What Makes a Low Maintenance Garden Shed?

Garden sheds are an essential for many of us. Whether you use yours to store garden equipment, tools or bikes, or you’ve commandeered it as a garden room or workshop, the humble shed will always be a useful addition to your house and garden. But if you don’t want to spend too much time and money on the upkeep of your shed, you’re going to need to choose wisely. Here we look at low maintenance garden sheds, with a few bonus tips on prolonging the life of a garden shed thrown in for good measure.

Low maintenance garden shed

What material makes the best low maintenance garden shed?

There is a choice when it comes to shed materials. Plastic sheds are becoming popular, as they don’t need staining on a regular basis. Metal sheds are also an option, although they are not quite as attractive, and may be prone to rust over time.

If you are looking for something that’s more in-keeping with the natural look of your garden, you’ll be pleased to know that most wooden sheds are solid and robust and able to withstand harsh winter weather conditions in the UK.

The sheds at Surrey Hills Garden Buildings are crafted from Western Red Cedar, which looks beautiful and is a hard and durable wood too, not to mention a fantastic insulator.

What are the main features of low maintenance garden sheds?

Western Red Cedar offers a natural repellent against pests and rot, making it the ideal material for a low maintenance garden shed.

If you live in an area that is exposed to sea air, high winds or a lot of rainfall, we do recommend a yearly treatment to prevent weathering occurring to the wood, but otherwise, your shed will need very little looking after.

Quality wooden sheds such as those from Surrey Hills Garden Buildings are built to last and need very little maintenance. Whether you opt for an apex or pent roof, you can be assured that once installed, they shouldn’t leak or require too much work.

Western Red Cedar sheds act as natural insulators. Air pockets found in the timber help to insulate your shed, which makes them warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, so you won’t need to spend hours insulating or protecting your shed, or its contents, from the elements.

Wooden sheds are easy to customise and can vary wildly in design, from traditional to contemporary. It also means that they are easy to modify, so at Surrey Hills Garden Buildings we can work with you to design your shed exactly the way you want it. Should you decide in the future that you’d like to add extra shelving, storage or make some other modification, this can be easily accomplished with a wooden shed.

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Top tips for maintaining your garden shed

Now that we’ve looked at what makes the ideal low maintenance garden shed, here are our top tips to prevent a garden shed from needing too much work in the future:

  1. Keep the hinges on your shed well lubricated. The hinges can be a weak point on a shed, but if protected they will provide extra strength and security from the elements, as well as intruders. It’s a good idea to keep them well lubricated to prevent them from seizing up.
  1. Check out any plants that are close to your shed. Some plants and shrubs grow quickly, so what may seem harmless now could pose serious problems later on if they climb the shed exterior and affix themselves. Make sure there are no overhanging branches or deadwood in nearby trees which could fall unexpectedly and cause damage.
  1. Every now and then, it’s a good idea to clean out the inside of your shed. Some items like golf clubs and bikes can retain a lot of moisture, which can be harmful over time to your shed.
  1. Check your shed for mould or damage. Like most things in life, if you find problems early enough, they are easier to deal with and less costly than they may be down the line.

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Looking for low maintenance garden sheds? Pay a visit to Surrey Hills Garden Buildings.

If you’re looking for low maintenance garden sheds, then take a look at what Surrey Hills Garden Buildings has to offer. Our beautiful Western Red Cedar sheds are durable and need little maintenance. We can also help with everything from the planning to the design and installation of your shed, as well as the removal of your old shed.

Why not visit one of our dedicated show sites for inspiration on sheds and other garden buildings? Our family run team is on hand to provide you with friendly, expert advice on all areas of shed design and installation.

Please do get in touch with any specific queries regarding low maintenance garden sheds. We look forward to speaking to you.

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