Nothing lasts forever, and as much as most sheds are built to be durable, it’s not uncommon for them to eventually start to deteriorate. Some shed issues can easily be fixed, whilst others can be incredibly costly to rectify, in which case replacing the structure may prove more financially viable for you.
A damaged shed can be disastrous for your garden. For starters, it will likely look unsightly, which will ruin your garden landscape and may be a source of stress to anyone who takes pride in the aesthetics of their garden. On a more practical level, any leaks may prove fatal for your garden furniture, and gaps in the wood could let in rats and other vermin.
Have you been assessing your shed and wondering whether or not it’s time for a refresh? If it’s something as simple as a ripped felt roof, you can easily get that fixed without investing in a new structure. However, certain signs indicate that a brand new shed would be the best course of action.
Leaks and Wood Warping
As mentioned above, leaks can be extremely damaging to any items you have stored in the shed and may cause rotting and mould over time. Whilst small areas of rot are relatively easy to remove, larger areas can damage the structural integrity of the shed. Although it is generally pretty easy to fix new leaks, those that keep cropping up again and again may be harder to seal over. It may be that the wood is damaged beyond repair, in which case a new shed is your best and cheapest option.
Leaks aren’t the only problem to contend with when it comes to rain. Excessive moisture has the potential to warp timber over the course of time, which can put a lot of strain on the shed itself. It may be possible to manipulate the wood back into place in some cases. However, wherever the shed has become so misshaped that it is no longer functional, you may have to scrap it altogether and look into finding a new one.
Damaged Doors, Windows and Panels
In order for your shed to function properly without risk of damage to your storage, each element of the structure needs to remain intact and solid. Doors and windows should be easy to open and close to avoid leaks and damp patches. If there are any gaps around the openings, you may be able to fill them with sealant to fix the issue. However, larger gaps indicate more severe damage to the shed and may prove impossible to fix. In this case, we strongly recommend looking into a new shed altogether.
Likewise, loose panels can wreak havoc on the health of your shed. Too many dislodged panels will affect the structure of the building, meaning the shed is no longer held together properly and is at risk of collapsing. If only one or two panels have become loose, try nailing them back into place before panicking. However, if the situation worsens, we advise getting a new shed to avoid damaging your garden and storage when it inevitably collapses.
Contact Outside Interests Before It’s Too Late
Then again, maybe you just need a new shed because you’ve outgrown your current one. There’s nothing worse than having to root through piles and stacks of storage to find that little garden tool you were looking for. Outside Interests offers bespoke sheds that will transform the way you do your gardening. For more details on our services, why not get in touch with the team today? They will be happy to advise you on the best option for you. Alternatively, come down to our Barnham showroom to have a browse of some of the sheds we have on offer.