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Maintaining your shed or other timber garden building

Why would I want to maintain my shed? Surely they just look after themselves?

Maintain your shed

Getting it right from delivery of your shed

All of our sheds and garden buildings require you to prepare a suitable level base onto which they can be built. Without a solid base, your garden building, which you have invested in, could subside and become damaged. Firstly, you must clear the area of rubble and detritus – any decaying organic matter could lead to fungal or rot damage to the timbers of your shed etc.

You should make your hard-standing from concrete, level paving slabs, timber decking (great for log cabins) or even one of our timber or plastic base kits. If using decking or paving slabs, in time these can become uneven with ground movement or decay. It's worth checking under you sheds, periodically.

Once you have a base in place, you can begin building your garden building. Sometimes it makes sense to place a plastic membrane between the bottom of your shed and the hard-standing – especially when using timber decking. At the very least, it's worth while coating the bottom of your garden building with a preservative coating.

Once built, you should ensure that the grass or foliage around the perimeter of your shed, or garden building, is cut back. Allowing plants to grow close to a shed's walls could lead to damp and decay. Equally, it is best not to store your bags of peat, soil or mulch against the walls of your garden building.

Hinges and key locks are often over looked. These should be sprayed with a water-repellent lubricant, especially before winter.

Keeping an Eye on your Shed Roof

The humble garden shed – highly functional, Tardis-like in its storage abilities, holder of all your clutter and a great retreat for Dad.

We invest a lot of money in our garden sheds and just expect them to last forever, often we neglect their basic maintenance. This is a false economy, maintaining your shed take little effort or time but could result in your shed lasting 20 years or more!

So it makes perfect sense to keep your shed in good order.

Maintaining your shed or log cabin
Shed roof felt damage

The roof of your shed is most likely protected from rain by a layer of mineral felt. This can tear or become damaged during heavy storms. You should examine your shed roof periodically, particularly after storms and patch up any torn or damaged areas. You may also check inside your shed for evidence of leaks or damp. Generally, roof felt lasts at least 5 years – once your shed is around this age you should consider re-felting your shed's roof. If left, water could accumulate which will lead to rot and premature decay.

Another way to protect your shed is to attach guttering. This helps to channel water away from the perimeter of your shed or into a water-butt. The stops the ground around your sheds base becoming waterlogged, which can lead to subsidence or rot.

Our sheds either have overlap or tongue and grove cladding, which is superior and better and keeping the elements out. The timbers can also be dip or pressure-treated. If dip-treated you will still need to apply a protective coating at regular intervals.

If you have a log cabin, you will need to treated the timbers within a week of assembly. The logs are not treated at the factory so as to make it easier to install.

Protecting your shed walls

Protecting your Shed's Timber

By maintaining your garden building properly, you can enjoy it for many years to come. So don't neglect your shed, they need a little attention from time-to-time...

If you think your shed needs new felt adding to its roof, take a look at our video below to learn how to do it.
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