Skip to Content

How to Repair a Shed Floor that has Rotted

Sharing is caring!

Learn how to repair a shed floor that has rotted. When we updated this she shed, we needed to fix this floor that was rotten. It wasn’t hard!

One of the first steps to creating my she shed was to start by repairing the floor. The shed was built in 2005 or 2006, and it’s raised up off the ground so there’s no ground contract with the shed’s floor. The entrance of the shed was a garage door and the broken seal along the edges allowed water to get into the shed. Over time, the flooring began to rot and eventually we were left with moldy, rotten wood.

The floor looked like this…

Corner of our shed floor that is rotten and starting to break through. This was caused by water leaking through the seam in the garage door.

This post may contain affiliate links which may earn me commissions should you click through them and take certain actions. As an affiliate for Amazon, Cricut, xTool, Home Depot, and other sites, I earn from qualifying purchases. Please DIY carefully. View my full legal disclosures here.

Please read the whole post so you don’t miss any important information!

We had to cut a section of the rotted wood away to determine what thickness wood to buy for the floor. It was 3/4″. Per the recommendation of our local lumber company, I purchased (1) 4×8 3/4″ Treated CDX plywood (Home Depot seems to call this RTD Sheathing) for this project.

CDX is commonly used for subflooring. CDX is treated so it’s a bit more resistant to water, but it’s not waterproof; it will expand when exposed to moisture, but dry fast. Prices of wood are high right now so the panel cost me $80. Ugh. Fortunately, we only needed one piece as the rest of the flooring was fine.

This was a pretty basic job. We cut away the damaged flooring with our circular saw, added scrap pieces of 2x4s for supports, then attached the new pieces of plywood flooring. There was some smaller gaps where the old floor and new floor met, but we used spray insulation foam. NOT the best option probably. Looking into it now, it looks like one option is polyurethane subfloor caulk. It doesn’t look perfect, but once I install real flooring over the CDX, it should look fine!

Here’s a video of the process. For the breakdown, keep scrolling.

How to Repair a Rotten Shed Floor

Step 1: Remove anything that’s in the way. We needed to remove the garage door (which we will be replacing).

Step 2: Cut away your rotten wood. Do not hit floor joists.

Cutting the section of subfloor that had rotted.

Step 3: Add 2x4s perpendicular to the joists. These will provide support for your new floor.

Add extra supports as needed.

Adding 2x4 scraps between the floor joists to provide additional support for the new piece of subfloor.

Step 4: Cut your new floor boards to the correct size.

Step 5: Install new plywood.

Cutting plywood for the flooring and sliding it into place.

Step 6: Attach flooring to your supports and joists. We used 1 1/4″ Spax screws.

Step 7: Caulk or spray foam where the wood meets.

Left photo: Floor is screwed down into the floor joists and supports.

Right photo: We used spray foam to close up the gap to keep cold air from getting into the space.

We will add flooring over it once the rest of the shed is finished.

The finished subfloor isn't pretty, but we will be covering this with real flooring so it's not a major issue.

Please share and pin this post! If you make this project, share it in our Stuff Mama Makes Facebook Group. We have regular giveaways for gift cards to craft stores. You can also tag me on Instagram @doityourselfdanielle; I love seeing everything you make!

How to repair a rotten shed floor. If you have a piece of flooring that is rotten, you can cut away the bad piece and replace it easily. Here's how.
How to fix a rotten shed floor. How we replaced our shed floor in our efforts to convert an old shed into a she shed and office space.

Google Web Story: How to Fix a Rotten Floor

Sharing is caring!