Building a great garden shed for your garden and your tools is often a necessary part of owning your own home. However, one major problem sheds often encounter are the elements. Wind and rain can really do a number on your little shed, often rotting your lumber down, rusting the metal and even blowing shingles and pieces of the shed away. There are a few simple tips you should keep in mind that can help you keep your shack out of the elements and protecting your gardening tools and supplies for years to come.
Cover that Material.
Wood can be protected from wind and rain by a nice coating of stain. Stain is a natural looking addition to your wood shed that will help accentuate its natural grain. It also gets soaked up into the wood, expanding the material lightly. This light expansion gives the wood a chance to “breathe” meaning it expands in the wind and rainy conditions. Varnish gives a similar protection to your wood but isn’t quite as strong.
Paint is another way to protect your shed from the elements. Paint goes well on wood and on metal sheds. It helps cover up the raw elements of the material, keeping it safe from wear. Painting your shed can also help it match the other buildings in the yard, including your home, garage or other sheds you have added. Make sure to apply fresh coats of your coating regularly.
Another way to protect your shed against the elements is to situate it under a tree. Trim away the branches underneath your tree until your shed fits nicely against the trunk and under the branches. Although the top of the shed may gathered twigs, acorns and animal droppings, the tree till help shield it from most rain. The bit of rain that falls on the top should slide off the roof easily. The tree can also protect it from the wind by absorbing most of the blunt of wind gusts.
Make sure you select a young, strong and healthy tree. Never place your shed under a tree that is old, has dying limbs or visible cracks. A bad thunderstorm and a few powerful gusts of wind may knock your tree over and on top of your shed, doing you and your shed no favours. You can also situation your shed next to your home for extra protection.
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