Location and build:
- It can be a good idea to locate sheds in a shady part of the garden in what would otherwise be dead space. Shade is a bit of a plant killer unless it’s a plant that loves shade obviously! But tree shade in particular can cause many plants to struggle, so a garden shed located in that spot is ideal.
- A coat or two of exterior garden paint of any colour can transform the rather drab treated finish that new garden sheds are often supplied with. Interior lighting is also useful and we can install that. This is particularly essential during the winter months when the days are shorter.
- One key to longevity in garden sheds is how their base is constructed. The shed base is critical – it should ideally be a paved or concrete base with properly treated timbers screwed onto the underside of the shed floor panel. This ensures that none of the shed floor panel timbers are in contact with the grounding allowing air to circulate underneath the floor.
- One supplier we have used provided very decent garden sheds. Take a look at The Shed Centre website.
Essentially there are only three parts that need to be considered with garden shed maintenance. One is the base. But as we construct that for longevity, then it shouldn’t need any maintenance. The next is the roof. Use a soft brush to clear any fallen tree debris and leaves in autumn, so the roof has air circulating. This allows it to dry out. Roofing felt obviously has a certain life span, but it’s very easy to replace in decades to come. It should last a long time. The walls of any shade like any treated surface will fade over time with the sun and weather. You can easily spruce up your shed in future years using a decent exterior finish or paint. It’s actually a very rewarding maintenance job, but not one you’ll need to do for a long time either!