Q: Shed Skirting – What is the Best Way to do it?
Closing Off (Shed Skirting) the Bottom of Your Shed the Easy Way
We’re well into the new millennium and there are several great ways to close off the bottom of your shed. Whether you own a shed, portable building, or outbuilding this skirting hack is for you. Not only will we discuss closing off the bottom of the shed, but we will touch base on how to hide the bottom of the shed.
How to Seal the Bottom of a Shed from Rats?
Lets’ face it, sheds are necessary for protecting your stuff. So, knowing how to seal the bottom of your shed from rodents is a good thing. How you choose to close off the bottom of your shed can impact how safe the things you keep in your shed are from animals, weather, and rot.
The materials you use to close off the bottom of your shed need to protect your valuables from weather, pests, and ground moisture. They need to be durable, ventilated and resist rodents.
Quite frankly, the best materials to chose from are made of concrete and bricks. I will explore the differences between each of these products below, explaining the best and easiest ways for installing them so they will effectively close (hide) off the bottom of your shed.
Here’s What to Put Around the Bottom of Your Shed. Choose From These Materials:
- Cinder Block
- DURASKIRT™ Shed Skirting / Underpinning Prices
- Landscape Block
Brick is an age-old material that does an exceptional job protecting homes and, in this case, sheds from unwanted guests. Follow these simple steps installing bricks:
- Tools you will need are masonry tools, brick saw, wheelbarrow, shovel, string, hammer, joint tool, trowel, and grout bag.
- Excavate down below frost depth and at least 8” wide.
- Set level grade marks by driving stakes into the soil and either cutting or marking them for the desired elevation and minimum 6” thickness.
- Mix concrete to fill to the top of stakes and carefully grading to flatness although leaving a slightly rough surface.
- Next, mix mortar for bricks then begin stacking them to the desired height. Some people may like to stack them high enough to protect the lower portions of the framing from the weather. If you do this use a good brick flashing on top to shed rain outside the bricks.
Cinder Block, less expensive compared to brick, is also a great material to use. Depending on the block thickness, 4”, 6”, or 8” you will need to provide an appropriate footing width. The installation is much the same as a brick so following the same steps and tool needs will suffice.
DURASKIRT™ is by far the easiest way to close off the bottom of sheds (no footing required). Cutting these panels requires a diamond blade in a circular saw. The only tools needed for DURASKIRT™ shed skirting are a saw, shovel, and a caulking gun. For figuring materials, measure the outside lineal footage and desired panel height.
To save additional money, panels can often be cut down in half to save money. DURASKIRT™ is great for storage sheds. Ordering is also easy and delivery to your home is by LTL freight. Call 360-419-9909 and order your shed skirting today!
Landscape Blocks are another way you can close the bottom of sheds. Can be used and does not require a footing either. The main drawback is their wider widths. Otherwise, they are a very good way of keeping varmints from taking up residence under your shed. You will also need to add a brick metal over the top of them.
Now that you know the best ways for closing off (hide) the bottom of your shed it’s time to stop procrastinating and do the job! It will be rewarding, and you’ll be glad you did it.