Without the correct base erecting a shed can prove very tricky. It is extremely important that all garden buildings are constructed on a firm and level base which is constructed from the correct, durable material. Assembling the base incorrectly can lead to future deterioration of the product such as doors dropping out of square, thus becoming complicated to use or causing a water leakage.
Note: The incorrect assembling of a garden building on an incorrect base is also likely to void any guarantee that may come with your shed.
There are a few things you must take into account when choosing where to place your shed, whether you have a shed in kent or the alps.
First of all, always remember that placing the base too close to any walls, fences or other objects may cause problems. Some sheds have overhanging roofs so this could prove a problem. The same goes with trees, large bushes or major plant life. Branches are likely to grow and come into contact with your shed, so do your best to avoid.
So you have assembled your shed. Check for overhanging foliage regularly as any rubbing on the roofing felt may well lead to your shed becoming vulnerable to adverse weather conditions and even rain.
On top of this, check that the best location in your garden allows the easiest access, including the side of the shed in order to apply treatment to your shed. Have a visual image in your head; you may not want to carry heavy objects to and from the bottom of your garden. For our summerhouses, you may want to consider whereabouts in your garden there is the best access to natural light or even the best view.
Finish off deciding on location by gathering whether you intend to fit an electricity or water supply. Remember to cater for the distance to mains electricity and water supply.
Depending on your ability, we recommend using a local builder.
But if you do wish to construct your own shed base, then follow the guide below using the suitable material of your choice.
Before starting, we strongly advise that you build your base slightly larger than the dimensions of your garden shed, adding approx 30 – 40mm to each of the sides.
There are three main methods used to build a shed base, these are:
It is important that you build your base to the exact size of your building. All ACE buildings are manufactured to imperial measurements eg. 8x6 is exactly 8'x 6' not 2400mmx 1800mm like most shed company's. This means that the floor sits exactly on the base and you won't get the inevitable splash-back from a larger base.
These base ideas are the most common, some of our customers have used other construction methods and materials like wooden sleepers and concrete fence posts. Which ever base you decide to build it is important that the floor has enough support the entire length of the building and this support has to be level and flat.
Good luck, and don't forget you are only a phone call away from our expert shed base advise 01233 822042.