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How To Prepare Your Shed For Winter

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With winter coming up, it’s important to make sure your shed is going to be able to withstand whatever weather Mother Nature throws at it. Essentially, it is all about properly sealing it, having a drainage solution and ensuring your roofing felt is in top condition. In this article, you’ll find some useful tips on how to how to weatherproof your shed for winter.

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1. Apply Wood Treatment

It’s always a good idea to apply some kind of treatment to your timber, as this will help make sure it’s protected from the elements. You can even use decking treatment to help to preserve the wood, stop it from rotting and to ensure that your shed lasts for years to come.

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2. Inspect For Cracks 

It’s also worth looking for any gaps or cracks in the wood or windows as this could allow water to seep through and add stress to your wood. If you find any, just use a little sealant to fill them in. This is something you should try doing at least once a year as it will help make you shed last longer and give you the best value for money.

3. Loosen The Timber Joints

Because the weather could make the wood swell slightly, it’s worth loosening the timber joints slightly. This helps to take some of the stress away. Just remember to tighten them up again when it starts getting warmer again.

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4. Organise The Interior

As well as considering the shed frame, it’s also worth taking the time to organise what’s inside. For example, you might want to make sure electrical items are covered and not sitting on the floor, just in case any water finds its way into your shed. Try to avoid hanging things from the roof or packing things too tightly against the walls – this will add to the strain should swelling occur which, in turn, makes the shed frame weaker.


5. Add Guttering

Not all sheds come with pre-installed guttering but that doesn’t mean you can’t install your own. Just remember to make sure you keep it free from leaves and blockages and regularly checking the water is draining correctly from your shed’s foundation. If possible, ensure your shed is slightly raised off the ground. This stops any water on the ground soaking into the wood, which can result in rot or mould – both of which weaken your shed. 

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