Shed Building Plans: Building a Shed Ramp

When making plans to build a shed, the little things are often overlooked. Much attention is often paid to the foundation, roof and doors, but little or no attention is paid to the driveway. The entrance ramp, you say? Yes, the driveway ramp, the structure that leads to the door so you can drive your heavy equipment, like a small riding mower or snow thrower, in and out of the shed with relative ease. A well-constructed driveway ramp is an essential, yet underappreciated, component of any storage shed you build.

There are many factors to consider when building a shed ramp. The time to think about them is not at the end of the project when you suddenly think, “Oh, I really need a ramp to get my stuff in and out of the shed.” If you wait until that point, it’s too late. No, the time to think about this is during the planning stage of your project. Take your time at first and you will save time and money.

Here is a short list of factors to consider:

· The foundation.

· The slope of the ramp.

· Safety.

· Easy to use.

· Material used for the construction of the ramp.

· The surface of the ramp.

Let’s take a brief look at each of these important factors.

The ramp is not a separate addition to the project. Like the shed itself, to be fully safe and strong, with the ability to support the loads of heavy equipment, the ramp must be lashed to a foundation. Don’t try to build without one. The time to build the foundation for the ramp is when you are laying the foundation for the shed. The two must be linked in some way.

The ramp must have a slope, and deciding what the precise slope is depends on other important factors that your design requires. The length of the ramp is an important factor in determining the slope and the slope itself determines how easy the ramp is to use and how safe it is, especially for children. When planning the dimensions and slope of the ramp, it is important to consider the equipment you intend to bring into the shed.

Security is an important consideration. If the slope is too steep, it will make it difficult for equipment to get in and out of the shed. Make the slope steep and you’ll have a hard time pushing your stuff up the ramp. Make it too light and the ramp will be too long to be practical. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is that for every foot of length, the slope should equal one inch. Some building codes require the minimum slope to be one inch for every eight inches of length.

If you have carefully considered both slope and safety, the ramp you build will be easy to use. It will allow both driving a small tractor in and out of the space as well as pushing small hand equipment.

When considering the material you use to build your ramp, you will also consider the surface of the ramp itself. You could, for example, use wood, steel, or concrete to build your ramp. Each choice brings construction problems and benefits. However, at all costs, you want to make sure that the ramp has a non-slip surface. You could use a non-slip paint if you build with wood. A non-slip rubber underlayment can be applied to the metal ramps to make them safe and easy to navigate.

There you have it, the fundamental factors to consider when you are building a shed ramp. The most important thing is that when you are making plans to build a shed, you absolutely consider the smallest details before you start building.

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