During the spring, all of you, who own a shed should prepare it for the summer. Basically, this is more of restoring the condition after a winter, than maintenance, but nevertheless, it is equally important. Wooden sheds are the best-looking of them all, but they also require the most maintenance. Even if you have a completely new shed, made from wood, which withstood the winter, these maintenance points should be applied.
First step: Inspection
No matter what kind of maintenance you are planning to perform, the inspection should be the first step. Here, you will have to remove everything from the shed and inspect it, obviously. Now, clean it and remove debris and dust, because they may conceal cracks and damages needed to be repaired. The accent should be placed on the seals, around the windows and doors and panels. If they are in great condition, move to the next step. If not, repair them first.
Second step: Treat and protect the wood
Without protective layer of wood varnish, the entire shed may fade and ‘’develop’’ cracks. The only way to protect it is to use wood varnish every 12 months. Because warmer months are coming soon, this is the best moment to perform this kind of maintenance.
Keep in mind that you will have to remove old paint, varnish, root and anything that may prevent wood varnish from being applied properly on the wood itself. Then, apply the varnish and wait for it to dry. It takes between 12 and 24 hours, depending on the outdoor temperature.
Third step: Cut the branches and clean all around a shed
All sheds, even those made from metal must be placed far away from the trees, due to two reasons. Branches may scratch the paint and damage the wood, and leaves will fall all around a shed and maintain moisture. This will have a catastrophic effect on the general condition of a shed.
The first thing to do is to cut the branches. Cut them so they won’t be a problem again anytime soon. Then you will have to clean all the leaves around a shed. That’s it. Your shed is tree-protected.
Fourth step: Repair the roof felt
A roof felt is material that must keep the rest of the shed dry during rain and snow. If it fails, the entire construction of a shed may be compromised! There were several cases where sheds collapsed just because of felt failure.
Repair is simple. Inspect the roof and replace the damaged felt. If there is root food, replace it as well! To ensure ultimate protection, use silicone. It withstands high temperatures and it can seal all the cracks. A great addition is that it is available all colors, so finding the one as your shed won’t be a problem.
With all of these steps, your shed will be perfectly protected and ready not only for the summer but also for the fall and next winter.