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What is the Best Shed Foundation?

Whether you’re building a shed yourself or you’re buying one from a professional, a good shed foundation is crucial to ensuring it lasts. The best shed base is a stone pad, which is essentially a layer of loose stones that the structure sits on. This simple and inexpensive foundation keeps the shed stable and protected from damage.

At Glick Woodworks, we have been building attractive and durable sheds for decades throughout PA and beyond. We can say from personal experience that this type of shed foundation is a key element of our sheds’ long lifespan. Here’s what you need to know if you’re installing on your own — or if you’re shopping for quotes.

Getting Your Shed Base Right

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The best base for a shed should be made of 4.5 inches of fresh, clean stones distributed evenly across the ground where the shed will sit. The pad should be a foot wider on all sides than the shed footprint to ensure sufficient coverage. Since a proper shed pad is important to the longevity of your structure, we recommend it with all of our new sheds. Stone pads by Glick Woodworks are offered within 70 miles from our location only.

A properly placed shed base protects the structure in the following ways:

  • Protects Against Moisture: Without a good foundation, your shed can be left sitting in puddles after a rainstorm. All that standing water has the tendency to rot the shed foundation and floor. A pad of loose stones allows the water to filter through the pad, keeping the shed structure relatively dry.
  • Keeps it Level: When we install a stone pad, keeping it level is one of the most important aspects. Without a level stone pad, your shed can become uneven over time, which can lead to structural issues.
  • Prevents Animals from Getting In: Your shed should be home to old bicycles and garden equipment — not a wasp colony or a badger. A stone pad makes it much more challenging for animals to burrow into the structure and set up home. Learn more about protecting your shed from animals and insects.

Stylish Ways to Decorate Your Shed Pad

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We know that for some homeowners, our luxury sheds are a crucial component of a carefully-curated backyard décor. Since every element of your backyard can contribute to the style, you can dress up the shed pad to make it more beautiful without doing anything to limit its effectiveness. Here are some of our favorite ways to accessorize a shed foundation:

  • Plant a Perimeter: Make it a garden shed, literally. Plant a ring of mid-height plants around your shed to add another pop of color to your property. Once the foliage gets taller, the leaves will spread out and add to your landscaping.
  • Furnish with a Fence: Another way to decorate your shed pad, you can build a decorative small fence around the area. Plus, a tiny fence makes for a cute accessory that can add even more personality to your backyard. Learn more about the most popular shed styles right here!

Get Your Shed & Foundation Quote from Glick Woodworks

If you’re looking to buy a shed that will last for decades, we’re the team to trust. The Amish shed builders at Glick Woodworks craft a wide range of sheds built to both look amazing and last as long as you need.

Not only do we custom build your garden shed, but we also handle the installation, including placing it on the crucial shed foundation. Whether you’re ready for your quote or you want to learn more about what makes our sheds stand out, contact us today!

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These guys are so easy to work with. Great prices also. They did an awesome job delivering my shed . Thank you !
02:19 05 Jun 24
Glick woodworks did two customized projects in the last three years. Our beautiful 14x22 shed and our 13x13 potting shed. GORGEOUS!!! Glicks are service driven and know how to build that is tough and built to last, sturdy and structurally sound in their trade. Communication with us is enjoyable. They have storage and potting sheds ready to deliver on their lot in Mt Joy, Pa but also shine in customization. Love, love,love.......their whole business plan is impeccable, right up to the delivery day and beyond.Collaborating on future project. Thank you very much !
tracy taverner
tracy taverner
16:25 18 Apr 24
The guys there are very knowledgeable and they work around your budget. Would highly recommend them if you’re looking to get a shed or a garage. Nice guys to work with.
jenn garcia
jenn garcia
14:24 16 Mar 24
BEST IN THE BUSINESS!UPDATE 2/8/24 they are still the best in the business. Wanted to also provide a finished picture of Glick woodwork building.Custom design, build, delivery, and turn-key installation of our 30x50 4 car garage and attached breezeway in NJ.Daniel and his TEAM are absolutely the BEST in the business…hands down!Can’t wait for the next project for them
Allan Witten
Allan Witten
19:53 08 Feb 24
Having had 12x20 garage/shed by Glick Woodworks for seven months now and can tell that this is very solid and well built product. Equally important, it was a very easy and professional process to discuss design, get drawings, and finalize order. All my questions were answered, all emails and calls promptly responded to. The installation was right on time, fast, and just a pleasure to watch. Overall, I don't think I'll need another shed anytime soon, but if I do - I know where to go!
Arkady Sherman
Arkady Sherman
19:33 09 Dec 23
I needed to move a shed to a different property. Dave was quick to respond, scheduling was easy, especially important because I had a narrow timeframe to work with, and the move was smooth, uneventful, and with perfect placement. The person who did the move itself was informative, skilled, and pleasant. I highly recommend and will most definitely use again.
Jon Cabiria
Jon Cabiria
01:53 07 Dec 23