Top Tips on Preparing Your Garden Shed for Winter

The best way to look after your garden tools over the winter months is to keep any gardening paraphernalia stored in garden sheds. These are useful for storing tools, bikes and summer garden equipment like picnic blankets and tents. As winter fast approaches, now is the time to act and prepare your garden building for the winter season.

Protect the Shed Exterior

With most garden sheds constructed from wood, winter weather conditions can cause damp and rot inside and out. Our wood treatments offer excellent protection, are quick drying and offer excellent fungicidal qualities. If you have a wooden shed, then it will require some wood treatment before the extreme weather kicks in. The pre-winter period is a good time to treat your garden sheds so you can undertake the task of using high quality treatments. It is important to treat your shed every two to three years or when you find moss or lichen on the outer walls, which is a sign that there is moisture in the wood.

Most treatments are used that penetrate into the wood, so you don’t need to remove old paint before the new treatment. However, a wood treatment can also be the perfect opportunity to change your colour into something more likeable. Treat your garden shed by applying a fresh coast of outdoor paint or varnish to the exterior to build a defence against the adverse weather. We recommend you use a colour and weather protection wood treatment like Cuprinol shed and fence protector.

Secure Your Garden Shed with Fixings

Take care of any holes and cracks in your garden building that could deteriorate as a result of the winter weather. When it comes to putting away your garden equipment for the winter, make sure you inspect any cracks, leaks or holes in your shed. If you can only see the light through them from the inside, then you should fill them up with fitting wooden silvers or chips with a water-resistant wood glue.

This is also a good opportunity to upgrade and replace unstable door hinges and locks. You can toughen them up by replacing the screws with nuts and bolts and using a strong padlock to protect your shed from being broken into. At Nelson Potter, we supply a range of ironmongery and fixings including latches, hinges, nails, brackets and more to help you strengthen the structure of your garden shed in preparation for the winter.

Upgrade Your Storage Facilities

As you approach the winter months, it is a good idea to consider placing additional shelves and hooks to take excess gardening tools, soil, compost, materials like wire or cables and garden hoses. At this time of year, it is important that you store all gardening equipment indoors, so you can reuse again in the spring. Anything you can lift off the floor of your garden shed will help keep it dry and well ventilated. Ensuring roofs, windows and doors are well-sealed and free from leaks will prevent water from getting in.

Hinges, handles and locks can be checked or replaced for smooth functioning. They may also need to be oiled to prevent them from freezing as a result of ice or frost. Draft excluders are also ideal for helping to insulate the inside and keep it dry. We have a range of sheet materials such as ply softwood and sterling board for use in the interior of your shed, to help improve your storage facilities ready for the winter.

Which Products Do You Require?

At Nelson Potter we stock an extensive range of high-quality storage and wood treatment products to suit your personal taste in Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and the rest of East Anglia. With our help, you can look forward to a frost-free garden shed that is resilient to the winter weather and will be ready for when you start your next gardening season in the spring.

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