Laying a proper foundation for your new shed is the best way to ensure its longevity. Without some kind of foundation, your shed will end up leaning and can become unsafe. So although laying a shed on the ground seems like an easy solution, there are a few main reasons as to why you shouldn’t. First is because it will be completely unprotected from moisture! We all know how absorbent a yard can get after it rains and all that moisture in the ground will seep through the soil and soak the bottom of your shed. This will cause the wood of the shed to rot and deteriorate and could potentially damage items inside.
Another reason proper shed foundation is important is that yards are rarely 100% level and flat. Sheds that do not have foundations and are instead built on just ground will lean and become unstable as the ground moves (no one wants a Tower of Pisa in their backyard!). Setting a shed on an uneven surface is also risky because it can cause your shed doors and windows to stick and not open and close properly. Plus, it will affect the stability of your shed potentially giving your shed a shorter lifespan.
That’s why taking the time to really ensure you provide a suitable foundation for your shed is vital! Below are the top three most common shed foundations to consider:
Concrete slabs are the strongest, most durable type of foundations for your shed. The biggest benefit to a concrete pad is that your shed won’t shift or settle. This is something to consider if you are planning on building a rather large shed or one that will be storing extra heavy equipment like tractors. Plus, concrete is completely waterproof which is important if you are placing your shed in an area where the soil is prone to moisture.
As you can see, you have some options when it comes to selecting your shed foundation. You will need to choose what will work well for you, your yard, and your shed. Still not sure what option might be the best fit for you? Don’t worry, the team at Recreation Unlimited is here to help! Give us a call at (317) 773-3545 or come visit our Noblesville showroom where we have a variety of sheds on display.