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- What’s In a Shed Floor?
- How to Build a Shed Floor (video)
- Shed Floor Materials
- Shed Floor Design
- Byler Fit & Finish
What’s In a Shed Floor?
As you read this, you will discover that the shed floor structure is actually fairly simple. A shed floor has only two basic components:
- The support structure, including skids and floor joists.
- The floor that you actually walk on.
How To Build a Shed Floor
Step on into our shop. Craftsman Skyler Beery will be your host, and guide you through the process of building a shed floor.
Shed Floor Materials
- Pressure-treated skids — those are the 4×4’s beams underneath it all
- Pressure-treated joists — those are the 2×4’s or 2×6’s that support the shed floor you walk on
- Pressure-treated band boards — the band that the floor joists attach to
This flooring is treated with SmartGuard, which prevents termite damage and fungal decay. One of the unique features of LP Shed Floor is that every strand of the flooring is coated with a special water-resistant wax. That gives it outstanding water resistance, so that it is much less likely to bubble and fall apart than traditional particle board or even plywood.
LP ProStruct Infographic
Shed Floor Design
Our shed floors are designed for maximum life and durability. All floor joists are a minimum of 16″ on-center (meaning they are 16″ apart, just like your house). We also offer reinforced floors, standard on all our garages. Joists in reinforced floors are 12″ on-center. This ensures that the floor will be strong enough to carry all your cargo.
One indicator of design quality is how many skids are used. When you’re looking around, just be sure to look low. See how many skids there are, and how far apart they are spaced. We use more runners or skids than cheaper sheds. We don’t splice any skids at less than 16 ft. When we do splice, we offset the splices from each other, and make sure we reinforce the splices for maximum strength.
Fit and Finish
Finally, we make sure the floor fits tightly, and that the nails are down even with the floor, and not poking up through to catch a bare toe. As you look around at different sheds, take a close look at the floor. The seams should be lined up nice and tight, without any unsightly gaps.
We hope that gives you an idea of what it takes to make a great quality shed floor. It may seem odd to think of the floor as being important. But the fact is, without a good floor, your shed doesn’t have a leg to stand on.