5 Tips for Building a Shed Floor
The shed floor is the first part of shed that most builders start with and builders start with this part first for a good reason. Without a very strong foundation, the shed will easily collapse and ruin the whole day effort of creating it. This is why it is always recommended that concentrated efforts should be focused on the foundation first. There are many crucial aspects of the shed floor that must be perfected. Everything from the ground the shed is standing on to the materials used in building and the architectural design plays a role.
1. The Ground Must Be as Even as Possible
The very first step in getting a solid floor is to get a solid foundation. Choosing a strong and readily available foundation can shave off hours of work. For example, if the shed is to be built on grass or soft mud, then chances are is that the ground won’t be even and you need to do a bit of tilling work. If you really select an uneven ground, then you need to pile up several concrete blocks to maintain the even level of the shed. However, uneven ground presents an opportunity to build a pier. Finding a concrete floor will mean that you already have a flat surface to begin with. However, it is way easier to anchor your shed on grassland rather than hard concrete floor.
2. Anchoring the Shed
A ship can stop permanently if its anchor is firmly hooked onto a sturdy rock. The same theory applies to your shed. If it is possible (and if you have a permit to do so), you should always anchor the shed to the ground. The way to do this is to drill large holes several inches deep and use joist planks as the anchor. Attach the underground support planks to its skits. Another good way to anchor the shed without digging a hole is to cut rectangular holes into the concrete blocks. The width of the rectangular shape should be slightly bigger than the width of the skid enough for the skid to “slot” through the concrete blocks.
3. The Right Type of Material
There are many materials out there available to build a shed. You can use metal, plywood, or even recycled wood if so desired. Don’t forget the floor needs to be strong enough to support the shed and several people inside it. Plywood is a popular choice but pressure treated lumber works best because it degrades at a slower rate.
4. Make sure that Measurements Are Correct
The last thing any shed builder wants is to get an awkward rectangular shape or a joist plank that is too short for the frame. Get a measuring tape and really measure every material to ensure that this problem does not happen.
5. Ratio and Proportion is Everything
Ensure that the distance between each joist plank is equal. Make sure that strength is evenly distributed throughout the skits. The distance between each nail that you drill into the joist should be the same.