Steel Shed Maintenance Tips

Steel Shed Maintenance Tips

Steel is as sturdy as it gets. So your steel shed should be able to care for itself, right? Well, yes and no. Yes, because steel is hard to destroy and will hold its own against the harshest element.

No, because it could do with a bit of help from you. The care you provide will add years to its life.

Here are some maintenance tips to keep your shed in top shape and, by extension, everything inside it.

1. Keep Your Yard Free Of heavy Movable Objects

Modern sheds designed for cyclone-prone areas stand a greater chance of withstanding cyclones than older models.

Still, you can help them along.

The first is to clear your yard of items that could become airborne in a cyclone and fly into the shed damaging it. These include outdoor furniture, wooden planks, garbage bins, gardening, gutters, barges and so on. If these cannot be stored indoors, try to secure them.

2. Inspect Your Shed Regularly

Despite your best efforts to keep your shed in good working order, it will suffer some damage over time. This can be wear and tear or destruction from the elements. This is to be expected.

You must inspect your shed often to highlight budding problems and fix them immediately. One ideal time to do this is after a cyclone, a storm and other harsh weather.

Check for rust, dents, holes, loose panels, and weakened hinges every so often and fix them immediately. Not doing this leaves the shed more vulnerable to the next cyclone.

If you get a high-quality, cyclone-rated shed from Perennial Sheds, your needs for repairs and replacements will be few and far between, saving you money.

3. Keep Your Vents Open

Steel sheds come with vents. In cyclone-prone areas, you can get sheds with cyclone-rated vents.

While vents are gorgeous on sheds, they serve a more important reason; keeping air flowing throughout the shed.

Without them, condensation would become a big issue. This would then lead to rust.

Also, remember that steel can get very hot in hot months, so vents will help circulate air, making it possible for you to be in your shed and breathe easily while inside.

4. Waterproof The shed

Most steel shed manufacturers coat their sheds with a waterproof layer.

However, you can begin waterproofing the roof 3 to 4 months after its installation. This helps reinforce the existing waterproofing.

This ensures water doesn’t seep into the shed through the roof.

You can also apply rust neutralisers on the roof.

5. Have Working Gutters and Overhangs

Good metal sheds will come with gutters or overhangs. If you get a shed without them, it’s a good idea to have them installed.

Gutters and overhangs direct water away from the shed. Not having these can allow water to pool around the shed's foundation, which can compromise it and even cause the walls to rust.

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Do you need a new shed? If so, we at Perennial Sheds have the best quality sheds Queensland offers.

Contact us today, and let’s make it happen for you!