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How to protect your wood shed this winter

With strong winds, heavy rain, and snow, the winter months can take a toll on your shed. By conducting proper maintenance and taking the following precautions you can help your shed survive the winter and avoid any costly repairs.

 

Apply a treatment to your shed

Check your shed for signs of potential problems and apply the appropriate treatment. There are a variety of shed treatments, from standard oil-based treatments that are absorbed by the timber and provide water and UV protection to treatments that protect your shed from insects and fungus.

 

 

 

Secure your roof

The roof of your shed is particularly vulnerable during the winter months as heavy rain and strong winds can regularly occur. Check the roof of your shed, both inside and out, for any rusted nails that could come loose in the wind, sagging felt, or any signs of mould or damp.

 

 

 

Shed doors

The door is usually the first casualty if your shed suffers any damage during the winter. The hinges on your shed door are generally only attached with short screws. You can replace these screws with thicker bolts and nuts to provide extra strength to the hinge and ensure that your door can withstand the rain and high winds.

 

 

Seal the windows

In order to properly inspect your windows, you should check for cold air and drafts that can be felt from the inside of the shed. The next step is to seal both the inside and the outside of your windows, making sure to eliminate any drafts with insulation tape. This will protect your shed from any moisture being brought in with the cold air.

 

 

Protect the floor

Most rot in wooden sheds is caused by water in the ground being absorbed into the foundations and then into the floor. Wooden floors in garden sheds are elevated to enable the circulation of air underneath the foundation. It’s crucial to maintain this air flow, particularly in winter conditions where mud and sludge become common occurrences.

 

 

Open the doors and windows

Make sure you regularly open the doors and windows of your shed to allow good air flow. Most people don’t use their shed as much in the winter and the air can become stagnant and hold more moisture.

 

 

 

 

Give your shed some breathing room

Store any perishable materials, like cardboard and paper, off the floor and away from walls of your shed. These materials can absorb moisture from the timber and prevent your shed from being able to breathe and cause mould damage.

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