection
04-01-2004, 10:10 AM
Go with the wood, easy to replace the floor after it gets bad. Easy to haul mulch etc.

04-05-2004, 09:35 PM
I agree that wood is the way to go. I wonder if you could replace the wood with that new deck-building material that's made of rubber and other composit?

04-05-2004, 09:37 PM
I did that on a trailer. The problem is that it is significantly heavier then dimensional lumber. It was noticeably heavier towing the empty trailer.

04-05-2004, 09:42 PM
Wood for sure....I learned the hard way..

04-07-2004, 01:17 AM
I have diamond plate floor which is great i can dirt or whatever without a problem. Its much lighter than wood and will last a lifetime.

04-07-2004, 09:56 AM
moneyman do you have any problems with traction either on mowers or by walking on it? especially when its wet?

04-11-2004, 04:51 AM
It can get slick if wet. But i dont have problem when dry though. BTW I dont use ramps just the tilt feature.

04-17-2004, 01:18 PM
Go with the wood. It should have 2 inch instead of inch and one quarter.

Critical Care
04-18-2004, 12:35 AM
Sdwally, I'm not sure but I think that apitong was or is used in the flooring of freight cars. I bet that's what my neighbor picked up one day when they were dismantling some old railroad cars.

04-18-2004, 01:19 AM
Aluminum diamond plate.

Mines mesh covered with 1/2" plywood.

Lux Lawn
04-19-2004, 07:24 PM
I would go with the wood flooring.