As the months get colder and the shed feels as if it is situated in Narnia, we tend to care for our gardens less. But it’s the ideal time to think of protecting your shed against the winter elements. And we have compiled a handy list to ensure that your shed and shed cladding remains in tip-top shape, whether it rains, snows, sleets or it is below zero.
A lot of damage can be caused to a garden because of humidity, cold temperature, wet weather and strong winds. These conditions also mean that timber can swell and put added pressure on its joints, which leads to damage. To prevent this from happening it is good practice to loosen the timber joints on a shed and/or other garden buildings at the start of autumn. Ensure that those same joints are tightened as soon as it starts to become warm again, as the shed can lose strength.
It is also a good idea to annually treat wooden sheds with a wood treatment. This will prevent damage, such as rot, from occurring. A wood treatment paint that is oil based is good to bring some colour to a garden, as well as protecting against rot and water damage.
You may use your shed to store gardening equipment or to store household items. Regardless of what you store within it, it is a good idea to re-examine everything you have stored and think whether you may have to store some pieces elsewhere, especially electrical appliances. It is also not a good idea to stack items against the shed walls, as this can weaken the building. Also avoid hanging items from the roof of your shed, as this can also weaken your shed and cause damage.
It is a good idea to install external guttering onto your shed, if not included already. Kits that are specially designed for guttering are available from major DIY stores. Once this is installed. ensure that it remains free of debris, (especially in the winter months). This will ensure that it remained unclogged, in working order at all times and won’t cause damage to your shed.
To avoid water leaking into the bottom of your shed or near your windows, it is advised that clear sealant is added to the edges of windows. Also, make sure to check the base of your shed, to ensure that water is draining properly from its foundation. A good indicator that it isn’t is if water is collecting around the base.
Snow can lead to leaks within a shed, as well as cracks. Avoid this by clearing all snow that collects on the roof of your shed. A good alternative would e to have roofing felt on your shed; the higher the quality, the higher the protection.