How to fix a shed
Posted: January 05, 2017
Categories: How To & Technical Advice
Some sheds have seen brighter days, damaged from harsh winters over the years. Unfortunately, accidents can happen and your shed becomes damaged, timber can break, flooring can rot through etc.Sometimes, it is much more cost effective to repair your wooden sheds rather than purchase a new one.
In most case scenarios, the first part of a shed to break is the floor. This is because over time the shed floor rots and with heavy storage pressures and sometimes the floor buckles. The first thing to do is to empty out your stored items to gain an insight into the floor, check for broken boards and rotten planks. If any planks need replacing, find yourself a claw hammer and lift up the nails to remove the boards. What is great about removing the plank is that you can measure the plank exactly to find out what size board you need to replace the rotten one. Find yourself a pressure treated plank as a replacement as they will last much longer and can withstand much heavier pressures.
More traditional build sheds that are built using timber planks will often rot over the years, however, these are extremely easy to replace much like the floor. All that is needed is a claw hammer to remove the nails and then to purchase the same size planks to then nail back on. Simple.
Take a look at our video below to see how to build a shed from scratch:
Fixing your shed
Other issues sheds can face over the years is the roof rotting and causing water damage when it rains. This needs to be fixed ASAP the longer rain can flow in, the more damage it will cause. Firstly, most shed roofs are incapable of being stood on unless there is a tough frame. Remember, never step onto the roof of a decaying shed as you could seriously injure yourself. Start by stripping away the roofing felt to work out if panels need to be replaced. Some panels will be extremely easy to work out if they need replacing. Again, much like the flooring, most roofs are made from panels and they can be measured for easy replacement. After your roof is stable again, you can then re-felt the roof which means rain can run off the surface once again.
Another problem some sheds can face is framing for windows and doors becoming rotten. In most cases you are able to fix the framing using a filler and not have to remove the entire framing. You can purchase many timber fillers from all known DIY stores and following instructions on the tin, you can fill up parts of split timber easily. If the frame needs replacing, for example for a window, you will have to break out the existing frame carefully so that you can take measurements and also reuse the glass/styrene that acts as the window. Once you have removed the frame using a claw hammer, you can purchase needed timber and then nail the frame in once more. This will stop heat escaping in the winter.
Many other things can happen to your shed over the years, there are guides on the internet for almost anything these days. If you think your shed can be repaired then cost wise, it is much more effective to rebuild your wooden sheds rather than purchase another shed. However, as we all know, sometimes enough is enough and purchasing a new shed is required.
Once the shed is restored, it is a great idea to paint the shed with a preservative which will ensure a much tougher resistance to damage from weather.
Take a look at our metal sheds that we have on offer which are rot proof, meaning you never have to worry about rot again.