Frequently Asked Questions

Please browse through our frequently asked questions to find answers to any of your questions relating to our website.

Company

Company: How many years have you been in business?

Armour Companies has been in the aluminum horse stall manufacturing business for 23 years. Armour Iron & Aluminum, Inc. was originated but we decided to change the name when we elimated iron products from our product line.

Company: What are your Office Hours?

Monday – Thursday 8 am – 5 pm, Friday 8 am – 4:30 pm, Saturday 9 am – 2 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Discounts

Discounts: Do you have a builder discount?

YES – We give it to everyone who calls or places an order. NO – We sell to ALL the public at the SAME FAIR PRICE and provide the same measure of HIGH QUALITY to ALL!

Distributorship

Distributorship: Do you have distributors?

NO – We sell to ALL the public at the SAME FAIR PRICE and provide the same measure of HIGH QUALITY to ALL!

General

General: What products do you offer?

You can view our product list by visiting the Products page. Click here…

Products

Divider Grills

Divider Grilles: What is a stall divider, divider grille or divider partition?

Armour defines the wall between two stalls, a stall divider. The stall divider can be solid lumber installed into “u” channels or what Armour calls receiver channels. Or a stall divider can have a divider grille, which is the section of bars that sits above the lower dividing partition wall. The lower dividing partition wall can be constructed also using “u” channels/receiver channels. You do not need receiver channel were you intend to put up a stall divider grille. You will need a header board above the stall divider grille, you can purchase short header receiver channels for the installation of this board. Header Receiver Channels are available in 5.5” or 7.5”.

Dutch Doors

Dutch Doors: Can Dutch Doors be used for tack and feed room doors?

You can use Dutch Door for tack and feed, you might also try one of our Double Dutch Not Split Doors, as they look like a Dutch door, but they are not split in the center. The non split door, has only one latch/handle and is sometimes preferred over the double latching door. Please be advised these doors do not have a locking mechanism, they only latch.

Dutch Doors: What is a "dutch door"?

A Dutch Door is a hinged door in which the top and bottom open independently from one another. They are typically used in the back of a horses stall to allow the equine to hang their head out or to encourage airflow into a stall.

End Barn Doors

End Barn Doors: Do you have “end of the barn” doors or overhead doors?

We manufacture sliding end barn door frames, two per opening or connect them to make one sliding door panel. The frames are made so you can install your own 2” x 6” tongue and groove lumber, once the track in leveled and the frames are hung. The advantage to using the frame is you can replace the lumber, if a board starts to look unappealing. Additional advantages are low shipping cost and easy labor to install, since multi-man crews are unnecessary.

Foaling Stalls

Foaling Stalls: I would like to have a larger stall for foaling. Can I take out a panel and make a "foaling stall"?

When you use the receiver channel or “u” channels between two stalls, you can easily slide the lumber out of the channel and convert one standard stall to a larger foaling stall. If you intend to build a stall for future foaling situations, using a grille above the lumber divider wall, you can remove the grille to enlarge the stall by dismantling 8-12 wood lags and removing the two piece grille. Grilles over 8’0” in length arrive in two pieces for easier installation and dismantling.

General: My product arrived damaged or was lost, who should I contact?

Damage or Loss – Items damaged may be returned at the time of delivery upon YOUR notation of damaged goods on the delivery receipt, BEFORE THE DRIVER LEAVES YOUR PREMISES. Armour Companies will file a claim and replace damaged goods upon your notation and the return of all damaged goods. Lost items should also be noted on the delivery receipt at time of shipment acceptance and a claim should be filed by you, the customer, within 15 business days to protect claim status.

General: What products do you offer?

You can view our product list by visiting the Products page. Click here…

Stall Fronts

Stall Fronts: Do you make custom stall front grilles, divider grilles and window grilles?

YES! Armour understands, not everyone builds a 12 x12 stall or a 10 x 10 stall. Armour also understands sometimes a 12’ stall isn’t 12’ square. So we manufacture our grille products to fit your individual situation. Give us a call or send us a size request. 800-876-7706 or info@armourcompanies.com

Stall Fronts: Do you offer different style stall fronts?

Yes, we off different stall fronts, that is why each component is sold separately. For example doors are separate from grille lengths. A minor change in style to the stall front can be made by choosing a stall door with one of our various aluminum or lumber combinations. An elaborate and stylish stall front can be constructed using Armour’s Emissary Stalls or Story Panel Stall Fronts.

Stall Fronts: I want to buy the whole stall front, what do I need?

We manufacture and sell front panels and each component separately. It is most economical if you provide three vertical posts across the front of each stall. If you prefer not to do posts because you want a “panel front” you will still need vertical posts and a concrete aisle surface to attach the panel to.

Stall Fronts: What is a F.A.D. Feeder Access Door?

A Feeder Access Door or F.A.D. is a hinge-less, latch-less feed opening 2’0” wide and the full height of the grille you order. We recommend if your stall door is off to one end of the stall front, put the Feeder Access Door on the opposing corner or opposite end of the stall front. If your stall door is centered, then you may want to put the Feeder Access Door on the right end of the grille on the right, or the left end of the grille on the left. (The side is based on standing outside the stall in facing the front of the stall.)

Customers

General: Are your products covered by a warranty?

Armour Gates, Incorporated and/or Armour Companies, LLC will warranty Armour’s manufactured components for one year from the date of the purchase. Armour Companies will inspect for replacement or repair to any of their aluminum components found to be defective either in materials or workmanship after our inspection. Items must be authorized for return by an Armour Companies Representative and assigned a return authorization number. Returned products must be shipped in an approved container or banded on the products original pallet. Freight is to be prepaid by the customer for both inbound and outbound deliveries. Normal wear, damage caused by neglect, abuse or improper operation are all items not covered by the warranty. Lumber products have no warranty. This warranty does not extend beyond what is stated herein and no other warranties, liabilities, or any other guarantees apply either written or expressed.

General: Do I need a contractor?

You do not need a contractor. We provide components for contractors as well as “do-it-yourselfers” and Armour will assist in the installation of its products every step of the way.

General: Do I need posts?

Yes and No. You will need to have a post at each corner of the stall. We recommend a 6” x 6” lumber post to keep your cost per stall down. If you prefer aluminum posts we supply those upon request. Additionally, you will need to provide a post or two posts for the doorway. One if the door is off to one end of the stall front and two if the door is centered. See further down the page for how to build a horse stall.

General: How difficult are your stalls to set up?

Easy, once you have your posts and lumber walls in place, Armour stall components are shipped to you assembled with an installation manual and 800 toll free number for installation assistance. On average two men can set up a front door and grille in 30 minutes or less. Level track, insert trolley, fasten latch and stay roller, approximately 6-10 lags for the grille installation and you’re done!

General: How do I know what lumber to buy?

You will need a 6” x 6” post at each corner of the stall and an additional post for the doorway. Keep in mind adjoining stalls share common posts, so you don’t need to double up on them!
Then for each 4’0” high stall wall you will need to calculate nine 2” x 6” boards to achieve your 4’0” height.

Likewise if you need to achieve an 8’0” high wall you will need eighteen 2” x 6” boards.

The lumber length is determined by the length of the wall you want to achieve.

Lumber is sold usually in 8’0”, 10’0”, 12’0” sometimes 14’0” or over is a special order. Special orders can be placed at Home Depot or Lowes.

If you have questions please call one of our knowledgeable staff at 800-876-7706.

General: I want to buy the whole stall front, what do I need?

We manufacture and sell each component separate, your stall front consists of a sliding door or hinged gate, stall front grille with or without feeder access door, receiver channel to slide the lumber wall into, header channels to mount the front grille and door track, and posts. You may provide the lumber end posts, door post and stall front wall and only require a door and front grille. Give us a call we’ll explain how to save you money.

General: What Armour Components do I need to construct a 10’ x 10’ stall?

One stall door, you choose! The hardware is included in the price of the stall doors, as we know you can’t hang the doors without the hardware, so our philosophy is: Why sell them separate?

Once you have your posts in place measure the distance between the post and send the measurement, we’ll make it for you at no additional cost! Prefer a standard size? Try one of our 5’0”, 5’1”, 5’3”, or 5’6” grilles. Choose one here. Don’t forget your Feeder Access Door, we will manufacture it into your grille. Just tell us you want a F.A.D.

If you would like to insert your stall lumber into “u” channel (receiver channel) please use this formula: Solid 8’ high lumber stall walls require 4 “u” channels or two sets. Half grilled stall walls require 2 “u” channels or one set and the divider grille (order below). Order receiver “u” channels here. If you can’t figure it out, or don’t want to figure it out, give us a call and let us do the figuring!

If you want a half grilled divider wall, choose only two receiver channel (for below the grille) and the length grille required. We make them standard in any 6” increment or to the nearest 1/8” upon request for no additional cost.

Unlike other companies that will try to sell you a wall stiffener, we’ll tell you, you can use a 1” x 4” lumber board and run it vertically down the center of a stall wall, it is used to strengthen up the wall and keep boards from curving. If you are interested in purchasing one in aluminum, we’d be happy to provide it for you.

General: What Armour Components do I need to construct a 12’ x 12’ stall?

One stall door, you choose! The hardware is included in the price of the stall doors, as we know you can’t hang the doors without the hardware, so our philosophy is: Why sell them separate?

Once you have your posts in place measure the distance between the post and send the measurement, we’ll make it for you at no additional cost! Prefer a standard size? Try one of our 7’0”, 7’1”, 7’3”, or 7’6” grilles. Choose one here. Don’t forget your Feeder Access Door, we will manufacture it into your grille. Just tell us you want a F.A.D.

If you would like to insert your stall lumber into “u” channel (receiver channel) please use this formula: Solid 8’ high lumber stall walls require 4 “u” channels or two sets. Half grilled stall walls require 2 “u” channels or one set and the divider grille (order below). Order receiver “u” channels here. If you can’t figure it out, or don’t want to figure it out, give us a call and let us do the figuring!

If you want a half grilled divider wall, choose only two receiver channel (for below the grille) and the length grille required. We make them standard in any 6” increment or to the nearest 1/8” upon request for no additional cost.

Unlike other companies that will try to sell you a wall stiffener, we’ll tell you, you can use a 1” x 4” lumber board and run it vertically down the center of a stall wall, it is used to strengthen up the wall and keep boards from curving. If you are interested in purchasing one in aluminum, we’d be happy to provide it for you.

General: What does "Assembled" mean?

The doors and grilles arrive with all the bars welded, lumber installed (when specified) and the best heavy duty hardware is included.

General: What if I don't have stall posts?

Armour can provide each corner post & door posts upon request, please note a concrete footer or floor must be present.

General: Where can I find some customer testimonials?

You can view our many customer testimonials list by visiting the Testimonies page. Click here

Renovation

Renovation: Do you make custom grilles to fit my existing barn?

Yes, we can accommodate any size grille you require, send us your measurements! We are affordable, so don’t be scared to inquire… we’ll surprise you!

Renovation: What do I do if I am renovating an old barn?

Send us a sketch of they layout you have with what existing size posts you have or what size openings you are trying to fill and we will explain how to achieve attractive non rusting stalls that are custom made to fit your openings. Don’t want custom, we’ll tell you how to fit the standard product size in!

Building Stalls & Construction

Building Stalls & Construction: How do I build a horse stall?

Many individuals are often unsure where to begin when building interior horse stalls. The lumber post and wall method is the most sturdy and economical. First you must decide the quantity and size of each stall. Then you must consider the lumber type, the cost per board and then arrive with some kind of board count. The final step to completing your horse stalls is purchasing stall components that will ventilate, brighten and withstand your equines, as well as time.

The quantity of stalls plays a large part in the cost of equine housing, an economical way to construct stalls that will not have to be replaced or maintain frequently is important. If your barn is already built, the quantity of stalls will depend on the size of your barn. If you have a 48′ x 36′ barn, you will have enough room to put four stalls on each side of a 12′ center aisle-way. A standard size stall is 12′ x 12′, 10′ x 10′ or 10′ x 12′ while foaling or birthing stalls are 12′ x 24′, 10′ x 20″. Miniature stalls are typically 6′ x 10′, 8′ x 10′, 6′ x 12′ or 8′ x 12′. But a good stall component manufacturer should be able to accommodate any size stall requirement. Once you have decided how many stalls you can accommodate or need, decide on lumber type, count and cost.

The lumber type used in stalls is commonly 2″ x 6″ tongue and groove, depending on the region you live and availability, Southern Yellow Pine is a light in color, hearty lumber and commonly used. The Pines, Cyprus and Cedars are the more economical lumbers vs. Red Oaks, Cherries and Mahogonies which tend to be priced much higher.

Each stall requires a post at every corner and an additional post 4′ over from one end across the front of each stall. When placing stalls in a row, see chart for post quantity below. We recommend corner post be 6″ x 6″ and the doorway post can be a 6″ x 6″, 6″ x 4″, or a 4″ x 4″. Please keep in mind when purchasing lumber, a 6″ x 6″ post bought at a building supply store, like Home Depot or Lowes, are usually 5.5″ x 5.5″ and a 4″ x 4″ post is 3.5″ x 3.5″ likewise a 6″ x 4″ post is actually 5.5″ x 3.5″

Number of Stalls in a Row

 

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Number of Corner Posts
6″ x 6″ 

4
6
8
10
12
14
16
18

Number of Door Posts
6″ x 6″, 6″ x 4″, 4″ x 4″ 

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

Once you have chosen how many stalls in a row you will have, add the number of corner posts to the number of door posts and that will be the number of posts you need to purchase. Double the number of posts needed if you have a center aisle barn. For instance a barn with 8 stalls in a row will have 18 corner posts and 8 door posts for a total of 26 posts. A 16 stall barn with 8 stalls on each side will require 36 corner posts and 16 door posts.

So your post count for a 16 stall barn might look like this:
36 Corner Posts at 6″ x 6″ x 12′
16 Door Posts at 6″ x 4″ x 12′ (Remember door posts can also be 6″x 6″x12′, 4″x 4″x12′)

As of August 1, 2006:
6″ x 6″ x 12′ Posts Pressure Treated $41.00 each, Rough Cut Cedar $130.00 each
6″ x 4″ x 12′ Posts Pressure Treated $27.00 each, Rough Cut Cedar $74.00 each
4″ x 4″ x 12′ Posts Pressure Treated $17.00 each, Rough Cut Cedar $44.00 each

It is recommended posts be at least 12′ in length with three feet secured in concrete and 9′ above your ground surface. As previously mentioned, the stall front should have a post at each end approximately 10′-12′ apart and an additional door post (6″ x 6″, 6″ x 4″, 4″ x 4″) should be placed 4′ over from one end. By placing the additional post 4′ over from one end, you are designating the doorway or walkthrough area.

Once you have installed your corner and door posts, you can construct the stall front wall by fastening your horizontal tongue and groove boards directly to the end post and door post. You may want to fasten the lumber directly to the post’s edge, except when attaching lumber to a dividing post. When fastening to a dividing post, remember the horizontal lumber of two stalls will occupy and attach to the common post, so you will have to split the fastening area of the posts’ face.

Once you have completed constructing the stall front walls, you can continue similarly with the end, dividing, and back walls. Begin constructing end and back walls by fastening lumber directly to the exterior of the posts. Interior lumber mounting is also an option for end and back walls. Dividing partitions can be assembled using receiver channel. Receiver Channel is a “U” shaped channel that you center-mount between two dividing stall posts. Once channel is mounted lumber can be inserted to construct any height dividing wall. Receiver Channel is commonly used between stalls, when a future foaling stall is desired.

The following calculation will provide you with the accurate count of lumber to fill the stall door.

In order to get an accurate count of how many horizontal tongue and groove boards you will need, decide which stall walls will have 4’0″ walls with 4’0″ grilles and how many will be 8’0″ solid walls. It is common that back and end walls are solid and dividing and front walls are prepared 4’0″ high. A barn with 8 stalls in one row will have eight solid back walls, two solid end walls, eight half front walls and seven half partition walls. It takes approximately nine 6″ boards to build a wall 4′, please note you will have to rip one board to achieve a 4’0″ stall wall and eighteen 6″ boards to achieve an 8’0″ height. Multiply the number of solid walls by eighteen [(8+2)18=180] and multiply the number of half walls by nine [(8+7)9= 135], then add the sum of numbers (180+135=) and this will give you the total number of boards (315) necessary to construct all the stall walls. Please note: If you are building 8 stalls on either side of a center aisle, you will want to double, 315, for the total number (630) of tongue and groove boards for 16 stalls.

When purchasing lumber and posts it is suggested to check all the Safety Data Sheets on the lumber before purchasing. These sheets can be provided to you at the counter of your local lumber supply company. Safety Data Sheets will tell you if the lumber you are buying is safe for animals.

Once you have considered lumber type, count and cost, it is best to find a stall manufacturer that will accommodate your stall needs. Armour Companies manufactures quality aluminum products that promote ventilation, illumination and visibility while streamlining price and installation. Armour provides the products that you want with the hardware that you need for one reasonable price. No additional fastener or hardware kits to purchase. Also, Armour manufactures grilles to custom lengths at no additional cost, ships products to your residence, assembles products before shipment and pre-drills products for installation.

Shipping

Shipping: Can I pick the freight up at the terminal?

Yes, If you live near a freight terminal, and it is more convenient, you have the option of picking your freight up at the delivering city terminal.

Shipping: Can you ship to my place of business?

If it is more convenient for our carrier to deliver during normal business hours and you can arrange to unload the freight at work via forklift or other, we would be happy to assist in forwarding the order to your business.

Shipping: Do you ship out of state or international?

Yes, we ship nationally and internationally.

Shipping: Do you ship to my house, farm or construction site?

Yes, we ship directly to your home, farm or construction site. Our carriers offer specific date and time delivery, unloading and “carry in” services. Additional Fees Apply.

Shipping: What do I do if I have damage?

BEFORE THE DELIVERING CARRIER LEAVES YOUR PREMISES, record your findings (loss or damage) on the delivery receipt, then call Armour Gates at 800-876-7706 and we will assist in filing a claim for possible, partial, or total recovery.

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Fax 386.740.9077