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Most people have a shed in their garden to store tools and other items outside of the house. Garden sheds can also be made into a cozy little tea room or a place where you practice your hobbies. They are usually made of wood which, sadly, makes them susceptible to weather-related problems. So, it’s rather important to know how to waterproof a shed if you want it to last for years to come. After all, you’d want the stuff you keep in there to be weather-protected, nice and dry, right?
So, if you:
Then, please, read on.
Water is one of the biggest threats and it can do a lot of damage to your shed in the long run – the wood can rot, the tools inside may become rusty over time, and much, much worse. Waterproofing your shed is very important for preserving its structural integrity and the contents, stored inside. Not to mention that poorly maintained outbuildings are a safety risk, so taking proper care of the wood is an important part of shed security.
Have a look at some of the things to keep in mind while waterproofing your existing garden storage space, or when you’re building a new prefab shed or one from scratch.
Choosing the right location is crucial when building a new shed in your garden. For example, a wrong choice will be a lower spot, where water pools up when it’s raining. Water pooling up around the lower part of the walls will seep into the wooden planks, and they will rot over time.
A more appropriate spot for a new shed is a level area, which gets a lot of sun. Direct sunlight will help dry out the planks quickly and remove excess moisture.
Let’s take a look at what your shed is standing on. One of the major steps in waterproofing your shed is to raise it from the ground on some kind of base. This way the water won’t seep into the walls and make them damp and mouldy, or worse – make them rot. So, consider the following tips below on how to waterproof a shed base properly:
After you ensure your shed is placed on a proper base to eliminate contact with the ground, you should take your attention to the walls. Waterproofing the walls will help with reducing moisture inside of the shed by not allowing the sides to go damp.
There are many methods by which you can waterproof shed walls. It all starts with choosing the right materials. If you’re building a new shed try to go for a more water-resistant wood type like cedar, for example. But even those types of materials aren’t waterproof, so you will have to treat the walls of your shed with a proper coating.
Does your shed have ventilation? If not, you should consider installing vents on opposite sides of your shed, to help the air inside circulate. Installing vents in your garden shed is not a complicated process. The options are many and are the same as you’d use in your house. A proper air circulation will keep issues like mould and damp away from the walls and the items you store inside.
As with every building, the roof is one of the most important parts of your shed. Choosing a proper roofing material will help you a lot with waterproofing, no matter if you’re renovating your existing one or building a new one in your garden. To waterproof your shed roof effectively, you can use felt, shingles or lightweight metal sheets to place on top.
Along with the proper roofing materials, you should also consider installing gutters and a proper drainage system around your shed to steer the water away from the sides.
A correctly installed drainage system takes care of the water running down from the roof. If there are no gutters and effective drainage put in place, water can leak over the walls of your shed and cause mould and damage to the wood.
Gutter systems consist of gutter trays that collect the water from the roof, and drain pipes that lead the water to the ground in a safe way. If your gutters and drain pipes are full of leaves, debris blown in from the wind or sludge, they can become clogged. That will lead to leaks, overflowing and can dampen the structure of your shed. You should regularly check and clean your gutters to avoid such problems. Your free time is valuable and doing the task yourself may be tiresome, if that is your case consider getting a professional gutter cleaning service.
Find a professional to take care of your shed.
If you are not sure that you can handle installing a new shed in your garden, or maybe, you don’t have enough time to repair the old leaking one, then why don’t you consider getting help from the professionals?
Fantastic Services provides quality garden shed repair and installation services in the UK. We work with local professionals in your area to deliver a complete service – purchasing, delivery, installation and maintenance of sheds, available on weekends and bank holidays!
Did you find this article helpful? How do you keep your shed waterproof? Let us know in the comments below!
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