One of the most important and overlooked facts when purchasing a storage shed or garage is the need for a good foundation – but what constitutes a ‘good foundation’? At Pine Creek Structures, all of our sheds must be placed on a foundation of a minimum of 4 inches of 2B stone. If this minimum requirement is not met, the building’s 6-Year Top To Bottom Warranty is voided. A prepared, level site is the responsibility of the purchaser.
Ask your local sales manager for a list of local contractors to help you in this process. The decision of which contractor to hire (or preparing the site yourself) is ultimately yours. Here are a few factors to note when choosing a contractor (or preparing a site yourself) in preparation for your delivery:
1. A Level Site
This is the MOST important factor. The pad must be perfectly level, square, and without rises or voids over the entire pad. A shed pad that is not level will require blocking in order for doors and windows to open and close properly. These blocks will often tend to sink faster than the rest of the building and your doors and windows will not work properly again over time. A level site becomes more and more critical the larger the building and is especially critical with modular buildings.
For the best results, use a 4×4, 4×6, or 6×6 treated wood perimeter. The top of the timbers should be square and level (you may need to step the timbers if your pad is on a grade). Fill this perimeter with crushed 2B stone. A cheaper option is to spread stone on a level base without using timbers. This is an acceptable practice, but will require more maintenance in the long run because the stones will fall away from the side of the building over time. This can then cause your building to no longer sit level.
A concrete pad is also acceptable. If choosing this option, keep the concrete pad as close to ground level as possible. Make sure that the concrete is level. Any rises or voids in the concrete may result in water pooling in areas during/after rain and snow, resulting in rot and decay.
The stone pad for the structure should be a minimum of 2 feet longer and 2 feet wider than your structure. For example, if your shed is 10’ x 14’, a prepared site should be 12’ x 16’. This allows proper drainage and keeps vegetation from growing against and ruining your structure. When vegetation is allowed to grow against your building, there is a greater chance of moisture rotting out the bottom of your structure.
- Minimizes yard damage, even in wet yards.
- Will go places that are impossible to get to, even with 4-wheel drive
- Operates on terrain with slopes up to 30 degrees
- Can make 90 degree turns
- Moves around obstacles with ease.
- Can set buildings in places that would otherwise be impossible!
The Mule vs. Standard Delivery Equipment:
- Approximately 15,000 pounds less weight in your yard.
- Requires approximately 20” less height, making it easier to maneuver under overhead obstacles such as wires and tree branches.
Frequently Asked Questions:
“What about my township? Do I need a permit? ”
Some townships require a permit for a portable structure. Check with your local authorities for specific requirements prior to scheduling delivery. You are responsible for obtaining any permits required. If your township requires building plans or other details about the structure, contact your local sales manager. Our shed experts will be able to help you obtain information and documents required by your township in most cases.
“Can you check my site? I’m not sure if there’s enough room.”
If needed, yes. Ask your local sales manager about scheduling a site check. You can also bring photos to him/her to examine at the time of purchase or email them to him/her after. If there is not enough room to access the place you would like to have your structure delivered, ask about building it on site.
“It looks level enough to me… That’s OK, right?”
Level to the naked eye and actually being level are not the same. Make sure your prepared site is truly level with no rises or voids. If your building is not placed on a true level site, the doors and windows will not open/close properly or water may pool (increasing the chance of rot).
“You gave me a list of some contractors in the area, but can I just do it myself?”
Ultimately it is your decision. However, we do not recommend preparing your own site without the necessary knowledge, experience, or tools. For modular buildings especially, we highly recommend a professionally prepared site for a successful installation.
We are NOT responsible for site preparation.
Why Choose Us?
- Expert Amish Workmanship
- Pricing That Fits Your Budget
- We Also Offer Rent-to-Own
- High Quality, Long-Lasting Sheds
- Variety of Styles, Colors & Sizes
- Custom Built to Your Fit
- We Are a One-Stop Store
- Knowledgeable Sales Staff
- If You Can Dream It, We Can Build It
- Always Free Local Delivery on All Our Sheds, Garages, Gazebos & Swing Sets