How To Choose The Best Flooring For A Garden Shed
Date Published: November 10th, 2020
Shed flooring is one of the most overlooked aspects when it comes to creating the perfect garden shed space for your needs. It should be suitable to walk on, strong enough to hold large items such as tools, and look great at the same time. Although a simple shed floor is great and practical, there are many options you can pick and choose from, especially if you want your shed to look aesthetically pleasing.
If you’re looking to choose a floor for comfort, you will also need to take into consideration the things listed above as well as looking into whether the floor you want is water and weather resistant. With that in mind, here are some options if you’re looking for the best flooring for a garden shed.
Easily the most durable when it comes to flooring, concrete will hold up nearly everything you throw at it. You don’t need to worry about water damage and it can be installed fairly easily. However, there are downsides. It can be unwelcoming, hard, and not very aesthetically pleasing. If your shed is going to be used as a workshop, then concrete can be hard on your feet, and can hold in the cold a lot easier during winter.
Pressure-treated to look and feel better than normal wood, this type of flooring is a lot more attractive than concrete. However, it is prone to wear and tear and may become damaged over time if you are housing large tools such as lawnmowers in your shed. This can eventually lead to repairs. If you’re not storing large and heavy tools in your shed, then treated plywood may be a suitable option for you.
Wooden Planks (Tongue & Groove)
Tongue and groove planks are strong and can look great when installed in a shed. That being said, this type of flooring can attract rot and may warp if it’s exposed to water (either through spillages or a leaky shed roof). This type of wood can also stain, so it might be best not to use it in a potting shed for example.
OSB (Oriented Strand Board)
A standard flooring for sheds, OSB is cheap, strong, and usually used as a subfloor in your house. However, much like concrete, it can look less than pleasing.
Things To Consider
Before you pick the flooring for your shed, it’s important to think about the following:
Durability: can the flooring support any tools or furniture you store in your shed? Will it be exposed to water or chemicals that can damage it?
Installation: Can you install the flooring yourself? Do you have all the required materials needed to install your flooring, and is it a simple and straightforward process? If not, consider hiring a professional who can help you further.