Although shed bases aren’t essential for building a shed, or any other type of garden structure, they are advantageous to use and offer a number of benefits. After all, your shed will only be as good as the foundation you build it on.
Creating a Stable Foundation
Creating a strong and stable foundation is essential for building a shed, or any other time of outdoor structure, as the same applies to building a summerhouse or a greenhouse. In order to build a structure that will last outdoors for years to come, you must ensure that that you start with an even and stable base to create a structurally sound starting point for the whole project. Although building a shed base will add extra time on to your build, this perceived extra hassle is well worth the hours invested as even the sturdiest of laws can get boggy with enough rain, which is when you’ll be glad that there’s something separating your wooden shed from all that water, and stopping it from sinking into the soft ground under its own weight. By adding a shed base, you can ensure that the entire structure will be above ground level so it won’t be as easily affected by adverse weather conditions and that it will, most importantly, be on a level surface – which can help avoid major structural issues once you start building up your shed, such as misaligned screw holes, and the door and window frames becoming warped meaning that these cannot be fitted properly.
Complying with SUDS Regulations
Complying with SUDS regulations is an important feature of any outdoor structure, especially one that will be built on an area that is part of a natural drainage system – in this case, your garden. SUDS (sustainable urban drainage systems) compliant surfaces apply to any surface material which allows water to drain away naturally into the ground, rather than collection and overburdening drainage networks, as they often do in urban environments where most surfaces are paved with non-porous concrete or tarmac. Although not all shad bases are SUDS compliant, the majority are, so if you choose the right type of shed base, you can also be environmentally-conscious while creating a stable foundation to build your shed upon.
Types of Shed Bases
When it comes to shed bases, there are a number of different types to choose from, to suit structures built from different materials. Wooden sheds, in particular, will always require a level surface in order to prevent the wood from warping. However, metal and plastic shed structures also benefit from having the proper support, and raising any shed off the ground will benefit both the structure and the land underneath.
Concrete is always a popular choice when it comes to shed bases as it is durable and cheap to source. However, if the size of the base isn’t correctly matched to the size of the shed, it can allow water to bounce underneath the shed and soak up into the boards in wet weather, defeating one of the main purposes of using a shed base in the first place.
More recently, plastic shed bases are becoming a popular alternative to concrete shed bases as they are SUDS compliant and many of the plastic varieties available are resistant to extreme heat and cold, doing away with any fears of cracking of buckling in changing weather. Plastic bases are often built in an environmentally-friendly way too, from recycled materials, making them better for the environment and popular amongst those looking to go green in every area of their lives.