Garden sheds were originally designed to offer storage for outdoor landscaping equipment. As the sheds evolved, the design options changed. Eventually, the typical garden shed grew into everything from storage for landscaping items to living areas and guest homes. If you are considering changing your garden shed into a guest home or similar environment, you will need flooring upgrades. Here are some steps that can help create an ideal environment for flooring installation to run smoothly.

Smoothing the Floor

Most garden shed floors are concrete. Over the years, you may add certain items to your shed that need to be bolted down. You may also have items screwed or even built into the concrete for expansions or added storage. These items can cause damage to the concrete including holes and sometimes cracks. When you remove the items from the concrete, a hole is left behind. These areas should be filled in and the entirety of the shed floor smoothed to give an even surface for the new flooring. This even surface will help avoid dips in the floor and uneven tiles or wood placement.


You may not consider the climate when you begin the flooring replacement and installation process. The truth is, the climate of the garden shed can have a great deal to do with the type of flooring you need. For example, if the shed is not climate-controlled year-round, then you will want a flooring option that can hold up regardless of the heat or cold. However, if you plan on keeping the building climate controlled throughout the year, then your flooring options will expand. You should also consider the humidity levels of your environment. If there is a high level of humidity, then you will want flooring that can hold up to that and not warp or crack. 


Before you choose the flooring and begin the flooring installation process, you should consider the maintenance you are willing to provide. Some floors have very low maintenance. An example of a low-maintenance flooring solution would be vinyl wood planks or tiles. However, if you are willing to put in more maintenance time, then a form of hardwood may be ideal.

When you have taken the steps mentioned here, contact your flooring contractor. They can inspect the area and determine if additional steps are necessary before installing the floor. Once you have decided on the flooring you want, the contractor can begin the flooring installation process. If there are any questions you have about the flooring installation, you can ask them during your first consultation.