Leaving space under your building: is it necessary? The answer is yes. If you have a wood shed, then you don’t want it to come into direct contact with any moisture that is going to cause the wood to rot over time. Leaving space will help to protect your building and make it last longer. If you are looking for a quality crafted storage shed, contact Classic Buildings today.
How You Can Leave Space Under Your Building
You can leave space under your shed building by placing it on cement blocks. This is actually the most common, easiest to construct, and least expensive form of foundation for sheds. Cement blocks are built into mini towers and placed about 3 to 5 feet apart. The completed shed is then placed on top of these blocks.
Leaving space under your building will protect it from moisture
The Pros of Leaving Space Under Your Building
Leaving space under your building will help it last longer
Wood and moisture don’t mix. That is why it is a good idea to protect your wood shed from any moisture damage by raising it up off the ground or by setting it on a gravel or concrete pad. The base or flooring of your shed is the most susceptible to moisture damage, especially if it is in direct contact with the ground. Dirt holds moisture and a wood shed that is sitting directly on dirt will rot relatively quickly.
Larger buildings require cement foundations to support the extra weight
It costs less and is easier than constructing a concrete or gravel pad
The alternative to leaving space under your shed to help it to last longer is it build it on a concrete or gravel pad. The concrete and gravel will form a protective barrier between your shed floor and the moisture of the ground. However, it costs a lot more to put in a concrete or gravel pad than it does to simply raise your shed up on concrete blocks.
If you are constructing a larger shed or if you are planning to store heavy equipment inside your shed, then you will need to use a concrete or gravel pad as concrete blocks will not be able to support the extra weight. Generally smaller sheds up to 8X6 will not need a concrete foundation however, the type of foundation that you require will depend on your “shed’s size, the region of the country in which you live, an the type of shed floor you desire.”
Raise your shed high enough so animals can’t hide under it easily
The Cons of Leaving Space Under Your Building
Animals may choose to nest underneath
It is true that a raised building can be an attractive place for small animals to make their home. This can be a real nuisance, especially if the animals are rodents such as mice or rats that might damage your shed or its contents, or that are not people-friendly like smelly skunks or raccoons that can make a mess of your trash.
Solution: If you raise your shed high enough off the ground (at least six inches or more) then these types of animals will be less inclined to burrow beneath your shed as they will feel more exposed. At this height, you will also be able to see what is happening and will be able to shoo them away if they begin to take up residence.
You may prefer the look of a concrete pad to cement blocks
It isn’t aesthetically pleasing
Having a shed that is raised up on concrete blocks may not look as aesthetically pleasing as one that is sitting directly on the ground. The space beneath the shed may give it an appearance of not looking quite finished.
Solution: You can place bricks around the edges of your shed, like a small wall, to fill in the space. This will serve two purposes: it will make your building look nicer and it will prevent debris or animals from congregating underneath your shed. If you don’t want to go to the expense of using bricks, then you could also lay planks along the opening. The planks won’t look as nice as the bricks but they will work. You will, however, have to replace the planks over time as they too will be susceptible to rotting.
Another great way to make the space look nicer is to landscape around your shed. The addition of plants will draw your eye away from the empty space and you will barely notice that it’s there.
Add some plants to make your shed more visually pleasing
How Much Space Should You Leave Under Your Shed?
If you only raise your building up a few inches off the ground, it still may be susceptible to moisture damage. Over time, debris and dirt can collect and build up underneath your shed until it is touching the bottom. Debris such as leaves and other organic materials will decompose over time and collect moisture. This trapped moisture will begin to rot your shed.
Answer: Make sure your shed is raised at least 6 inches off the ground. At this height, you will be able to check for any debris that might be piling up underneath and you will be able to clear it away relatively easily before it does any damage.
You should leave at least 6 inches of space underneath your building
How Classic Buildings Can Help Prepare the Site for Your Shed
Along with making sure that your shed is protected against any moisture damage, it is also important to make sure the site you have chosen for your shed is properly level. Classic Buildings offers free site visits. Our Portable Building Specialists will come to your home to help you find the best-suited location to put your building and to ensure there is adequate access to maneuver the building into your yard.
They will then stake out where you want to put your building and check how level your site is. They will also make recommendations on site preparation if needed – all at no charge to you!
There is a 3-year warranty for settling and proper function of doors when the building’s foundation is done by Classic Buildings PBF crew.
Your shed is safely delivered to the prepared site and then properly leveled
Classic Buildings: High-Quality, Amish-Crafted Sheds That Last
For high-quality, Amish-crafted sheds that are guaranteed to last, contact Classic Buildings or visit the location nearest to you. Our buildings are constructed using the same process as for building a home. Choose from either a metal or shingle roof; they’re the same price!
Remember, before buying a shed you should be aware of the shed permit requirements of your municipality. Sometimes permit requirements to depend on the size of your shed.
Classic Buildings has locations throughout the Midwest, including various Missouri cities (St. Louis, Arnold, Columbia, St. Charles, Rolla, Linn, Springfield, Jefferson City, Kansas City, and Washington, Missouri). We are located in Swansea, Illinois and Kansas and deliver throughout the Midwest, and, in some cases, nationwide! We will deliver your shed right to you and we offer free delivery up to 30 miles from any one of our showrooms.
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