Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Shed bases

A good solid base is essential when considering constructing a shed in your garden, without this you are likely to face many problems such as the shed not hanging right, which will cause poorly fitting doors and windows making it unstable and the base is likely to become rotten very quickly from the earth which it is placed on.

From experience the best types of shed base are:
  • Concrete Base – This base will be the most stable of the three and will last the longest. It needs to be completely flat. How to build a concreate base.

  • Treated Timber – If the base of a shed is pressure treated then there is no need for a separate shed base as this treatment prevents the base from going rotten. However the patch of garden that the shed is going to be placed on needs to be flat.

  • Paving Slabs – This is similar to a concrete base as it is fairly stable; however the slabs can be easily moved if the shed ever needs to be placed in a different location within the garden. Laying a paving slab base.

  • Plastic Base - A plastic base is quick and simple to build and saves on the hassle of having to lay slabs or a concrete base. They come with weed control fabric and are a perfect stable and level base for any garden shed. Example of a plastic base.

  • Timber Base – Timber bases are quick and easy to construct and require minimal DIY skills. These bases are made from pressure treated timber therefore preventing the timber from rotting.

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