3 Reasons Your Storage Shed Is Broken (And How to Fix It)

Your wooden shed is a great asset to your home. It can serve you in many ways, from storage to an extra workspace. But of course, it’s made of wood, so it can be prone to damage if not cared for properly.

Surely, you’d want to maximise the use and service life of your wooden shed. To achieve this, you need to maintain it. So have a look at the top 3 things that break your wooden shed (and of course how you can fix it).

1. Water damage

Wood and water do not get along very well. Even moisture from the very humid air can gradually weaken the structural integrity of wood from the inside out. Once water seeps into the tiny crevices into the wood interior, the wood will soften, and it will eventually waste away. Soon enough, if this persists, your wooden shed will wave goodbye.

To prevent water damage, you have to shield the wood surface so water couldn’t get in. The easiest way to do this? Paint it. Paint every exposed surface of your wooden shed – both outside and inside. Paint the walls, the ceiling, the roof, and the floors too. Especially if you store gardening equipment in the shed because those can leak fluids.

Also, make sure that there are no cracks in the paint coating. Once you find any, paint them over once more. But the good news is you don’t have to do it often – just every 5 years or so.

2. Uneven loading

Take note of this especially when you use your wooden sheds for storage. Shed foundations are not particularly sturdy, and they can settle with the ground when the latter freezes and thaws repeatedly.

With that, putting heavy objects disproportionately to one side corner isn’t a good idea: The weight will tip the shed towards the heavy side. It’s like a boat – when all the passengers move off to one side, it will tip.

So, you must balance the weight distribution. Arrange your stuff evenly throughout the inside of the shed. This way, the weight would be, as much as possible, evenly distributed. Now, this doesn’t mean the heaviest object must always be in the centre; just as long as everything is as balanced as they can get.

3. Leaking Roofs

This one is clear. Anytime a roof is leaking, it spells very bad news for your wooden shed and everything inside it. If you allow it to persist, the entire roof can waste away. Certainly, you don’t want to end up with a roofless shed.

Which is why the moment you notice a leak in your shed roof, fix it up right away. You’ll usually see that there’s a leak when parts of the wood on the roof are black or stained. Replacing the roof at this point is better since it’s cheaper. If you wait longer for the damage to spread, replacing the roof will be much more expensive.

Keep in mind these 3 prime suspects of wooden shed damage, and you’ll make your shed last a lifetime. And if you need extra help building and maintaining your wood shed, allow us. The Wooden Shed Company NZ is here to help, with our custom sheds and services. Contact us now to see what we can do for you.


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