How to Maintain Your Garden Shed to Keep it Perfect
With high-quality garden sheds and rooms being an investment for your garden, you’ll want to know how to maintain it so that it lasts for years to come. This X-point guide should help!
- Make sure the base is the right one – preparation is key for making sure that the environment in which the shed is placed contributes to it not disintegrating. High-quality wooden sheds will be weather treated so that they are able to fend off issues presented by weather for longer than ones that aren’t. But if the base doesn’t allow water to drain freely away, it should lead to the shed base rotting away quicker than it should. You should always make sure that the base supports the shed both in terms of stability and drainage.
- Consider its location – another tip is to be careful about where you place your garden shed. Depending on what you want to use it for, you may be tempted to put it in the corner of the garden out of the way. Check for overhanging branches as well as how protected it would be from the weather. Extreme weather such as being in full sun can affect the shed. Sun is just as harsh as endless rain, and wind can whip up debris too. Consider where is the best place for your new garden shed.
- Paint or stain it – the best protection for a garden shed is a waterproof layer on its timbers. Painting your garden shed with exterior wood paint or exterior wood stain is the best way of doing this. Even better, there is a growing range of colours from which you can choose which means you can paint or stain your new garden building, so it stands out or blends into its surroundings.
- Cut back overhanging trees or shrubs – one thing that can cause damage is when overhanging tree branches or shrubs continually knock against the sides or the roof. When the autumn gales blow through, they can do so with serious strength. Banging against the side of your garden building, the fabric of the shed can be damaged. In most cases, this is easy and simple to fix but you don’t really want it damaged in the first place.
- Check the roof after storms have blown through – the roof of your garden shed is just like the roof on your property: it is an integral piece of strength. It keeps the four walls in position as well as keeping the interior of your shed dry. After winter storms have passed, check the roof and its material for damage. Consider upgrading the roofing material too so that you have a really robust roofing material that keeps rain and all the elements (and pests!) out.
- Check for pest damage – from mice nibbling away in the corners for nesting material to other rodents and insects, there are all kinds of pests that can enjoy the safety, dryness and warmth of your garden building as well as you. The secret is to spot problems signs early and treat them accordingly so that pests cause little or no damage to your shed.