How to Maximize & Preserve Your Wood Shed For Many Years to Come

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After your woodshed is delivered or site built, it will be beneficial for you to learn some practical ways to extend the life of your structure. After all, money doesn’t grow on trees! There are preventative steps that ought to be taken to ensure your wooden shed is safeguarded from the harsh elements of Mother Nature.

Paint your Shed

All wood sheds and playhouses should be painted within 60 days of setup. All raw exterior wood should be puttied and primed using a high-quality exterior primer prior to painting. I generally roll one thick coat on all siding and trim. Starting with a well-primed structure will ensure good adhesion and finish to the painted building.

Nail holes, little knots, and imperfections can be filled with an outside wood putty prior to priming. Be sure to caulk around windows and doors. All wood siding and trim should be painted using high-quality exterior paint. We use Sherwin Williams Duration Paint on all wood buildings we fabricate and sell. You’ll benefit from a wealth of advantages when you use Duration® Exterior Acrylic Coating. Excellent durability and hide, Duration is formulated with PermaLast® technology for long-lasting performance.

If your structure is being used as a greenhouse shed, you must paint the whole interior of the structure. You should re-paint your storage building as needed, depending upon your environment and the quality of the paint utilized.

Paint Steel Doors (Steel buildings)

Factory pre-primed steel doors need to be painted within 60 days of setup. Paint shed doors by following these steps below:

  • To ensure great adhesion, the pre-primed surface area must be lightly sanded using 360 grit sandpaper on the flat surface areas and steel wool along the embossed surfaces.
  • The surface area must then be cleaned with a xylene wash or phosphate cleaner (CLR) and cleaned dry with a clean, lint-free towel.
  • Utilize a high quality outside 100% acrylic-latex paint, carefully following the manufacturers advised application treatments.
  • You should re-paint your steel doors as needed, depending upon your environment and the quality of the paint utilized.

How Often Will I Need to maintain my Wood Shed?

Like your house, your new wooden shed will require periodic upkeep to ensure several years of usage and pleasure. In addition to re-painting or staining your structure as required, you should carry out other maintenance tasks.

  • Keep all grass and other plant life trimmed around the entire border of the storage structure.
  • Buildings which are constructed on a wood flooring (Gazebos excluded), are built on 4 × 4 pressure treated runners which resist damage from ground moisture and insects. These runners also elevate your building’s floor, thereby allowing essential air circulation under the structure. This circulation needs to unhindered to guarantee the long life of your wood foundation. If skirting is the boundary of your wood foundation, you should use a lattice or other product that will permit proper air circulation.
  • Do not mound soil or mulch against the siding of your shed.
  • Do not stack anything on the outside of your shed, such as firewood, for any amount of time.
  • Locking doorknobs or levers should be sprayed with silicone or other lube (i.e. WD-40) to keep locking mechanism from freezing in cold environments.
  • Do not let sprinklers spray your building.
  • Always use protective clothing and safety goggles to ensure your safety.

Maintaining a wooden shed appropriately is crucial to guarantee your storage option lasts far beyond its specified warranty. In addition, it will keep your shed like new for several years. If you still have concerns on how to preserve a wooden shed, just give your portable building experts at Texas Portable a call! We love to talk shed!

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