Winters in the UK are notoriously long, cold and wet, so it makes sense to prepare your shed for winter early to avoid any serious damage. Looking after your shed through the cruellest season will ensure it’s ready to use in spring, and will enhance the longevity of your shed. Here we look at how to prepare your shed for winter with some easy to follow tips.
Whatever your style, shape or design of garden shed, if you’re looking at how to prepare your shed for winter, then one of the important places to maintain is the roof.
If the roof of your shed is damaged or develops a hole, you can end up with a leak, risking damage to everything that is inside as well causing possible damp and rot to your shed. Check the felt for general wear and tear and replace it where necessary.
Faulty or damaged windows will also let damp into your shed and pose a security risk too.
Check the state of your windows and use a silicone sealant to seal any gaps. If your windows are old, have yellowed or been damaged, you will need to replace them.
Every year, you should treat the wood on garden sheds with a suitable timber treatment to protect them from the rain and bad weather. It also keeps damp at bay and prevents rot.
Take a look at our guide for protecting your shed from damp and storms for more information.
If you’re wondering how to prepare your shed for winter, then fresh air is essential. Even in winter, it’s important to ventilate garden sheds and avoid the build-up of damp.
During milder days, open your shed doors and windows to allow air flow. Consider installing air vents or a mechanical ventilator like a whirligig.
Whether you use your garden shed for storage, a place of work or garden retreat, you may intend to use it regularly throughout winter. If this is the case, you could consider installing heating for your shed before the colder months set in.
If your garden shed has electricity, then heating it is easy with many options. If you’re not connected, then other solutions for heating your shed include installing a wood burner, or a solar powered panel.
There are plenty of ideas in our guide for ways to heat your shed.
Installing gutters on garden sheds is a good idea so that rain can easily run away from the surface to protect it from causing damp and rot.
Regularly check the guttering on your shed to keep it clear of leaves, which can cause blockages.
At Surrey Hills Garden Buildings, we stock a vast range of quality garden sheds with plenty of choice in size and design.