Why Do I Need A Base For My Shed?


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Why Do I Need A Base For My Shed?

First time shed owners are often surprised that every single shed requires a good base and cannot simply be placed directly onto the terrain of a garden or backyard. A shed is still a simple and straightforward structure to erect, but its sturdiness and longevity will be heavily affected if it does not have a decent foundation. You can’t expect a brand new shed to be functional for as long as possible if you leave it exposed to problems with the platform on which it sits, as this will inevitably affect its structural integrity and its ability to do is job effectively as a result.

Whether this be an apex shed, pent shed or a garden office shed, a shed base is neccessary. So why exactly do you need a shed base? Read on to find out.

1. A Level Base

One of the most obvious reasons to install a shed base is to create a nice, steady, flat surface for the structure that will sit on top of it. If your shed is on a slope – even a very slight one – items may slide or roll across the floor and an uneven amount of stress will be placed on certain areas and joints, making the structure more prone to wear, tear and damage and generally shortening its lifespan.

2. Damp and Rot

It may seem strange that your shed will require a base even if your lawn, patio or decking is completely flat and level. The reason for this is that, particularly on organic surfaces such as grass, rainwater can seep between the ground and the bottom of your shed and soak into the exposed wood, causing boards to warp and soften, and potentially instigating rot that can cause extensive damage to the structure. If you are storing items that need to be kept dry, such as electrical products, they will be negatively affected, and it’s likely that the whole shed will need replacing a lot earlier than you expected.

3. Erosion and Subsidence

Over the time, the weight of a shed that is not protected by a base may cause the structure to appear to lean. This could be a result of the walls missing proper support, or you may notice that one side of it is sinking into the ground. This will cause considerable damage both to the shed and your garden.

4. Damage to Land

The extra unprotected weight of your shed can cause the structure to sink into grass, creating extensive damage to your lawn. Also, because there is no way of spreading that weight across an acceptable surface area, even solid surfaces such as decking or paving can be affected. Flagstones can be forced down into the ground, and, through a combination of damp and pressure, decking boards can splinter or rot.

5. Look

Finally, your shed will look neater and sturdier with a base. Without one, the structure will look a little strange and uneven – particularly if it leans – and will give the impression of a flimsy temporary feature. A base can help to finish off the design in a visually pleasing manner, attractively tying the shed into its surroundings.

If you’d like to find out more about effectively and safely erecting a shed in your garden or yard, all you need to do is to contact the specialists at Solid Sheds today on 01695 51442. Alternatively, you can use the handy form that can be found here on their website. The company has sites all across the United Kingdom, so you can pop in at any time to see what they have to offer. Depending on its location, a Solid Sheds site is usually open between 9 am and 5.30 pm throughout the week, so check online to see when is best to contact your nearest outlet.


Solid Sheds provides many different kinds of structure, from log stores to animal shelters to summer houses to log cabins to workshops, and each design comes in a variety of sizes and with numerous attractive finishes that will complement the look of your garden perfectly. The flexibility of each available product allows you to choose your ideal structure in the size that best fits the space you have, along with all of your specific needs. In fact, the company can make personalised products to meet your specifications,  so you can rest assured that they will provide whatever you require. There is also the option to sign up to email updates which will keep you up to date about new products and innovations, and give you access to exclusive offers.

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