How to increase the longevity of your shed

Buying a shed can be an excellent idea. Providing vital space for tools, furniture and gardening equipment, your shed can be a highlight of your garden.

However, with so much use and everyday wear and tear, sheds need to be carefully looked after.

Buying a shed can be a huge commitment. By effectively adding an extra room onto your house, you are responsible for its upkeep – just as you would hoover and wipe down the kitchen.

Waltons has some top tips for you to help your garden stay on top form throughout the year. So if you’re willing to put in the extra elbow-grease, give your shed some tender loving care today!

Fighting off bad weather

The top priority with wooden sheds is keeping out the damp. During the rainy winter months, water can cause problems, making doors swell and locks stick. A waterlogged shed is no use to anyone and can be dangerous if you have an outdoor electricity supply.

Keeping the rain and snow at bay is key. By sealing your windows, you are providing your shed with extra protection against the elements.

The procedure is simple. Silicone, timber beading or alternative water-tight substances can be used to seal the deal. By lining gaps between wood and glass, you are ensuring that mould and damp patches remain at a minimum.

An annual coat of water-repellant treatment is well worth the investment. Although most sheds come with a factory basecoat, by renewing this protection you are making sure that no areas are missed and cover any patches that might have worn away.

However, log cabins tend to arrive untreated, so you will need to cover your outdoor shelter as soon as possible to avoid damp and future problems. These cabins can be stunning features for your garden, so it’s best to stop them falling into disuse and make the most of them.

Replace damage

Sometimes ‘out of sight, out of mind’ can cause more trouble than it’s worth! Although your shed is outside beyond the garden gate, you need to make sure that no damage has occurred behind your back.

Regularly go outside to check your shed for any damage. Broken or loose hinges, shattered slats or jagged nails may start out as a small problem, but left untreated they could bring the whole ship down.

Check the base of your shed. Is it level? Does it have any cracks? Avoid placing your shed near to an established tree as roots can sometimes cause damage to the foundations and cause them to become uneven.

Holes in the wood of your shed can provide handy hidey holes for wildlife. Make sure no dormice find their way into your toolkit!

In addition, rusty hinges should be lubricated. Left outside in all weather, hinges need to be treated well to give a full-functioning shed, and well-oiled, easy to use doors in every season.

Metal sheds

Relatively low maintenance, and handy for storing larger items, metal sheds still need to be taken care of.

Strong winds can sometimes cause trees and plants to scratch the metallic sides of your building. By making sure your shed is away from potential threats, you are saving time and money in the long-run.

Touching up any chipped paint will make sure you keep the weather at bay, whilst also making your shed look as good as new!

A common problem with metal sheds is rusting. However, Waltons recommends an easy solution: rub down the affected area with medium grade sandpaper and treat with rust inhibitor. Add a lick of paint and leave to dry.

But don’t panic, sheds are easy to maintain once you know what to look for. Make sure you keep an eye on your timber and you relax in the garden.

If you’re worried about your shed, or are looking for inspiration for a new addition to the garden, companies like Waltons are always at hand to ask for any helpful advice.


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November 5, 2013