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Preparing 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. We’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked questions surrounded how to prepare your shed for winter, how to weatherproof your shed, and so much more. So take a look and see if your question has been answered…

 

“Can I use decking treatment for my wooden shed?”

Absolutely! This will help to preserve the wood and offer protection against the elements. It stops the wood from rotting making sure your shed lasts for years to come.

“How do I prepare my shed for winter?”

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. It’s also worth looking for any gaps or cracks in the wood – 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.

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.

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 inside. 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.

“How can I weatherproof my shed?”

Again, decking treatment is going to help make sure your wooden frame is as protected as it can be from the elements. If possible, make sure 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.

“Can I add guttering to my shed?”

You can. 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
Add sealant to the edges of your windows
Check the water is draining correctly from your shed’s foundation<

“How often should I seal my shed?”

Try and make sure you’re doing this at least once a year. This will help make it last for as long as possible, giving you the best value for money.

If your question isn’t on there, don’t worry – you can always contact us. You can either call us on 0116 231 2876 or click here to use our contact form.

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