Do you dream of having a summerhouse of your very own? If you do, then buying a summerhouse from a reputable retailer, such as ourselves, will be your first step. Making sure that your summerhouse lasts should be your second step, and one of the best ways to do this is by choosing the best base for your summerhouse. In this post, we will tell you why a summerhouse base is important and what the different kinds of summerhouse bases are.

Why A Summerhouse Base Is Important

Most buildings in your garden are specially-designed with a pressure-treated timber base which improves the longevity of the specific building. However, ensuring that there is a level foundation is vital to protecting the base of your summerhouse. If your summerhouse will have direct contact with the ground, it can absorb moisture which will cause premature rot and decay. Placing it on an uneven surface will also cause structural damage; warped timber walls and floors, for example. However, when your summerhouse is placed upon a surface that is completely level, it will aid your building in standing strong for many years to come. It will also allow the doors to work properly, making accessing your summerhouse much, much easier. Alongside this, it will also guarantee that your garden summerhouse has correct water drainage and ventilation.

The Types Of Summerhouse Bases

There are a few main types of summerhouse bases, and you should choose the one which best suits your property.

Concrete Bases

Concrete bases are suited to heavier, larger summerhouses; if you choose a smaller summerhouse, having a concrete base will probably be a little overkill. If you make sure that the concrete foundation is raised slightly above the ground, water will run off easier which will stop it from pooling around the base of your summerhouse; this allows you to completely avoid rotting wood caused by damp. Concrete bases offer many benefits to homeowners, including:

  • They are a permanent addition
  • Extremely long-lasting
  • Very durable and designed to withstand harsh weather conditions
  • They will not move
  • Offers amazing stability to your summerhouse structure

Timber Decking

The brilliant thing about timber decking is that it is the much more attractive option when it comes to the aesthetics of your garden, and works very well with summerhouses and other garden buildings such as sheds and log cabins. But, very similar to other foundations, your summerhouse must be treated or pressure-treated in order to withstand the amount of moisture that will surround it. Timber decking can be extended to use as a veranda of sorts, if you use ridged timber the water will run off extremely well, and the space underneath the decking will help with the circulation of air.

Paving Slabs

Ideal for gardens on the smaller side, paving slabs are recommended for small summerhouses. When the slabs are being laid, you need to make sure that they are laid evenly and kept together firmly. As well as this, they can be applied on a base of both sand or cement, anchoring the corners close together. Very easy to lay, perfectly low maintenance, and stable, paving slabs should be your first choice if you want to add a small summerhouse to your garden.

Check Out Our Range Of Summerhouses

Here at Midlands, we offer a comprehensive range of summerhouses, so why not take a look? If you want to speak to a member of our team, you can give us a call on 01384263192 or sales@midlandshedsandsummerhouses.co.uk.

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