How to build a ramp for a shed – It might seem hard to build a shed ramp, but we’re here to help you through every step. Check out the first step in building a shed ramp before you go to the lumber store or Home Depot to make sure you have all the right tools. But first, let’s talk about how much it costs before we learn how to build a ramp for shed.
How much does a shed ramp cost to build?
Building a ramp for a shed can cost between $250 and $1,000. It is a wide range because there are many different kinds of shed ramps to choose from. Size, density, and material are just a few. Here’s a little more about how much shed materials cost.
Wood $200 – $500 Aluminum $500 – $750 Concrete $600 – $1000
How to Build a Ramp for a Shed
Here’s how to build a ramp for a shed. You can follow our guide step by step.
Step 1: Get tools for the ramp
You will need to have the following:
- Measurement tape
- Miter saw/table saw
- You will need the following:
- Slats or Decking Board
- Outside screws
Step 2: Set a goal and make a plan
How are you planning to use your shed after you build ramp for shed? What will the ramp most often be used to hold? This will help you figure out how big your shed ramp needs to be. If you want to use it for a simple tractor, you can use that tractor to figure out how big it needs to be. If you plan to use it for a variety of tools and machines, measure to the biggest one.
Step 3: Determine Slope
Not every shed is built on a flat surface. From where you put your shed, the slope could go in any direction. Before you can start building your shed ramp, you need to figure out the best angle for it. You should now know how long you want your ramp to be. Use these steps to figure out the slope and angle.
Bring your joist board to the shed’s base.
Start by measuring 1″ down the board for every 4″ long. For example, if your ramp is 1 foot long, measure 3″ down.
Then, change your angle based on where your shed is. If your land isn’t as sloped as 1:4, and you need to change the ratio, do it now.
Cut each of your joists’ angles.
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Step 4: Separate the pieces.
Now that you’re done planning and know what your shed ramps will be used for, you can start cutting the pieces. You ought to;
Ledger Board (the length of the shed door opening)
4 Joists (the length you chose for your ramp, including the end piece)
If you need braces
(If your shed ramp is longer, you might want to add more support on the side of the joists that are on the ground.)
Deck Ramp Pieces / Slats
Step 5: Excavate
You can now clean up some of the dirt that was around the bottom of your ramp. Set up a space where it will fit well. Make sure to check the level of your joists after excavation so that they are all the same height.
Step 6: Put everything together.
Put the ledger board and the joists together with your drill. You can also put on your braces if you didn’t do so in the steps above. Last, put the piece at the end of the joists, opposite the ledger board, to secure them.
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Step 7: Attach the ledger board to the shed.
The ledger board can now be screwed into the shed. After it’s safe, you can also put a few screws from the outside of the joists into the shed for extra support.
Check the level (Step 8)
Check the level one last time, since everything is now connected to the shed and each other. If you’re happy, you can move on to the next step.
Step 9: Backfill
Return the loose dirt to the area around the shed ramp. Fill in the space around the ramp and make it as close to the ground as you want. This is what will give you the smoothest drive onto the ramp as you fill in the beginning of the ramp.
Step 10: Add Decking Board + Slats
As you add the last few pieces, you’ll start to see your ramp coming together. We suggest that you cut your decking board a little longer than the base of your shed ramp. This will give you a little extra space. You can always trim it up when you have more time.
Step 11: The shed ramp is done.
Back up! You did DIY shed ramp! You should now be able to look at your shed ramp, which is finished and can hold the weight of your supplies. Please feel free to call us if you need help putting this together. We have a shed in stock in GA if you haven’t decided on a shed for your backyard yet. Check out what we have today!
Can I buy a shed ramp rather than build one?
Of course! Most of the time, you can buy shed ramps at the same place you bought your shed or at a nearby hardware store.
What are the different kinds of shed ramps?
You don’t have to build your own shed ramp out of wood. There are other ramps you might want to think about. Here are the two other materials you can use for a shed ramp besides wood.
Concrete Ramp for a Shed
If you want to build a ramp yourself, concrete ramps take longer to build than wooden ramps. If you do it right, concrete shed ramps will be stronger and last longer than wooden ramps. If you hire a contractor to build this for you, remind them to tamp the concrete so that your ramp will drain better.
Aluminum ramp for a shed
Aluminum shed ramps are also very long-lasting and a good choice for many sheds. These ramps will also cost less than a concrete ramp, and they will keep bugs and rot away just as well. If you build them yourself, they will take less time than concrete ramps.
Shed Rubber Ramp
Rubber shed ramps aren’t as common as the ones above, but they can still do the job. They are not very expensive, but you need to find the right size to buy. Rubber shed ramps really can’t be made yourself.