Maintaining a Wooden Outdoor Storage Shed

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An outdoor storage shed needs maintenance from time to time. If you don’t perform any maintenance, there is a high risk that the wood will begin to rot. It is far more expensive and time consuming to repair rotting wood. It would be better to dedicate a few minutes once a month to the shed’s maintenance.

The outer part of the shed has to be protected properly, otherwise any storage inside will get damaged. This article will make you aware of what needs to be done to perform proper maintenance on your wooden outdoor storage shed.

Step 1 - Protect the Wood

The first thing you have to protect is the wood itself. The wood will need to be cleaned every so often, especially if there was snow. Secondly you have to inspect the shed for any cracks in the wood. If you find any cracks, they need to be filled with some epoxy and wood dust (as long as the crack isn’t very serious).

It's also advisable to coat your shed with a waterproof coating. You may need to use sandpaper to sand some weak areas. Waterproof coating adds extra protection to your outer wooden storage shed. In extreme cases of rotting wood, you may need to replace the affected wooden part with a new wood panel.

Step 2 - Protect the Windows and Doors

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This is very important because normally water tends to drip from windows or door cracks. First check if the window putty is still intact. If not, you will need to add some more. Before adding the new putty, you have to clean the old one properly. Use a cutter/knife to get rid of the old putty. Alternatively you can use silicone instead of window putty.

If you don’t have any rain protector over your door, it is advisable to fix one. All you need is a piece of inclined wood nailed on the top part of the door. The latter will help prevent rain from seeping in.

Step 3 - Protect the Roof

The roof is also very important. First check whether there are any visible cracks. If rain water is seeping through, try to locate the crack and insulate the roof properly. Use a utility knife to clean the old foam and to cut the new foam into manageable pieces. Install some foam between the joists and secure the foam using duct tape or by making use of some wood adhesive. If you use adhesive, leave it to dry properly. The roof needs to be insulated properly because if not the rain will ruin the whole shed along with the storage.

As you can see there are a lot of things you can do to protect your outdoor wooden storage shed. If you perform some maintenance regularly, you won’t need to spend a lot of work on it at a later stage. Always seek the help of a professional if you are unsure of what to do. Also, always wear protective clothing and equipment to ensure a safe working environment.