Getting the Most Out of Your Shed (Final part)
Making the shed base to the same as the front print of the shed will prevent rain bouncing off the ground. Another way to do this is to build a shed base using gravel or shingles. This is easy and unlike concrete where you have to ensure it is perfectly level; you can level the gravel out a lot easier.
Simply take out the top soil so you have a nice firm ground. You can generally spread the top soil removed for the shed base around the rest of the garden. Next put down a porous matting or membrane. You can usually buy this from a local diy store or garden centre. This will allow water to drain away but will prevent unsightly weeds from growing underneath the shed.
Next cover the shed base with gravel or shingle. This also gives an attractive finish to the shed base and is less harsh than concrete. The great thing is you don’t need to get the gravel perfectly level for your shed. Next you will need some blocks of wood to put under the shed. These are known as bearers and should be 2 x 3” or 3 x 3”, placed perpendicular ie at right angles to the bearers already underneath the shed. These bearers must be level but to do so you simply push the bearers into the gravel to make them level for the shed.
Once the bearers are level you can then build your shed. The great thing about gravel or shingles is that your shed will look great sitting on this base and when it rains the shingle or gravel disperses the rain water naturally therefore avoiding your shed being soaked.
Follow these tips and your shed will last for many years.