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Whilst the beginning of winter heralds such delights as crackling log fires, hot chocolate and, let’s not forget, Christmas. Winter also brings with it extreme weather, and when it comes to our precious garden buildings, this can have a detrimental effect on our beloved outdoor structures. Before winter truly settles in, now is the time to act and prepare your shed for the winter season.

Roof

Generally, shed roofs are made from felt, which, can deteriorate over time, especially when exposed to the elements. Spend time examining your garden shed in detail, looking for any damage and breaks and fixing them using sealant. If you feel your roof is beyond repair, you may want to consider completely replacing it entirely, which will help protect any items you store inside over the winter.

Wood Treatment

Wooden sheds require regular wood treatment. If your shed walls have not been treated for a while, or you cannot remember when they were last done, then pre-winter is a good time to do this in preparation for the cold weather to come. Choose a dry day to undertake the task and use high quality treatment. Water-based treatments are a good option as they are not only quick drying (helpful in in our temperamental climate) but also have excellent protection as well as fungicidal qualities.

Gutters

Clear leaves and rubbish from the gutters (if you have them) which could cause flooding and blockages. If your shed does not have guttering, adding them will help rain run off the shed’s surface during heavy downpours!

Windows and Doors

Water can damage wooden frames, causing them to rot if they are not repaired quickly. Check the frames of your door and windows to ensure they are in a good condition, fixing any potential issues by removing paint and treating with end grain sealant. Check all locks and handles to ensure they close properly, keeping the inside of your shed protected from the weather, and treat them with WD-40 to prevent them from rusting. Air vents should be cleared of debris, to prevent damp build-up, and any broken panes should be replaced immediately.

Protect Your Items

Regardless of the preparation you undertake on the outside of your garden building, there is still a possibility that some damage may occur to your shed, so you should protect any expensive or loved items. Power tools may need to be moved indoors so they are not damaged by water during the winter, and other tools can be placed in boxes. Try to also avoid piling items against the sides of the shed, as this can put undue pressure on the walls, leading them to weaken in the winter weather.

At GBC, we have a vast range of sheds, in different materials, including wood, metal and concrete. Whatever your requirements, our knowledgeable and friendly customer service team are sure to be able to help you find the perfect shed for you.

Posted by Matt Jordan

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