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Building storage shed ramps are practical for many home owners that are setting up their own storage shed. Owning a functional storage shed in your backyard will add more value to your home. It is a great way of storing junk and trash away from your priceless house. And, storage units with shed ramps would look exceptionally classy.

The ramps will help you load and unload heavy items in an effortless manner. It is quite interesting to note that most sheds don’t come with pre-built ramps. This is why you should exert some effort and identify ramps that would fit the pre-framed structure. Conversely, in this article you will read on how to build a shed ramp.

Steps to Building Storage Shed Ramps That Are Functional

The steps outlined below will help you build fast and sufficient ramps for your storage sheds no time. If you store a lot of heavy equipment that requires a dolly cart, having a ramp is a wise decision for your storage shed.

Identify Where The Ramps Would be Attached

Firstly, you must comprehend the fact that ramps are attached to shed directly. There is no gap between the ramp and its shed. Before you fix a ramp to your shed, you must drill one-inch holes below the shed’s lip. When compared against the diameter of your shed’s bolts, these holes must be significantly smaller.

Moving on, you must cut 2 x 8 and 2 x 4 foot pieces of lumber. The length of these lumber pieces should be equivalent to the width of your shed’s actual lip. Drill holes in this board and line them up with the lip of your shed.

Choosing Materials For the Ramp

Now, you should identify wood for your shed’s ramp. The ramp will require a huge (yet single) piece of wood. In most cases, a 4 x 4 inch wood piece would be sufficient. The lumber must be at least 2 feet wide. You can customize the ramp’s size based on the actual dimensions of your shed.

Additionally, remember to measure the distance between the shed’s lip and ground level. Generally, the lumber piece must be at least 0.75 foot for even 4 inch off the ground! And, the lumber piece must be laid at 45 degrees.

Verify If the Ground Is Prepared

Before you install storage shed ramps, make sure the ground is perfectly prepared. Often, novice DIYers tend to forget the need for leveled ground surfaces. This is when ramps become weak and unreliable. As the length of the lumber is identified, you must clear the surface in-front of it. Lay the actual board and make sure it falls within clean grounds.

Also, stake the final position of the board. Experienced constructors dig small trenches to meet-up with the shed’s lid. The trench will serve as an effective anchor for the storage shed’s ramp. In most cases, the final strength and life of your shed’s ramp will depend on this trench.

Building the Actual Ramp

Conversely, it’s time to prepare the actual shed ramp. With a perfect ground and well-prepared shed, you will be ready to construct the actual ramp. For this, you must place two 4 x 4 inch boards horizontally on the ground. From the tip of the board, you should measure 2-inches backwards and half-an-inch downwards.

This is where a vertical line should be drawn to identify the slanting end. Use a circular saw to cut these boards. The notched ends should be anchored with leveled pieces of wood. Make sure the wood pieces fit perfectly in the trench. If you are happy with the sharp edged lumber piece, you must nail and align them permanently.

Factors That Control Storage Shed Ramps

Though there are number of DIY guidelines on how to build storage shed ramps, four important factors will control the ultimate effectiveness of your structure. These elements must be devoured an utmost level of concern, before you start construction.

The Shed’s Slope

First of all, keep an eye on the slope’s actual degree. This is a critical parameter, which would control the ramp’s efficiency and performance. The ramp’s degree will depend on what you would move on it! Usually, a 20 to 35 degree slope will be sufficient to move medium-sized objects like washing machines and microwave ovens.

Safety and Security

Secondly, you must make sure the slope is safe and secure. Steep ramps are filled with many dangers. For example, you should be predominantly careful when you lift heavy items on steep ramps. There is always a chance of you tripping or slipping from the ramp.

With this being said, make sure the ramp is safe and secure for everyone. This should be your top priority. Stick onto local building codes and guidelines before you decide on a ramp for your storage shed.

Moving on, the storage shed ramp should be easy to use. By default, this is one of the prime reasons behind the construction of any ramp. The structure must let you move things into and out of your shed easily. Having a 40 degree ramp may seem useful in some cases; however, it will not be easy-to-use at all times.

Extra effort must be devoured when you push things up the ramp. So, make sure the ramp is truly easy to use and shaped perfectly. Opt for professional assistance, if you are unsure of the structure’s user-friendly nature.

Smooth Surfaces

Last but certainly not least, the ramp’s surface should be perfect and ideally chosen. You can pick from different types of materials like steel, wood and concrete. These are commonly used surfaces with characteristic benefits and drawbacks. Always decide on an affordable material that would make the ramp rough (yet smooth). You should be capable of pushing things up the ramp easily (but without slipping).

Some DIYers tend to opt for rubberized floors with anti-slipping agents. These agents can combat friction and make life easier. Additionally, you can lay fabricated metal sheeting or galvanized wires on the ramp to improve resistance.

On the whole, you must keep in mind few important parameters before you build storage shed ramps. The structure must serve its purpose fully. Always remember that storage shed ramps should be safe, efficient, easy to use, rough and perfectly-sloped. And, don’t forget to construct a complete ramp with the right kind of surface.