Anyone who is looking to build a shed in their garden will have realized that using a shed base is vital to ensure that the structure will have an even foundation to sit on, and be elevated from the damp ground that can often lead to rotting issues. Although plastic shed bases are the newest addition to the market, they are already popular with consumers. To find out why here are some of the main benefits of plastic shed bases.
Ease of Use
If you have looked into using a shed base, by now you will have come across all of the different types you can use, including wood, concrete, and pavers. While these can all be used to make adequate shed bases, one common flaw that they all share is the time required to install them before you can move on to building your actual shed.
Wooden shed bases and those created using pavers both time and skill to construct, often turning into day-long projects. Concrete shed bases can be even more bothersome, requiring 5-7 to harden before you build your shed, and often requiring the skills of a contractor to properly pour.
Unlike other types of shed bases, plastic bases are simple to install as most come as interlocking tiles which can be put together like puzzle pieces to create a solid and durable base for your shed. Because of this simple yet strong interlocking structure, shed bases can be put in place in a fraction of the time it would take to properly install any other type of base.
One of the main advantages of using plastic shed bases is that, unlike wood, they are rot-resistant. Considering the fact that shed bases will spend their entire service life in damp conditions, being rot-resistant is an essential feature. The whole point of using a shed base in the first place is to save your wooden shed from rotting, so it only makes sense to choose a base that will be able to withstand changing weather conditions for the considerable future.
As we have already touched upon, shed bases are an incredibly durable choice for your shed or summerhouse. Most manufacturers use UV stable recycled plastic for their products, and produce shed bases that are stable to extreme temperature changes ranging from -50℃ to 90℃. Plastic shed bases also have an impressive weight-bearing capacity with many being able to hold a load of 500 tonnes per square metre.
Plastic hasn’t always been associated with being kind to the environment, however, most plastic shed base manufacturers make their products using recycled materials. Because of this, plastic shed bases aren’t only a high-quality product to use but are also incredibly environmentally friendly.
The way plastic shed bases are produced isn’t their only environmentally-friendly benefit either. These bases comply with SUDS (sustainable urban drainage systems) regulation, which is an important consideration for any outdoor structure – especially if you are looking to build it on an area which currently makes up part of a natural drainage system. The term SUDS is usually used to refer to any surface material that allows for the natural drainage of water into the ground, rather than allowing it to collect and over-flood drainage network; a real issue in built-up urban environments where much of the surface area is made of tarmac or non-porous concrete.