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Salt Barns & Winter Road Salt Storage

Toro is the No.1 Salt Barn & Salt Storage Building supplier in the UK

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We are the UK No.1 Salt Barn Provider

High quality salt barns are imperative for winter road salt protection.

Our experienced Engineering Team works with the latest analytical software and techniques. Therefore our engineers are able to ensure the safest and most economical salt barns and salt storage solutions.

Local Authorities and Councils need to have enough salt to grit roads during the winter season. Consequently, Toro Shelters has been working tirelessly with Councils and contractors to design and build, high-quality, robust and economical structures.

Toro is a Consulting Associate Member of the NWSRG – National Winter Service Research Group. Accordingly, our company assists the members of the group to adhere to industry best practice to store road salt.

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A Wide Range of Salt Barns – Large High Capacity to Small Tactical Stores

No two salt barns are the same. However, Toro is able to draw on the experienced gained by years of building salt barns. To that end, we build salt barns using standard designs that are tried and tested. We take these standard designs and adapt them to meet our client’s requirements. Please take some time to visit our salt barn gallery below.

Where large volumes of salt require storage our design team will work with you to optimise the footprint. Space becomes more scarce with time. Consequently, it is important to store your required road salt in a small space as possible. Our Sales Team will be happy to calculate your spatial requirements for you.

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The Challenge of Winter Road Salt Storage – Environmental Compliance

Winter road salt storage presents challenges for councils and highways agencies. Firstly, to store road salt appropriately there is the need to comply with the Environment Agency (EA) or Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) guidelines. Secondly, unprotected salt piles lose up to 20% of their volume annually proving to be a costly mistake. Finally, there is the need to comply with industry standards to ensure the safety of employees and the general public. Therefore Toro Shelters have developed the knowledge, experience and skill set to assist you in full turnkey solutions for salt barns and winter road salt storage.

Image result for Eurocode frame buildingsToro’s engineers design our salt barns in accordance with Eurocode design standards. Additionally, they are compliant with British Standard BS EN 1090-1. For any storage solution, we supply CE marked steel which mean our road salt storage products are safe and last a lifetime.

Toro’s philosophy ensures safety and quality. Accordingly, we design structures in line with CDM regulations. As a result, we provide full structural safety for every salt barn from the earliest stage of development.

We reduce risk during the manufacturing and installation stages of the build. As a consequence, Toro’s operational staff carry out 80% of the structural assembly at ground level.`

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Unprotected salt diminishes stock by as much as 20% per year. Salt loss is costly. Unprotected salt allows concentrated salt leachate to escape into the environment. Sadly, flora and fauna are damaged by leachate. The UK’s environment agencies are tasked with preventing such eventualities. Toro closely follows the agency advice to understand and reduce our client’s risk.

Image result for nwsrgToro is an Industry Member of the National Winter Service Research Group (NWSRG). The NWSRG is the authority on highways winter maintenance. The group recommends salt barns as the best way to store road salt.  NWSRG research shows, correctly storing salt greatly increases its condition and ease of use. Therefore, using salt barns ensures salt is compliant with regulations and the standards set down in BS 3247:2011.

Moisture content is the most important factor in obtaining high-quality road salt. Therefore, using a salt barn is the most effective way of controlling moisture.

winter roadsToro’s salt storage buildings are designed to offer a safe and comfortable working environment. For example, to improve access sufficient circulation space is designed in and around the structure. Further, we include concrete retaining walls (push walls) to increase the salt barn capacity. Therefore, inspection, maintenance and repair access is safe and easy.

Additionally, Toro Shelters makes the covers from the highest quality fabric available. As a result our fabric complies with all relevant fire regulations. Equally, as the fabric structure cladding is fire resistant, flames do not propagate or cause burning droplets to fall and it is self-extinguishing. Furthermore our frames are made from high-grade galvanised steel. Consequently, steel-work last a lifetime and do not corrode. They will not readily fail or rot like other materials, such as timber or steel cladding.

If you’re unsure on anything at all please call us. Our friendly team can offer advice at any stage of your project. Therefore, feel free to sound us out with a quick call or email.
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Toro is an award-winning company. We consistently deliver the highest levels of innovation, quality and service in the industry.

A Toro Salt Barn will mitigate risk

NWSRG research clearly shows road salt is best covered, therefore protecting salt in a salt barn is the only way to ensure your road salt is in the best possible condition.

The risk of insufficient road salt for winter service is unimaginable. Further, having sufficient salt in poor condition hinders the process of spreading salt, but it is avoidable. For example, the moisture content of stored road salt is critical and the target or Optimum moisture content (OMC) is between 1.5-4%.

Toro Shelters have a deep understanding of how to create the right conditions for salt storage. Firstly, the exact OMC is dependent on the nature of the salt delivered. Secondly, where the ratio of fines in the salt pile is high, it is better to have an OMC higher than 4%. Consequently, wetter salt stops the fines blowing away or being inaccurately spread. Equally, if the road salt is normal and wetter than the OMC the following will tend to occur:

  • Tunnelling in the spreader hopper.
  • Caking of salt stockpiles.
  • Leaching from salt stockpiles.
  • Poor salt distribution – areas of carriageway under or over salted.
  • Rain on uncovered salt piles create dangerous sink or swallow holes.
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The Toro 20 Year Guarantee

A Toro Shelters salt storage barn is intelligently engineered minimising the use of materials. Additionally, all of our Winter Road Salt Storage facilities are built to sustain high snow and wind loads and are designed to last a life-time, backed by Toro’s 20 year warranty.

Toro structures are the best solution for a salt barn. They have a high-quality galvanised steel framework. In addition they are covered using an ultra tough, UV stabilised PVC composite membrane. Similarly, this means the cladding is cost effective. Additionally it is impervious to attack from salt. It is also quick and easy to repair if damaged by operators. Above all our buildings will last a lifetime unlike other types of salt barn that are susceptible to rust, fire, rot or not fit for purpose.

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A Toro speciality, the humble Salt Barn, is where we have industry leading experience and know how. Consequently the Toro team has gained an unprecedented level of experience installing winter road salt storage facilities across Northern Europe.

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