Adding a 10-by-10-foot wood shed to your backyard or garden adds value to your property. Knowing the weight of the shed comes in handy when attempting to move one, or if you want to order a kit and get it shipped to your home. You also need to know the weight of the shed in order to make sure the foundation supports the weight.
A 10-by-10-foot wood shed with a double door, an extra walk-in door and two windows weighs about 1,235 pounds as a ready-made kit with pre-cut wood. Most of these wood sheds do not come with a floor, so you must add that yourself. Some sheds include add-ons such as windows, flowerboxes, shutters, steeples and extra doors that add to the total weight of the kit.
The weight of the shed plays a lesser role than the width when it comes to moving a 10-by-10-foot shed. A shed of this size is difficult to move on public roads in its fully built condition. You may need to deconstruct the shed and rebuild it in its new location to make transportation easier. If you pull apart the shed first, using or renting a vehicle with a flatbed large enough to hold 1,200 or more pounds of shed materials means fewer trips moving the pieces from one location to another.
You may want to determine how much your shed weighs in order to determine if the foundation will hold up. Unless you know the weight of the kit used to build the shed, you may need to weigh the various components from which the shed was built to get the full weight. Weighing a sample of the wood used in the shed and multiplying that weight by the amount of wood used in the walls, roof and doors gives you a solid start. You also need to tally up the total weight of the shingles used on the shed roof. If your shed contains a floor separate from the foundation, you also need to determine the weight of the floor. The nails used to hold the boards together also add up, so you should count how many nails the shed required in total. Combining these four numbers gives you a solid estimate of the weight of your shed.
The weight of a 10-by-10-foot shed means you need to lay a solid foundation to help prevent slippage of the structure. Some builders lay a concrete slab foundation before erecting their shed. Concrete works well as a floor, too, especially if you plan to bring wet equipment into the shed. Some people use patio stones, pavers or concrete slabs on which to set their wood sheds. These lightweight foundations do not work well if you plan to store heavy equipment or supplies in your shed.
Nancy Wagner is a marketing strategist and speaker who started writing in 1998. She writes business plans for startups and established companies and teaches marketing and promotional tactics at local workshops. Wagner's business and marketing articles have appeared in "Home Business Journal," "Nation’s Business," "Emerging Business" and "The Mortgage Press," among others. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Illinois University.