Metal garden sheds are becoming increasingly popular, due to the strong materials used, their robustness and the extra security that they provide. One of the best features of a metal garden shed over a wooden version is that they need virtually no maintenance. However to make your metal shed last a long time, it will need some care. If you aren’t sure of what to do or where to start, this concise guide should help.
Metal garden sheds will need the hinges greased regularly to keep them moving smoothly. Oil should be applied to all locking mechanisms to stop them from sticking and to ensure a smooth operation.
You may think that your metal garden shed won’t need cleaning, but this should be done a few times a year with soapy water. This will remove any built up of dirt and grime. However a high pressure jet wash should never be used on a metal shed.
Metal garden sheds are prone to condensation however some sheds minimize this through the use of ventilation systems. If this is not the case, you will need to make sure that there is a minimal build-up of condensation inside your metal shed. Extreme weather conditions such as heavy snowfall and frost can increase the amount of condensation in your shed. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and if you feel the need, there are ways to decrease the condensation in your shed.
If you have bad condensation in your steel shed, put a moisture absorber inside your shed or try putting a bowl of salt inside your metal shed, which will help to absorb the moisture in the air.
In the event of bad weather, a strong metal garden shed will be relatively safe and is very unlikely to suffer any damage. However if it snows heavily it is a good idea to clear all snow from your shed roof to minimize condensation within the shed.
It is very unlikely that your metal shed will need repairing, as they are incredibly tough, but if you notice any chips or scratches, there is something that you can do. Follow these instructions:
· Rub down the affected area with a medium sandpaper
· Treat the area with a rust inhibitor
· Apply some touch up paint
Following this advice will help to keep your garden shed not only looking good, but functioning correctly for years to come.