Whatever type, style or size of wooden sheds that you purchase for your garden, they will all require you to maintain them in one manner or another over the course of the year, if they are to prove a useful and secure way to keep all of your garden tools and other items together and out of the way of poor weather.
Where wood is left at the mercy of the rain or just damp, it will eventually rot and crumble, which makes it useless as part of one of your wooden sheds. Garden sheds that are made of wood are also a target for bugs that like to live in wood or eat it. It is for these two reasons that you must maintain your timber garden shed so that it doesn’t rot or get eaten alive.
Which garden shed are you buying?
When you have purchased dip treated wood in the form of a garden shed, it will only be protected for a short while during transit and as it arrives at your home. You will need to treat the wood of your garden shed either before you put it together from its kit form, or after you have installed it in its final position. Dip treatment is only a temporary measure before you choose which method of protection against damp and bugs that you are going to apply yourself.
You’ll have to spend a little more for pressure treated timber, but it will last you for a few years before you need to start an annual maintenance treatment on your garden shed. Being pressure treated, it means that chemicals have been pumped deep into the heart of the wood which will prevent damp from occurring or bugs eating their way through.
When you look over Walton’s sheds on their website, you will be able to choose between dip treated or pressure treated timber and then make your own decisions about beginning with your maintenance treatment on the wood.
Regular inspections are important
To keep your timber garden shed in good condition, a regular inspection of the unit will help you spot any problems early so you can deal with them before they become a major difficulty or inconvenience.
Using a ladder, a careful inspection of the roof will quickly tell you if it is still completely waterproof or whether the roofing felt shows signs of beginning to wear or perhaps being torn. Inspecting the roof in the same position from the underside will quickly show whether damp has started to penetrate the wood in your garden shed.
Oiling the window and door hinges will help keep them in good condition, which is extremely useful, especially when the weather is at its coldest. If the hinges become unusable, the door may begin to move slightly out of shape from its location which might let in the wind and the rain which may cause a problem for your wooden shed from the inside out, rather than the usual other way around.
Painting or staining your timber garden shed will help protect it over the longer term, but you must make sure that every part of the wood is protected, not forgetting the parts of the wood that you cannot see where the sides of the shed meet your foundation base. Some people recommend that an anti-water tar-based finish is used around the base of your wooden shed to prevent water from finding any possible way into your garden shed.
There are a variety of sizes and styles available at Walton’s and after making a good quality investment to protect your garden tools, it makes sense that the protector then becomes protected itself.