7 Great Steps for Maintaining a Shed
The proper tips to maintaining a shed. Purchasing a shed is a significant investment and you want to make sure you care for your shed well so that it will last for many years to come. Here are some ways you can care for and maintain your custom shed.
Check for Leaks and Cracks/Breaks
Make sure to check the shed periodically for any leaks, cracks, and other wear. If your shed is still pretty new it is unlikely that you will find anything, but it is still very good to check so you can be proactive with any fixes you need to make.
Any inclement weather or storm can take a toll on the shed, especially the roof. After storms, it is a good time to check for leaks. To find a leak look for any discoloration on the ceiling and walls. A darker patch could be an indication of moisture.
Sometimes you may spot condensation. Condensation occurs when moisture in the air comes in contact with a cold surface and forms water droplets or what looks like sweating. Don’t mistake this for a leak or a problem, it is normal for cold areas of a shed to produce condensation, especially the windows.
Water can also get into a shed through the ground if it is not on a foundation. A shed should always be set on a proper foundation to prevent moisture damage in the flooring.
Prevent Pest Infestations
It is not uncommon for insects to find your shed a cozy place to call home. With some preventative steps, you can keep pests out and keep them from causing any damage to your shed. Here are some great proactive measures to take to ensure your shed stays pest-free.
- Trim back any plants, weeds, long grass, and tree limbs from the shed.
- Do not stack firewood against the shed
- Though it seems like a good place to keep them, do not put your garbage cans inside your shed
- Keep containers and bags sealed up tight including fertilizer, soil, and seeds as the smell of these attract insects.
- Don’t allow water to stand on the floor this can attract bugs as well as cause rot in the shed.
Handle the Handles
Over time, shed handles can become loose or hard to open. Make sure to tighten the screws of loosening handles and to give tight handles a shot of lubricant like WD-40 to keep them in good working condition.
Shelving and Workbenches
As soon as you notice any sagging or leaning of your shelves it is time to fix them.
Check Out the Floor
Make sure to keep the floor clean with a good sweeping and to check it for any signs of damage.
Once a year you should give the outside of the shed a power wash to remove any dust, grime, moss, pollen, etc. This will help the outside appearance of the shed to stay nice, prevent staining, and keep anything from damaging the siding or the paint.
If the paint looks like it is fading or peeling make sure to get it taken care of and repaint. Paint is not just for looks, it also helps to protect the outside wood walls of your shed.
If you are interested in purchasing a custom shed please come visit us in Marysville to see our quality products in person or check out our sheds on the shed page of our site. If you have any questions or would like to have a completely custom shed built please contact us anytime.
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