Maintenance that will help your wooden shed last
When we talk about shed maintenance we need to look at the biggest shed killer – Water if your shed is not protected properly water is the biggest threat to your wooden shed and will shorten it useful life considerably as once rots sets in the wooden shed will deteriorate quickly.
1.Inspect the roof regularly and do not delay maintenance which will stop water getting in from up top.
2.Stand your shed on a damp proof coarse – DPC
3.Regularly treat the side wall with a good quality paint or staining product
Maintaining the roof
A regular inspection from the outside looking for ripped or torn felt by the wind. Cut back any tree branches that my catch the felt or rub a hole in the wind and make repairs as soon as possible to avoid water ingress. When it rains take a look inside the shed and see if there are any visible signs of leaks through the shed roof if it has rained recently look for signs of staining and again if spotted get it sorted.
Typically felt roofs on sheds or any other garden building for that matter have a life expectancy of about 5 years so if you know the shed roof is 4 years or older you could save yourself the cost of a new shed by renewing the felt and getting another 5 years from the garden shed.
With the current drought and hose pipe bans an additional way to help preserve your shed is to fit guttering, this allows you to divert the rain away from the sides and base of your shed and hook the guttering up to the water butt and you will be surprised how much water can be saved from even just a regular shower.
DPC or Damp proof coarse.
The floor of a shed is also and area that if not dealt with correctly will soon rot away, when erecting a new wooden shed the best base is concrete but this is not always practical and can be quite costly even for a small shed so at the every minimum the floor should stand on something solid like paving slabs and even then you should place some heavy duty plastic between the slabs and the wooden timber having first treated them with a preservative like creosote.
Giving a base for your shed as described will prolong the life of the shed and give you a firm base to walk in your shed.
Cheese a quality stain or paint
Always use a quality stain or paint for the sides of wooden sheds, most modern products will repel the water whilst allowing the wood to breath so your shed will not only look good but will be water proof as well. When you fist treat the timbers of your shed make a note of how often the instruction say you should treat the shed and make sure you do so in good time.
As with most maintenance situations prevention is better than a cure and this is even more so with your typical garden shed as the cure is normally replacement of the whole thing!