Building a fiberglass shed - help!

by Rick
Planning to put an 8' x 10' fiberglass garden shed in back yard. The assembly instructions do not comment on any foundation. . . Does something this small need any "footings" or "support"? The area is rather soft earth. . . used to be a garden. Has a bit of a slope down to the right from where we want to put the shed.
Thank you for your help . . .

  7 answers
  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 21, 2018

    you will want to keep the structure level so the rains will go off the roof. at one time from a big box diy there were footings that held 2x4 or larger shaped more like a safety cones- slots on the top for the lumber. big box diy might have them. just checked big box diy Men....

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 21, 2018

    You would need to have a level spot for it. My aluminum shed came with the pieces that Dfm was talking about and it keeps the shed floor from being on the soil and getting wet. I used pieces of 2x4's to hold up the plywood we used for flooring. We have had the shed for almost 18 years and still have the same plywood for flooring. My footings looked more like aluminum slots that held up the 2x4's below it, to keep the plywood from sagging and give it support so you could walk on it. You could put pavers under it also, or a concrete pad.

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    • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Mar 22, 2018

      We may not have really high humidity in the winter, but lots of snow and in the summer we always have high humidity and lots of rain and heat, but the frames and the 2x4's keep the plywood, even untreated like ours, up off the ground and away from the moisture.

  • Sharon Sharon on Mar 21, 2018

    I've seen folks around here in the PNW who put them on concrete block footing, and some who use those concrete piers and then use a 4x4 wood beam between them to create a footing usually with either a sand pad or pea gravel for the inside.

    • Rick Rick on Mar 22, 2018

      Thank you. . . Very helpful . . I like the pea gravel idea . . .

  • William William on Mar 21, 2018

    Either a concrete pad or wood platform supported on deck blocks like Dfm suggests.

    • Rick Rick on Mar 22, 2018

      Thank you . . . probably go with the pier-blocks and wood . .

  • Wendy Wendy on Mar 22, 2018

    Good luck and cant wait to see what you do!

  • Rick Rick on Mar 22, 2018

    Thank you... Very narrow restricted access to the back yard. . . Probably have to go with the pier-blocks and wood . . . Appreciate everyone's input!

  • Dfm Dfm on Mar 23, 2018

    you might have to dig a bit to get all leveled, and maybe ad gutter to the roof and add down spout to rain barrel. I’ve had green house kits that didn’t get leveled -the water in the pots ran out, collected and made a mud puddle. Big messy one.