Winters in the UK may not be as harsh as they are in other European countries but they still take their toll on our gardens. Our Garden Buildings are hand-crafted for longevity, but that doesn't mean that there are not things you can do to help. Here are our top tips on how best to look after your garden buildings through the cold, wet and frosty months of the year.
Avoid damp developing
- First of all, use a set of steps or a ladder to inspect the roof of your building: what does it look like? The chances are you will be faced with leaves from surrounding trees, maybe some mud and twigs. These need to be removed to avoid potential water build-up (and ultimately damp) where rain can’t escape and pools on top of the roof.
- Carry out the same process on your guttering. Do they need unclogging? Is there any build-up inside that needs removing to avoid water getting stuck? As water contracts and expands with the changing temperatures, the guttering can suffer long-term damage.
- Is there anything in close proximity to, or resting up against the side your building? Be in mud, turf or timber move it away as this can attract damp, which will eventually rot your building.
Remove low-hanging branches
Are there any branches getting rather close to the roof of your building? If so, make sure to clip them back to a safe distance to avoid any damage to the roof or sides of your building.
Clean your building
Your building will likely get dirty over winter, so if you want to clean it you will need a bucket of warm, soapy water (no bleach or harsh chemicals should be used, just some washing up liquid will do the trick to avoid damaging any paintwork) and a soft sponge (not a scourer or anything abrasive to avoid scratches). Gently work all of the mud and grime off it. Finally, clean any windows you have until it looks as good as new again.
Not only do these house-keeping (shed-keeping) tips keep your building looking good through the winter, but they also help its longevity by avoiding any problems that may cause damage to it in the long-term.
Hopefully these pointers have been of some use and you can make sure that your building stays in tip-top condition, even through winter.