How To Look After Your Shed
So, you’ve got yourself a new shed / workshop to store your tools and tool box and it looks and smells great. Here are some tips on how to keep it that way for years to come.
You wash your hair many times a month, and your shed deserves to be ‘treated’ once a year, at least. Preservative treatments vary; from anti-rot coating, to wood varnish, to range of pastel colored paints, if that’s your thing. All these things preserve the wood way beyond its natural lifespan.
While the wood should last for a decade or more, felt lasts for half that time, and so needs to be checked and replaced in order to prevent water and damp from harming that precious, lovely smelling wood.
Inside – Out
It is not only the outside but the inside that matters, for even tiny leaks or holes can wreak havoc with the wood. Fix any such holes immediately, and even consider ‘treating’ your interior, even with varnish, to preserve the integrity of the whole structure.
A Solid Base
Most shed-fitters will install a base which is flat and raised enough to allow rainfall to pass under it. However, it can still become clogged with leaves, and will need checking from time to time, to ensure that it’s not rotting or allowing moisture to harm the flooring of your shed.
An inexpensive window putty or sealant can be applied to the outside of your shed window, to prevent any unwanted moisture from creeping in. It doesn’t matter if it is liberally applied; your shed is supposed to be rugged and durable, not a work of art.
A suitable, multi-purpose lubricant spray can be applied to the hinges and even padlock fastening your shed door. This should prevent the need to replace rusty hinges, which is actually a surprisingly difficult, two-man job.
Ensure that your shed is not pushed up against a garden fence or tree. This can lead to friction, damp, and even nesting and infestation. Keep the shed free from contact and it should minimize unnecessary wear and tear.
You shouldn’t be storing highly valuable contents in a flimsy wooden structure, but you might want to store the kids’ bikes in there. Just be careful that any excess mud or rainwater doesn’t damage the wood; install some plastic sheeting, and avoid wet objects from resting anywhere except for on the floor.