Why, and how, you should care for your shed

Posted by Tom Hebdige on

Sheds and garden buildings are a large purchase for most people, so naturally, we want the best life for them, to get the best bang for our buck. This is why looking after, and preserving your shed is so important!

The first thing to check, which ideally should have been dealt with when first erecting a shed, is to check that the floor is level. If the base of the shed isn’t level, this will cause the shed to lean, putting pressure on the joints and could lead to the shed leaking, or even breaking completely.

Secondly, you should try and make sure your shed is always clean. No one likes a dirty shed, but leaving a shed dirty can lead to a whole manner of things, from wood rot to a build-up of mould and algae. Shed cleaning products can be purchased at most reputable garden and DIY retailers and will remove mould, algae and everything else, to make sure your shed looks perfect.

Next, you want to make sure your shed is protected using a preserving agent. All our sheds come with tanalised timber, which is a form of preservative, which will help prolong the life of your shed, but we always recommend adding extra protection, just to be safe.

shed base

Traditional products such as creosote, or paint are fine, as long as you make sure to purchase products that contain preserving agents. Most products will state on them that they are designed to protect and preserve your shed, but if not, we recommend checking with the retailer to make sure they do.

Finally, we always recommend keeping an eye on the roof of the shed. Whether the roof is felted, or covered in a different manner, you always want to make sure it is fully intact and doesn’t have any leaks. Catching a leak early, and rectifying it will prevent the leak damaging the inside of the shed, and ultimately destroying it entirely.

We also recommend treating your shed with a preservative often. This makes sure the preserving agents in your chosen preservative are doing the best job they can.

Placing a shed in between bushes or trees make look nice, but this isn’t always a good thing for your shed. Bushes, trees, and plants can protrude into your shed, causing structural damage, inevitably causing leaks or even breaking the shed completely. Making sure there is space between any foliage and your shed will ensure this never happens.

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