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Shed Bases and Top Tips for Optimal Installation

Setting up the perfect shed involves more than just choosing the right location. A sturdy shed base is crucial for ensuring durability, stability, and longevity. Let's dive into the details of shed bases and explore tips for selecting the best materials.

Choosing the Best Shed Base:

1. Concrete Slab: 

A concrete slab shed base is a solid foundation made of poured concrete to support and stabilize a shed. Before pouring the concrete, the ground must be cleared, leveled, and sometimes compacted. Gravel may be added for drainage.

  • Advantages: Provides a solid and long-lasting foundation. Resistant to pests and rot.
  • Tips: Ensure proper curing time before placing the shed on the slab. Use a damp-proof membrane to prevent moisture ingress.

2. Steel Foundation Kit

We currently offer Steel foundation kits which can be found in our "Shed Bases" page.
This comprises galvanised steel channels which assemble to give a foundation area. This should later be filled with concrete after first inserting a plastic sheet below to prevent dampness rising.

  • Advantages: Steel foundation kits offer unparalleled durability, ensuring a long-lasting and stable base for sheds. 
  • Tips: Prioritize proper leveling during installation to maximize the effectiveness of the steel foundation, preventing future structural issues.

2. Plastic Base Kit

We currently offer plastic shed base kits which can be found in our "Shed Bases" page. Manufactured from highly durable recycled plastic, these easy-to-install, strong, rot-free and weatherproof panels are easily interlocked without any additional fixings to create a base for any garden building.

  • Advantages: Lightweight, easy to install, and provides a stable surface. Enviornementally friendly.
  • Tips: Follow the manufacturer's instructions for proper assembly. Use a permeable membrane beneath for effective weed control. (Membrane option also available on this product)

6. Timber Floor Kit:

We currently offer timber floor kits which can be found in our "Shed Bases" page. 
Timber floor kits include pre-cut and pre-treated wooden components. Comprises fully pressure impregnated tongue & groove boards and bearers. Nails included for assembly, plus screws to fix the shed base rail to the top surface of the floor.

  • Advantages: Natural look, relatively easy to install, and cost-effective.
  • Tips: Apply a weather-resistant sealant to the timber components to enhance durability. Elevate the wood slightly to allow for ventilation.

7. Gravel Base:

You should consider using #57 stone or clean crusher run which is a multi-size gravel. #57 stone provides excellent drainage and very little settling.

  • Advantages:  Excellent drainage, cost-effective, and allows for flexibility.
    Enviornementally friendly.
  • Tips: Ensure proper alignment and depth during installation to maximize the stability of the anchors, providing a reliable foundation for your shed. 

8. Hammer Screw Anchor Kit:

We currently offer hammer screw anchor kits which can be found in our "Shed Bases" page. Designed to pass effortlessly through pre-drilled holes in the base rail, this kit comes complete with a masonry drill bit. It is utilized to firmly anchor a shed to an already existing concrete or slab base. The screws feature cross-slot heads, allowing for easy removal if necessary in the future.

  • Advantages: Hammers crew anchor kits provide a swift and efficient method for securely anchoring sheds. No digging required.  Enviornementally friendly.
  • Tips: Apply a weather-resistant sealant to the timber components to enhance durability. Elevate the wood slightly to allow for ventilation.


    Additional Tips for Shed Installation:

    1. Anchor Securely:

    • Use anchor kits or anchor the shed to the foundation to prevent movement during storms.

    2. Ventilation:

    • Ensure proper ventilation beneath the shed to prevent condensation and wood rot.

    3. Consider Elevation:

    • Elevate the shed slightly, especially in areas prone to flooding, to avoid water damage.

    4. Level the Base:

    • A level base is essential for even weight distribution and a stable structure.

    5. Weatherproofing:

    • Apply weatherproofing treatments to protect the shed from rain, UV rays, and extreme temperatures.

    6. Quality Materials:

    • Invest in high-quality shed materials to ensure longevity and resistance to the elements.

    7. Regular Maintenance:

    • Inspect your shed annually for any signs of wear, damage, or potential issues. Address them promptly.

    Choosing the right shed base is a critical step in the installation process. Each type has its advantages, so consider your specific needs, local climate, and budget. By following these tips, you'll create a solid foundation for your shed, ensuring it stands strong for years to come.

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