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How to Level and Prepare Space for a New Carport or Garage

concrete slab for carport

Carport on a Concrete Slab

Figuring out where to put a garage or a carport is one of the most exciting aspects of getting a new storage structure. I’ve found that there are some people who know exactly where they’re going to put the new garage while others debate between two or three spots on their property. Well, whether you buy a garage or a carport, the area needs to be properly prepared for the arrival of the storage structure. I thought I would spend this week’s blog explaining how to level your yard and prepare it for a carport or shed.

Foundation for a Carport

When it comes to choosing a foundation for a carport, there are some people who immediately picture a concrete base. Other people may envision a gravel base for a metal carport. The type of foundation you choose depends a lot on the environment. For instance, if you get a lot of rain, putting it on the ground without a gravel or concrete foundation is probably not the best idea for your carport. Water has a tendency to collect on the surface and may even pool in some places. The idea is to keep the water away from your carport. A gravel base or concrete pad allows water to drain into the ground. Furthermore, gravel is less expensive to use than concrete. Concrete is a durable type of material, but in some cases it may not be necessary when creating a base for a carport.

Specifics of Putting Down a Gravel Foundation

I recommend that you put down four to six inches of gravel for the base. You can even frame the base with wooden rails so the gravel will stay in the area around your carport. Look at the specific dimensions of the shed you want to buy and make the gravel base two feet longer and two feet wider than the structure. This way you’ll have a little room to walk around the structure and the extra space will help to keep the walls free of mud, dirt and other debris. You may want to choose gravel in the form of 3/4″ blue stone. You are looking for gravel that will provide the most effective drainage. Once you dump the gravel and spread it with a rake, you can use a bubble string level to make sure it is evenly distributed.

Concrete slab for your Carport or Metal Garage

When thinking about how to level your yard for a carport or garage, you may want to consider putting down a concrete slab. There are benefits that come with having a concrete slab. For one, you won’t have to park in standing water. Tires can suffer wear and tear if they are forced to sit in water for long periods of time. By putting down a slab, your tires will be on top of the concrete and under the protection of the carport.

A Concrete Slab Base

The size of a concrete slab for a carport or garage depends on the dimensions of the carport you choose. The dimensions of the concrete slab should be one foot wider and longer than the base dimension of the carport itself. An example would be if you decided on a carport measuring 12×30, you would need a concrete slab measuring 13×31.

If you are confident about your DIY skills, you can create the concrete slab yourself. Of course, it’s more costly to hire professionals due to the labor and equipment, but if you are unsure about handling the job the cost may be worth it.

Finally, I’d like to mention that we anchor our Alan’s Factory Outlet garages to the ground whether they are on a concrete or gravel base. Thanks for reading!-Alan

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