Gravel Shed Pads and Foundations

Gravel shed foundation

A gravel pad is an affordable choice for a shed foundation. Having a gravel foundation for your shed or gazebo (or even for your above-ground pool) is one simple way to make your building last longer with less maintenance. A gravel pad ensures that your building has a solid, well-drained foundation.

Our goal is to keep our shed pad installation services affordable and fast. Generally, it takes less than a day to construct a gravel pad and when we leave, your site is ready for your new structure!

A. Ground leveled with skid loader.

B. Pressure-treated 4×6 perimeter w/rebar stakes to maintain stability.

C. 4’’- 6” of 3/4″ clean drainage stone, leveled and compacted.

D. Extra 12″ of stone on each side of structure for maximum drainage.

Gravel base for shed pad

How We Install Gravel Shed Pads

Where We Build Gravel Shed Pads

We build gravel shed pads throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic United States. We currently serve parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Connecticut, and West Virginia. You can learn more about our service area here.

Reviews From Past Shed Pad Customers

We’ve installed shed bases for 1000s of happy customers! Here’s what a few of our recent shed pad customers have to say:

Great job

Did a great job very courteous and helpful one highly recommend them just wish they

March 2, 2023

Great Job

Ben, AJ and Hezus did an outstanding job with my shed foundation. They were in

March 6, 2023

On time and helpful

They said they would be here between 7 and 8 am. They arrived at 7:02

William Lees
March 23, 2023

In less than four hours, my greenhouse foundation was built!

It would have taken me days, but Site Prep had my new greenhouse foundation built

April 6, 2023
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Gravel Shed Pad FAQ's

Do I need a concrete or gravel shed pad?

If your shed is built with a wood floor, you should choose a gravel pad; a concrete foundation is ideal for a shed without a prebuilt floor. You can read an in-depth comparison of each type of foundation in our article: "Gravel vs. Concrete: Which Shed Base is Best for You?"

What size of shed pad do I need?

Your gravel shed foundation should be 12" wider than your shed all the way around. So an 8'x12' shed should be installed on a 10'x14' pad. For more information, read our article about why your gravel shed foundation should be 12" wider than your shed. 

Is a gravel shed pad better than shed foundation blocks?

Absolutely. We don't recommend using shed foundation blocks for your shed base as they can cause structural problems in your building as time goes on. Learn more in our article about shed foundation blocks.

Do your gravel shed pads include fabric weed barrier?

Yes, fabric weed barrier comes standard on all our gravel shed pads. We believe it provides extra stability to your shed foundation by separating the gravel from the dirt below. Some of the features and benefits of our commercial-grade fabric weed barrier include:

  • Made from high-quality, non-woven polypropylene fibers
  • Prevents weeds from growing over covered areas
  • Great for filtration, reinforcement, separation, and erosion control
  • Helps to prevent clogging, extend drainage system life, and increase performance

What does it cost to install a shed pad?

You can request a price list with sample pricing for some of the common shed foundation sizes here! Prices are dependent upon your garage or shed site being within 8” of level. (If the pad is more than 8'' off level, additional charges may be applied by the site crew on the day of work being done)

  • Pad Between 8” to 14” Off Level - Add 20%
  • Pad Between 14” to 20” Off Level - Add 30%
  • Pad Between 20” to 26” Off Level - Add 40%
  • Pad More Than 26” Off Level - Custom Quote

For shed pads that exceed 26” off level, we recommend an upgrade to a 6x6 perimeter. While not required, this will add significantly more strength to your gravel shed foundation.

Are your gravel pads only for sheds?

No! Gravel pads also make great gazebo foundations, hot tub pads, patio/fire pit areas, and more! A gravel pad with stone dust (instead of 3/4" stone) is a great option for a horse row barn or run-in shed foundation. Feel free to contact us with questions about whether a gravel pad is right for your needs!

A gravel shed pad on a slope
A shed pad made from crushed stone with concrete pier footers in the corners