Blustering winds and icy gales are starting to hammer parts of the UK; winter is well and truly under way. There’s no foreseeing the unpredictable nature of the British climate, so even if your home has not experienced anything too torrential so far, there’s no telling that this will still be the case in the coming weeks.
If you have a shed on your property, you should be taking steps to sure up its protection this winter. Sheds are not as sturdy as our homes and are liable to become damaged or negatively impacted by the destructive elements of winter. Here are five ways that you can prepare your shed to brace the winter:
If your shed has guttering, you need to ensure it stays clear of any leaves and debris. If you don’t have guttering, getting some installed can improve the draining of rainwater off the roof. At the very least, your shed roof should have a decent enough overhang so that the rain runs off onto the ground and doesn’t drip down the walls.
However, be aware that undirected runoff can create puddles that may collect under your shed base, causing rot. Guttering can direct rainwater away from your shed; if possible, you should also consider moving the shed to the highest point in the garden if it isn’t there already to help with keeping water away from it.
Windows and Doors
Window and door frames should be maintained to keep them in the best condition. Check the hinges, handles and locks and oil them as appropriate. Ensure that any draught excluders and seals are working properly and that any broken window panes are replaced. If you spot any water penetration, remove the paint and allow the wood to dry before treating the area with sealant and repainting.
If you still want to use your shed this winter but feel unable, because of how draughty and cold they become, you should invest in roofing sheets and/or wall cladding sheets. Insulated roof sheets and wall cladding sheets are highly rated for their ability to minimise heat loss. They can keep your shed warm, allowing you to continue using it all year long. Additionally, they also reduce the level of noise from outside, so you can work peacefully in your shed without being disturbed.
If you’re not likely to be using your shed for whatever reason, you shouldn’t leave it to fend for itself for the entire winter. You should open the windows and doors periodically to increase the air flow throughout the structure to rid it of any stagnant air which can hold a lot of moisture. Every few weeks on a non-rainy day, open the windows and doors on your shed to air it out for a while to keep damp from creeping in.
If your shed houses tools and materials, you should ensure they are packed well away in drawers, cupboards and secure tool boxes. Not only will this offer greater protection from the likes of thieves targeting back gardens, but it will also protect them from any encroaching damp – you could also increase this protection by putting silicone sachets into the storage units to absorb the damp before it causes damage. Alternatively, if you have anything especially valuable in your shed, it might be worth bringing it into your house for the winter months for additional protection.
Keep your shed safe this winter. Follow these steps to keep it protected during the winter months, so it is still in tip-top condition for the summer.