We offer two main types of anchoring for our structures: Base Brackets (left pic) and Anchor Posts (right pic).
Which one you decide to go with largely depends on your application and location. They are not to be used together, it is a one or the other option. No matter which option you choose, please be aware, there is no such thing as too many anchors!
Although the building can be anchored directly into the ground with Anchor Posts, it can also sit on a slab, curb or beam or it can be elevated on some sort of a wall. Base brackets with lag bolts are supplied standard to fasten the building to the chosen form of foundation. Anchor Postsare available at an additional cost.
Anchor Posts must be set into concrete when:
the soil has been recently excavated (within the last 5 years)
it is required by the building code (use of concrete usually classifies the building as permanent)
extremely windy and exposed areas exist (at least use on the corner posts)
more than 10% of the anchor post will be out of the ground (upgrading anchor post size may be needed)
there are areas where erosion has been a problem in the past
Anchor Posts SHOULD NOT be used (and base brackets used instead) when:
the soil is a very heavy clay (heaving would be a constant problem)
there is a shallow rock layer
there are major amounts of rocks interfering with the accuracy of anchor post setting
the structure will be moved shortly (anchor posts must be cleaned out before reusing)
**Recommendations are based on years of experience. Ultimately the customer is responsible to properly anchor a structure**
Please see our installation pages for a more detailed breakdown of this topic Base Brackets vs Anchor Posts
The main function of anchors is to prevent uplift. Do not forget about the “foundation function” as well which is meant to prevent settling or lateral shifting.
Improperly anchoring a building from up lift, down force and lateral movement will all, equally, cause problems and expense.
There are many different ways of anchoring a building because there are so many circumstances which people are dealing with.
When anchors can be installed at opposing angles, they work against each other and therefore will multiply their holding power.
Care must be taken to stay away from anchors that will bend (i.e. re-bar).
When the anchors are going straight into the ground, care must be taken to ensure proper holding power. This is most often done with plugs of concrete.
When anchors have been extended out of the ground, care must be exercised to eliminate the possibility of outward lean.
It is important to consider the total amount of square inches of contact area between anchors and soil. Many time fewer big anchors is less holding power.
One thing which simply can not be stressed enough is that there simply is no such thing as too many anchors. Anchors are generally very inexpensive, especially when you are looking with hind site at some damage.
For more details and to watch an illustration, please see our YouTube Video below