If you would like to recreate and/or reconstruct an old-time flour mill on a flat piece of land, then you will definitely need a contractor's help. It starts with milling processes of a different sort--concrete and pavement milling. Here is how the milling contractor can help you get this dream of yours going.
Milling the Bare Ground
Lumpy land is not good for any building you plan to build. The milling contractor would use his or her machines to level the ground by ripping up any mounds or lumps along the way. It almost looks like a special tilling machine, but much wider, larger and more powerful than most tillers you may have seen. Once the total surface area of the ground has been milled and flattened, then the milling contractor and his or her crew moves on to concrete slabs for your floor.
The Threshing Floor Is Slabbed Concrete
A threshing floor in your reconstructed flour mill is all concrete slabs. For that, you will need the milling contractor to lay concrete. Generally, the contractor will put down a layer of aggregate over the newly-milled earth, and then pour concrete over the top of that. The concrete may be raked or rolled by some more specialty machines in the milling contractor's fleet before being left to dry and cure.
Making Sure the Newly-Paved Floor Is Level
Before your construction contractor comes in to begin building the walls and grinding mills for your antique mill reproduction, the (pavement) milling contractor will make sure that the floor he or she just installed on the milled ground is level and flat. If it is not level and flat, other construction issues may follow. The pavement milling contractor may have rip up some or all of the floor his/her crew just laid, using some of the same equipment that milled the ground and made it level enough to accept the aggregate and the concrete. Then the floor (in part or in its entirety) are reinstalled and retested for levelness/flatness.
Creating Walkways or a Driveway for Your Mill
The work of the milling contractor does not stop with floors. If you want and/or need a driveway or walkway up to your recreated and reconstructed flour mill, the pavement miller will help create and install these features as well. If you want to keep this as authentic as possible, dirt paths and driveways or just aggregate without concrete is as close to the original mills of old as you can get. Call a business, such as Surf Prep, for more information.