Would it be a good or bad idea to pour concrete beneath your shed?
A metal shed found at stores such as Home Depot and Lowes are commonly used as storage facilities by homeowners. The metal sheds are easily assembled and can be used to store lawn mowers and other gardening essentials. While the shed can be placed on the lawn with no base, should you choose to pour concrete for flooring? Read on to see the many options you have for this storage solution.
The easy way to go is to install the shed in your yard without flooring. You simply put the shed together and place it in an area of your property with level land. The shed will have three main walls with a doorway at the front, usually sliding or standard doors. You will be able to keep certain items in the shed such as a lawnmower or weed eater. However, without a floor, the shed will be subject to water due to heavy rains as well as mice, snakes, etc. This is something to think about when going the no-floor route.
Some homeowners choose to dig up the grass in the area where the shed will be placed and set down a pebble or gravel base. This is a better option than the no flooring but not as beneficial as a concrete base. With a pebble or gravel flooring, the shed will have a flooring type but will still be subject to bugs, frogs, snakes, mice, etc. as well as rain water.
This is the more difficult option but very beneficial. To create a concrete base, you will need to create a frame by using 2×4 wood beams. Create your base to the size of your shed so that you will be able to set the shed on top of the concrete when you put it together and after the concrete has dried. You will need to mix the concrete and pour it into your frame, smoothing it out to create a smooth base floor for your new metal shed.
The benefits of a concrete base are many. First, you will have a solid base for your shed. This means that critters, as well as bugs, will not be able to get into your shed from under the ground. Items in the shed will not be affected by rain as the concrete base will block any wetness. Without the concrete base, water seeps into the ground and then creates wetness in the storage room which can lead to items being destroyed.
Because you have this protective barrier or concrete, you have the ability to store more items in your storage shed. You will not have to worry about water seepage so you can place containers and other items in the shed without fear of damage occurring.
These are your options for flooring when it comes to a simple storage shed. Think about how you will be using your shed to find the right flooring type for your needs.