This summer has been blighted with rain; the record levels of rain are not just ruining many people summer's plans but also ruining many garden buildings. This article will go through a few simple tips on how to make your garden buildings weatherproof.
All garden buildings are built and designed to be weatherproof but record levels or heavy rain can still cause damage. Wooden garden sheds tend to be the most affected by weather as wood can be susceptible to water damage and rot.
Choosing the right type of garden building is also very important. A tongue and groove building will be stronger and more weatherproof than a cheaper overlap garden building. Tongue and groove buildings are made from interlocking timbers; the interlocking stops water from coming into your building. Shiplap cladding is the ultimate in weatherproofing cladding; it features a small groove in each timber; this helps funnel away water quickly from this building helping to prevent water damage.
A new garden building should be treated with a water based timber treatment. This protects the wood while it is in storage and transport. You will need to add another layer of timber treatment after you install you new garden building to ensure it is protected. It is always recommended you use an oil based timber treatment. Oil based treatments last a lot longer than a water based treatment. Oil based paint gets deep into the grain of your wood and will protect it for a whole year. You should treat your shed annually to protect it throughout its life and prevent rot.
You don't have to worry about affecting the way your shed looks with a timber treatment; they now come completely clear of colour so you can paint over existing finishes.
When installing your garden building always make sure the wall panels of the building are tightly sealed together. Always make sure the bolts are tightened properly. You can also add a few beads of silicone inside the wall panels when connecting them. This will help stick the panels together and will create a weatherproof seal.
The roofs of wooden sheds are often covered with roofing felt. Roofing felt is very important and will prevent water from penetrating your building. There are two main types of felt available sand felt or green mineral felt. Sand felt is a basic felt; it will protect your roof but can be damaged very easily. Mineral roofing felt is much stronger and thicker so it provides more protection and will last for years to come. You should always check your roofing felt to ensure it is not damaged or letting any water leak into your shed.
Checking the panels of your garden shed is also very important. Make sure when you install your shed you can clearly access all parts of your shed. This will help you maintain it better and will improve the overall health of your garden building. Make sure you check the inside of your shed too, sometimes damaged can be masked on the outside so check for any wet patches or damage inside is important.
To make your garden shed more weatherproof you can seal the bottom of your shed from the inside. If you apply clear sealant to the bottom of your shed from the inside this will prevent water from leaking in.
Proper maintenance of all garden buildings will ensure they have a long life. Yearly timber treatments and new roofing felt every two years will ensure your shed not looks good but is well protected against weather. So instead of worrying next time the rain comes down, sit back and relax.