Maintenance and Upkeep of Your Shed
A good quality shed should require very little maintenance or upkeep. Still, it is good to keep an eye on the condition of your shed, staying alert for potential problems that could deteriorate the shed’s structure. If you have a shed with wood siding, you should stay alert to the condition of the paint or the sealer on the siding. Paint or sealer deterioration is a common cause of sheds wearing out. If you start to notice any bubbling, peeling, molding, or wood rotting it is a likely sign that your shed is begging for another paint job. The longer you let these problems go, the more likely that long-term damage will be done to your shed’s structure.
If your shed has vinyl siding, you should stay alert to holes or cracks in the siding. It is common for lawn mowers or weed trimmers to throw rocks or other objects at your shed, causing holes or cracks in the siding. Here in the North with our rough winters siding is more likely to become brittle and age quicker, especially if it is a cheaper vinyl siding. Holes in your vinyl siding gives moisture access to your wood frame, likely causing molding and/or rotting. When you see holes, have them fixed as soon as possible.
Some other things to stay alert to are the condition of your roof and the seals around your shed’s doors. Any signs of leaking or moisture coming through your roof or doors should be fixed. Also keep an eye on the caulking around windows or other seams. Over time caulk can become brittle and start to crack. If you see this happening, peel off the old caulk and give your shed some love with a new caulk job.
Organizing the Interior
There are a lot of great tools and tips available to help you organize your shed. Of course, your shed organization will be unique to your specific usage. If you are using your shed for general storage your organization setup will be very different from a setup for a tool shed or a wood working shop. Below are a variety of ideas to help get you started thinking about how you want to organize your shed.
Adding shelves to your shed is a great way to maximize space and keep things orderly.