If you’re going to put up a shed in your garden, you’ll need to put down a shed base first. This puts off many people, and for good reason too. Erecting a shed isn’t too difficult, particularly if you have someone to help you. However, if you’ve read about laying shed bases, you’ve probably heard you first have to level the ground and lay a concrete slab… and that’s where the hard work begins. Even if you opt for concrete paving slabs to do the job, they’re still heavy and cumbersome to move into place. It’s not a job everyone can do.
So what about a plastic shed base?
This might be the first you’ve heard of this particular type of base, but it’s been gaining a lot of ground recently, if you’ll excuse the pun. More and more people are discovering that it actually makes a smart alternative for concrete or wood – and it’s easy to use and lay too.
Good advantages to using a plastic shed base
A shed is only as stable as the base you put it on. If you put a shed directly on the ground, it will soon become unstable if the ground becomes wet. Additionally, any wooden shed is going to rot if you place it on the ground without building a base first.
A plastic shed base has a lot going for it. Firstly, it’s never going to rot – no matter how long it’s down for. It’s also built to be extremely rigid, even though it is surprisingly light in nature. Its lightness makes it very easy to move into place too. You can have it delivered to your door and quite easily carry it through to your garden without needing help or a lie down! Once you’ve chosen your spot and levelled the ground, you simply need to lay the plastic shed base down and you’re ready to put your shed up. In this sense, it is a great time-saver as well. It might sound too good to be true, but this is one instance when it really is the right thing to choose.
When ordering the plastic shed base, you simply have to order the right size base for the garden building you intend to erect. There are lots of size options, which again makes it easy to order. All you need to know is the size of the garden building – shed or otherwise – you want to put up. You can then find the appropriate size of plastic pro base and place your order. Sizes range from 4’ by 3’ all the way up to 20’ by 12’, so they are ideal for sheds, summer houses, log cabins and even wooden garages and other similar structures.
The load is spread throughout the innovative design
If you take a closer look at the plastic pro base, you will see each base section has 49 feet. These spread the load evenly throughout. The same applies when you connect several grids together to form larger bases for bigger garden buildings.
Each grid is also comprised of a number of open holes. If you are building a shed or other small building, you won’t need to worry about doing anything other than laying the base on a flat piece of ground. However, if you are building something larger, you will need to add around 10kg of 10mm pea gravel into each section. This can simply be poured onto the section and spread over it to fill the holes. It doesn’t take long and it ensures the base is solid enough to accommodate the building you plan to put on it.
The other major advantage – whether you need gravel or not – is that you don’t need to wait for anything to dry. A concrete slab takes quite a while to set if you go down this route. We’ve already discovered how back-breaking it can be to use concrete slabs, too. Additionally, even though wooden shed bases are treated to prevent them from rotting, they don’t last forever. If you want the minimum of hassle and the maximum peace-of-mind, a plastic shed base is the way to go.
Is it good for the environment?
This is one question you may still have in mind. Being kind to the environment is something we’re all focusing on now, and for good reason too. The good news is the plastic pro base is made from recycled plastic, and is of exceptionally good quality too.
So you can order a plastic shed base with the confidence of knowing it will do the job it is intended for. If you’re going to lay it on your own, it’s also very likely the best and easiest base to choose. So you could be much closer to getting your new garden building up and running than you may have thought.