Just like your home is an investment, so are your high-quality backyard buildings such as your garden shed. Garden sheds are a substantial investment and a great way to add an extra room to the house. It is essential to take care of them on a regular basis so you can increase their life span and keep benefiting from them for a long time.
In addition to regular home maintenance and cleaning, there is also an equal need for routine professional care and shed repair and preservation. And while you may be aware of how to prepare your shed for the winter, there are basic tasks that you can do throughout the year to ensure your garden shed stays in the best shape possible. Staying on top of your regular garden shed maintenance schedule will also help you avoid expensive repairs and save time.
Below are some essential maintenance tips to help you keep your garden shed looking its best for many years to come.
Check For Damage Regularly
The primary objective of checking your garden shed regularly is to look for any damaged parts that might need immediate care or attention. Ideally, it would be best to inspect your shed at the beginning and end of each season. Neglecting regular inspection may result in more significant problems down the road. So, stay vigilant and be on the lookout for any rotting wood, cracked paint, broken windows, or damaged roof parts. If you encounter any damage, make sure to fix it promptly.
Other areas that you should not ignore while you are on your inspecting spree are your garden sheds flashing and gutters. Ensure these places are not blocked or damaged and fix all issues as quickly as possible so water can continue to drain freely.
Shut And Seal Your Windows
A garden shed without windows and vents can feel uncomfortable and unwelcoming, which is why you should always install secure and sealed windows. A well-sealed window protects the garden shed from unnecessary moisture coming in and saves the shed from the damage caused by leaks and dampness. Ensure that you pay close attention to the windows’ condition during winter, as this is when they are most vulnerable.
Keep Your Garden Shed Pest-Free
Pests, insects, and worms can quickly enter your garden shed through your gardening tools. But having pests in your garden shed is not a minor problem. Pests can make your shed deteriorate faster and also damage your equipment, gardening tools, and other things that you have stored in there. To prevent pests from making your garden shed their home, do the following;
- Ensure all grass, shrubs, weed, and greenery surrounding your garden shed are trimmed and under control.
- Store seeds, fertilizer, mulch, and other such things in a closed container.
- Thoroughly clean the inside of your shed regularly or at least once a month. Some insects are attracted to dirt and dust, so having a clean shed will help keep them away.
Repaint The Shed
This may not apply to vinyl sheds, but if your garden shed is made of wood or metal, it is crucial to treat the exterior and repaint it whenever needed. Depending on the type of wood, repainting should be done every 5-10 years. Be sure to use high-quality paint, so it can help maintain the structure of your shed for a longer time.
Painting your shed is not only a cosmetic procedure but has many benefits. Paint can serve as a proofing agent and can prevent water from damaging your wooden shed. Paint also prevents rust from forming on metal sheds. There is a wide variety of paint that you can choose from, but make sure you pick the color that matches your garden’s color scheme.
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