A gravel pad is a non-permanent structure that is used to build a shed on top of. It supports your shed to ensure it is on a level and solid ground before its construction. A gravel pad is used as it provides a porous, well-drained compacted, level, and solid base. The size of the gravel pad will determine the size of the shed as well as the cost of the shed and pad. It is best for the gravel pad to extend outside of the length of your structure and is best to ensure they are placed on a flat surface. This is where a retaining wall comes into play, as it can assist in levelling almost any location.
Freeform gravel pads
Many types of gravel pads can be employed; the most effective being free form, which is recommended to ensure this is done on flat surfaces only, as should it be placed onto a slope you will run a risk of erosion and in turn will cause your structure to settle. A free form gravel pad is done by staking out your pad site on level ground, leaving some room on each side for some erosion. The top 4 inches of grass and soil will then need to be removed to make temporary forms. The site is then filled with gravel and the gravel is levelled using a vibratory compactor or by hand tamper. Give us a call to find out more about freeform gravel pads and if this is the best option for you.
A retaining wall assists in levelling almost any location. This is done by staking four corners where you would like your gravel pad, by also allowing for room on each side to extend past the size of the structure. Using a level and starting from the lowest corner, a trench will be dug so you will end up with over a foot of gravel. The first course of timbers is then placed down and secured into place. Once the box has been built, excavation will be done inside of it and dirt will be dug out. Gravel is then filled into the box and compacted using a vibratory compactor or by hand tamper making sure it is completely level.
Gravel Pads for sheds
A properly conducted gravel pad is a much more affordable option for the foundation of a shed, as opposed to other forms of foundation. Installing a gravel pad for your shed is an easy way to ensure your shed lasts a long time, with little to no maintenance needed after the installation is complete. We ensure your shed has a solid foundation that allows for proper water drainage to stop soil settling and shifting or any water damage from occurring. If you are looking for a shed or gazebo to install into your yard that will last, contact Davenport Concrete Pros today!
Do Gravel shed foundations need a fabric weed barrier?
In short, the answer is yes. Fabric weed barriers come standard with Gravel pads for shed installations. This provides extra stability and allows for the gravel to be separated from the dirt below it. It prevents weeds from growing into your gravel pad and allows for greater filtration of the pad and as such, will increase the overall lifespan of the gravel pad.