Will Your Shed Survive Winter?

cp-new2With sixteen severe flood warnings in place at the moment, and the rain continuing to pound down, many people are understandably more concerned about their homes than their outbuildings.  However, for those of us that are just victims of the relentless downpours but are fortunate enough to be on higher ground, we are looking outside with concern…

With the current housing market being fairly stagnant, and many people trying to make the most of the space they have available without moving, there is often not enough storage space in the house for all the household tools, equipment, unused furniture let alone all the garden equipment.  With garages being turned into extra rooms or workshops, or in some cases actually being used for the more traditional purpose of housing the family vehicle, families have turned more and more to a decent garden shed to store all of their extra items safely and securely.

There are many different types of sheds available for the garden including metal sheds, Charnwood_Shedplastic sheds and the nations favourite, wooden garden sheds.  You can view the full range of sheds available from Forestrall here.

The Pros & Cons

Metal sheds are sturdy and generally fairly easy to put together in kit form, but if they’re  damaged or badly scratched, then the protective coating will have been affected and the current weather will rapidly lead to rust and corrosion setting in. If these issues are not managed quickly, its likely that complete panels will have to be replaced to keep the shed in good working order.

However, over and above being vigilant about damage, metal sheds don’t require much maintenance work and will survive the winter months without much effort on your behalf.

Plastic sheds withstand the bad weather very well, however many people remain of the opinion that a plastic shed isn’t particularly aesthetically pleasing and can be a blight on an otherwise attractive garden.

Cottage Apex ShedWooden garden sheds are reasonable high maintenance in order to keep them free from damp and rotting damage. It’s essential to apply a protective covering prior to the inclement weather kicking in, which may be a wood preservative or a particular paint that will ensure that the wet weather doesn’t damage your wooden shed. Wooden sheds do look the most natural in the garden, but they can quickly become run down and damaged without regular maintenance.  A damaged shed is not a secure shed and may ultimately jeopardise the very items that you plan to store within the shed.

Getting Your Shed Ready For Winter

The earlier you can get your winter preparation underway, the better the result will be when you open up your shed again in Spring, when you start to have a need for the stored garden equipment.

Ensure that all window frames are securely fastened and sealed with no gaps, so that wind and rain can’t find an access route into your garden shed. Also ensure that the door to your shed fits well for the same reasons.

Take a good look at the roof to make sure that the felt isn’t ripped or damaged in any way that offers a way for wind and rain to access your shed. If you find holes in the felt, repairing promptly will prevent further damage. You may be able to source a product that Garden Shed Dual Grow Shed Greenhouselooks like tar (bitumen) and has a rubbery finish that can will seal the holes in your roofing to prevent water damage which will eventually rot your roof.

Check the lock on your shed and keep it well oiled so that if you aren’t accessing it frequently throughout the winter season then when you come to open the lock in Spring after a season of harsh but variable weather, you won’t be faced with a lock that is rusted and cannot be opened.

For anyone repairing their shed, or even building a new shed from scratch, Forestrall now have a new shed material economy range.  The stock includes 16×125 T&G Tanalised Shiplap, 16×125 TGV clean and 38x50mm Par 4 Eased Corners Framing.  For more information or advice on sheds or anything else timber related, call 01474 444150 or e-mail sales@forestrall.co.uk


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