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GARDEN SHED MAINTENANCE

As with most products the lifespan of garden buildings can be dramatically prolonged by taking a bit of time throughout the year to look after the building and tend to any repairs before they become more serious.

To help you get the best out of your buildings we have prepared a list of some of the key requirements in maintaining your garden buildings.

Wooden garden sheds & summerhouses

With most wooden sheds and structures the key to maintaining the building is ensuring that it remains on a firm and level base and protected against moisture penetration;

Seal your windows:

It is essential that all windows are sealed inside and out as soon as is possible after assembly. This could be achieved via the application of silicone, timber beading or any other suitable ‘water tight’ solution at your own preference.

wooden shed

Treat your building annually:

Although it may come with a factory basecoat you should treat your new garden building shortly after installation with a good quality water resistant treatment. This process should then be repeated annually with care taken to brush the treatment into all wooden components involved within the construction of the building, inside and out.

wooden summerhouse

Ensure nothing is in contact with your building:

Any overhanging tree or hedge growth poses a threat to your garden building and should be cut back at regular intervals. If a tree branch makes contact with your building it may pierce the roofing felt and encourage water ingress.

Check and replace any damaged felt:

If you do find any damage sustained to your roofing felt over time it is essential that you act upon this without delay. Should you discover a rip or tear in the felt it is recommended that this area be stripped from the roof and a new covering of high grade, heavy duty, mineral felt (which can be purchased online and/or at most retail DIY stores) be affixed immediately.

Check your base:

You should have already ensured the base was perfectly level at point of assembly but it is important to monitor this is still the case. Any movement of the base under the building can lead to twisting of the timber or dropping of the doors.

Lubrication:

All hinges should be lubricated with suitable oil to ensure continued ease of use. 

Log Cabins

As with any other wooden buildings a log cabin can also be at risk if it is not looked after correctly.

Treat your building annually:

It is likely that your log cabin will arrive untreated and therefore it is important that you treat the building as soon as is practical after installation with a good quality water resistant treatment. This process should then be repeated annually with care taken to brush the treatment into all wooden components involved within the construction of the building, inside and out.

wooden cabin

Ensure nothing is in contact with your building:

Any overhanging tree or hedge growth poses a threat to your garden building and should be cut back at regular intervals. If a tree branch makes contact with your building it may pierce the roofing felt and encourage water ingress.

Check and replace any damaged felt:

If you do find any damage sustained to your roofing felt over time it is essential that you act upon this without delay. Should you discover a rip or tear in the felt it is recommended that this area be stripped from the roof and a new covering of high grade, heavy duty, mineral felt (which can be purchased online from our store and/or at most retail DIY stores) be affixed immediately.

Check your base:

You should have already ensured the base was perfectly level at point of assembly but it is important to monitor this is still the case. Any movement of the base under the building can lead to twisting of the timber or dropping of the doors.

Lubrication:

All hinges should be lubricated with suitable oil to ensure continued ease of use. 

Metal Sheds

In principle metal sheds are a very low maintenance product that will stand the test of time well and cope with most things that the weather can throw at them. There are however a few steps that can be taken to help your metal shed last the distance;

Cleaning:

Units should be washed down regularly (at least twice a year) with soapy water.

Lubrication:

Hinges should be lubricated with suitable oil to ensure continued ease of use.

Paint Damage:

Any paint damage (as a result of the unit being knocked, dented or scratched) should be touched up with exterior touch-up paint immediately, as some rusting may occur if left untreated.

Rusting:

Should rusting occur we recommend that the following steps are followed:

  • affected area should be gently rubbed down with a medium grade sandpaper 
  • treat area with any rust inhibitor product 
  • Apply touch-up paint and leave to dry 

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