The foundation of your new garden structure from Arbor Garden Solutions is a crucial element for its longevity and functionality. A solid, even, and level base can ensure smooth assembly, prolong the building's lifespan, and ensure operational doors. Failing to establish an appropriate base might lead to assembly issues, reduced durability, and problems with doors fitting properly. Some retailers offer base preparation services or can recommend professionals who do.
Essential Elements to Consider
Solid, flat, level base: It's essential to provide your structure with a sturdy, even, and level foundation. Enough surrounding space: Sufficient space around the structure is necessary for assembly and future maintenance. Suitable access: The panels need to have appropriate access to the base. Rainwater run-off: Consider the implications of water run-off in your base planning. Floor plans: While floor plans for standard models are available and can assist in base construction, you may need to specify if your base needs the floor joists to follow the floor plan, as this can be subject to change.
Recommended Base Types
Concrete or paving slabs are advisable, particularly for larger buildings. While some professionals might suggest a sloping base for drainage, it's imperative that the base itself remains completely level. The base should not necessarily exceed the size of the shed's floor. If using paving slabs, they must be properly installed, not simply laid on soil or grass. Decking could be a suitable alternative, provided it is robust enough. Bearers or sleepers on a level gravel or shingle area could be a suitable base for smaller to medium-sized buildings.
Merely placing a paving slab at each corner is insufficient, regardless of their levelness. The entire floor requires adequate support. Inadequate base types include soil, grass, loose bricks, pallets, or any uneven surfaces.
The provided measurements are approximate and don't account for roof overhang. It's generally beneficial to leave ample space around the structure – at least 300mm (1ft) around the whole structure, although 500mm is preferred. This space aids in assembly and future maintenance.
Remember that the roof extends beyond the main body of the building, which is important if the structure will be located in a more confined area. With expert advice, you can usually find a suitable solution, even if your shed is located in a smaller area.
You may opt to purchase bearers (timber posts) along with your building to elevate the floor off the ground. If the shed's floor is prone to significant rainwater exposure, bearers could considerably enhance its lifespan. The bearers would run perpendicular to the shed's floor joists - if you're supplying your own bearers or sleepers, please verify their direction and specify on order that they must adhere to the stated direction as it can be subject to change. In general, bearers aren't necessary if you have a solid, flat, and level base, except for the above-mentioned scenario, since the floor joists allow for airflow beneath and keep the floorboards off the base. If your base is gravel or shingle, you should position the shed on bearers or sleepers to provide a solid foundation and evenly support the floor. The gravel or shingle still needs to be level and shouldn't be excessively loose.