Do I Need To Anchor My Backyard Shed? (Find Out Now!)

No matter how sturdy a shed may seem, it never hurts to put in extra work to protect it from the elements. You should always anchor your shed so that it doesn’t take on excessive wind damage. Whether it be the wind or freezing temperatures, let’s take a look at why you should anchor your shed.

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You may find yourself owning the shed of your dreams. In doing so, you should also take all the precautions to take care of it. When the movers that haul the shed place it where you want it, you have decisions to consider.

Almost all types of sheds should be anchored in one way or another to avoid them being moved by heavy winds. Additionally, during the winter the freezing temperatures can cause the ground under your shed to move. If you are considering whether or not to anchor your shed, by all means, go for it. Anything you can do to keep your shed safe is worth the time, money, and effort. It is not only for the shed but for everything you own inside of the building.

There are other things you need to consider when putting a shed on your property. Some states require permits and make it mandatory to have it anchored down. Different zones and counties have additional rules, so it is a safe bet to check before doing anything.

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What Is the Purpose of Shed Anchors?

A steady wind in a thunderstorm can produce winds up to 70 to 80mph. The wind gusts can sometimes go over 100mph in some areas. Shed anchors go in the ground or within a cement foundation to keep the shed from blowing over.

A shed is nothing like a house, but it is closer to a mobile home. They both can blow over and get thrown around if the wind takes control. Sheds are lightweight and need to be level, stable, and secure to the ground.

Shed anchors go deep into the ground and can hold the shed from the floor or go over the roof. Having a cable or chain go over the top will support the entire structure. If the shed is anchored from the floor, it will just keep it safe from flipping over.

Another reason shed anchors work perfectly is because it keeps the shed in place and level. Most people do not know this, but the ground shifts a little bit over time. Mobile homes and sheds need to be leveled every two to three years. If the shed is anchored well, the period can go longer, saving you money.

Is It Worth the Effort to Anchor Down My Shed?

Perhaps the question that should take this one’s place would be, “Do you value your stored stuff and the shed?” Consider it like insurance. You may never need it, but when you do, you are so glad to have it.

No one can tell when a storm or strong gust of wind can take your valuables. People who live along the coast know how fast a hurricane can pop up. It is also better to be prepared when you set up the shed than to wait until the last minute.

You should consider this loophole about homeowner insurance if the shed gets damaged along with the contents inside. If the shed is not anchored down, the insurance may not cover the damages. It is something you will have to check out in the policy.

One last thought is the wind can throw a double-wide, and water can float away a house. What will happen to your shed if it is not anchored down? Even if it is loaded with a four-wheeler, lawnmower, and other heavy supplies, it is not enough.

Steps in Anchoring Down Your Shed

There are different ways people anchor down their sheds, but it all comes out working the same. Before anything is done, you have to know what type of anchors you want to use. The size and the material of the shed make a significant difference.

These are the different types of anchors:

  1. Cable anchors.
  2. Metal Straps.
  3. Galvanized connectors.
  4. Twist in Anchors.
  5. Chain anchors.
  6. Concrete tie-downs.

Step 1: Find out the Regulations and Codes for Anchoring Sheds

Go through the local ordinances and the National Building Codes to see the current regulations for sheds. With every natural disaster, these codes change, so it is better to be on the safe side. Amendments to codes happen unannounced to the public annually.

There are two types of regulations and codes. One is the logical and helpful one which goes into detail about materials and sizes. The other one is how much cash they can collect with fines in new zoning permits.

Step 2: Put the Anchors in the Ground

You will have to dig a hole for some anchors, put the anchor in, and fill it with concrete. Others require a powerful impact drill to drill the anchors into the ground. It depends on which ones you purchase and whether the shed sits on blocks or a concrete slab.

Step 3: Connect All Four Connections to the Anchors

Whether you are using a chain, cables, or any other strap, tie-down the shed firmly. If you are using the skids or frame, grooves should cut into 2x4s where the strap or chain goes. Each corner should have its tie-down to the anchor to hold the shed down from the floor.

For straps or chains, going over the roof, strap one to the front and go over the top. On the same side of the building, tie the back half the same way as the anchor in the front. Follow the same procedure on the other side of the shed.

Step 4: For Other Straps

The Metal straps have a different setup on the anchor. They have a bolt that the strap wraps around as you turn the bolt. When it reaches the end, it locks itself into place for a firm hold.

The rest of them all work the same. They all go on one side, wrap around the board or top, and come back into the same loop. For the ones that are anchoring the roof, the anchor in the back will connect.

Other Reasons to Have Your Shed Tied Down

Tieing down your shed will add stability and strength to the building. You will notice the shed will not vibrate or shake when you open the door. It will also not have the rocking effect when the wind blows, or you walk across the floor.

Safety is Always a First Reason

If the wind takes away your shed, one thing is a life-threatening hazard. Most sheds have electricity going to them. If yours has electricity, it is safer knowing the electricity stays connected if your shed remains in place.

Another reason tieing it down keeps everyone safe. The last thing anyone would want is a shed rolling over chasing them. If it is headed to destroy other people’s property, the homeowner and shed owner are responsible for the damages.

About the Top Four Anchors of Choice

Construction workers and those who anchor down buildings for a living have their favorite methods to anchor down. These are the top four choices the professionals say work the best.

  1. Concrete Expansion Anchors: They are bolts used within an existing concrete slab. They work best if the shed and concrete are already built.
  2. Anchor Bolts: These are designed for the concrete right before it dries completely. When it is soft, it is easy to put in place. When the concrete cures, it firmly holds the bolts in place for a reliable anchor.
  3. Foundation Straps and Anchor Plates: This type of anchor is used for temporary or permanent. It is for foundations and sheds that are already in place.
  4. Shed Anchors Auger Style: These are rods with screw discs to screw in the ground with a powerful industrial or impact drill. These are very challenging to screw into the ground, especially when it is hard ground. The ring at the top is where the cables or chains go to tie down to the building.

Securing the Different Types of Sheds

There are three different types of sheds that you may have to take into consideration when anchoring. Each one is a different scenario, and using the wrong anchor can damage the shed.

Securing Wooden Sheds

Wood is one of the sturdiest materials used in making sheds. All of the items used for anchoring are good choices. It is the only shed you have this option to choose between all of the listed anchors.

Securing Plastic Sheds

Plastic is among the weakest to hold its own in anchoring. It would be best if you secured it to the ground with cables or straps. Screws will not hold, and chains will damage the shed.

Securing Metal Sheds

The same applies to the metal sheds as the wooden sheds, even though the metal sheds are lighter.

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Related Questions

What is the best method to secure a shed?

Concrete is the best method. All others will deteriorate or rust over time.

Since wooden sheds are heavy, do they still need to be anchored?

Yes. It does not matter how heavy the shed is or what it is made of in material. Water will make it float away, and the wind can blow it away if it is not anchored.

How much do sheds cost?

It depends on the size and material of the shed, but the prices range from $400 to $17,000.

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