How to Lay a Pad of Gravel for My Shed Foundation

Before delivery of your Stateline Builder storage shed, the site foundation must be ready for installation. There are many foundation options for your storage shed, including setting directly on soil or placing upon cinder blocks. For small storage shed buildings under 256 square feet, a pad of gravel is the best solution.

In this guide, we will cover the general steps for laying a pad of gravel yourself. If you prefer, many landscaping companies can properly, setup and lay a pad of gravel for your shed foundation.

Please note this is general advice only, It does not take into account your objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on any information, you should consider the appropriateness of the information provided and the nature of the relevant financial product, having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs.

1. Remove weeds and ground vegetation

Begin by removing any weeds, grass and ground vegetation from the area to prevent extra moisture in the soil.

2. Level the ground area

A level foundation is important for the longevity of your shed. Using a shovel, dig the top layer material to breakup higher elevations and deposit the extra soil in the lower elevations. Use a piece of lumber to check for uneven areas.

3. Optionally, add a weed barrier to the area

Though not required, it may be wise to add a weed barrier (available at your local hardware store) to prevent the regrowth of vegetation and reduce future moisture challenges.

4. Line area with landscaping timbers

After the area is leveled and prepped, line the site with landscaping timbers, allowing for one extra foot in all directions, keeping timbers level.

5. Backfill with drainage stones

Backfill the area with ¾ inch drainage stones. Do not use pea-gravel, sand, or any material that shifts around. The drainage material should pack solid while allowing water to flow through. Spread the stones out level and pack them down using a tamper.

More questions?

If you have more questions about laying a pad of gravel for your shed foundation, it is best to consult your local building inspector. Foundations preferences and requirements vary between inspectors and regions, as there are many variables to consider.

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