Unlike houses, sheds often come without the strong weatherproofing provisions necessary to keep the structure protected against whatever Mother Nature has in store. Unfortunately, this lack of protection can often leave your tools, lawn care equipment, and other important items susceptible to damage due to potential exposure to the elements. Not to mention, the shed itself can also suffer from expensive damage without the proper precautions in place.
Since the stakes are so high, it is well worth the time, effort and small monetary investment required to keep your shed fully protected from unpredictable and dangerous natural disasters. To get a better idea of how you should approach this endeavor, consider the following tips, organized according to the different materials sheds are often made of.
When it comes to wooden sheds, one of the most obvious threats that the weather poses is water damage. Especially in the springtime when rainy weather is frequent, you’ll want to make sure your shed is fully protected from potential disasters. One important measure that experts recommend is separating the floor from the earth by building a sub-structure of old scrap metal and concrete blocks.
Another weatherproofing technique is using commercial sealer both on the outside, inside and the perimeter of the roof to make the wood less penetrable for water. Finally, applying wood treatment adds additional weathering strength to the structure to maintain the quality of the shed and protect your equipment from the elements.
Perhaps the most effective way you can prevent extensive damage from occurring to your metal shed is by repairing smaller damages as they occur. Dents and rust can often compromise the protective capability of metal sheds, so it’s important to have these two common damages fixed as soon as possible to prevent them from getting worse. Furthermore, metal sheds should have an effective ventilation system built in to keep air circulating and prevent condensation build-up, which contributes to the development of rust.
Applying weatherproof compounds and rust neutralizers can also prevent your metal shed from becoming vulnerable to moisture from rain, snow, humidity and other environmental factors.
Why Weatherproof My Shed?
When you have expensive power tools, lawn mowers, gardening supplies and other important items stored in your shed, it doesn’t make sense to leave them any less protected than the items you keep in your home. Spring is one of the best times you can perform these renovations, since the comfortable weather gives you an opportunity to prepare for the tumultuous weather patterns ahead. Whether it’s summer rainstorms, autumn winds, or winter snowstorms, your shed can be fully protected with an early spring renovation project. By applying the above precautionary measures to your shed, you can not only extend the quality and life of the shed itself, but do the same for everything you keep inside it.
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