Storage sheds maintenance

There are many good things about having a storage shed. It is a great way to cut down on grocery lists, by having pre stocked items ready for use at any time. Sheds are a good way to store unused items long term.    

It is therefore important to ensure proper maintenance of one’s storage shed.

Every shed is prone to wear and tear. This is caused by factors like weathering, termites, rust, etc. Repairing damage to wood surfaces can be time consuming and costly.

It is far better to ensure timely intervention in such contingencies by dedicating proper maintenance techniques to one’s wood shed. These techniques are nearly free of cost and can be carried out within minimal time. 

Just a few minutes of routine examination and touching up to one’s sheds can prove beneficial in the long run.    

Wood sheds

Wood sheds are particularly prone to rotting. This can be prevented by installing a waterproof coating on susceptible wood surfaces. This would protect them from adverse conditions like rain and damp weather. It is a good idea to examine them routinely for cracks in the woodwork. These can be filled in by wood dust.   

Window sills can attract termite in the cracks between sill and bodywork. Therefore these areas need to be regularly checked. A good solution is to insulate these spaces with putty to prevent termite accumulation.    

The roof is prone to rusting over time. This can be prevented by covering it with a rubber sheet during rain and snow, to minimize this risk. 

Installing fire alarms can ensure against fire breaking out. Wood is flammable and catches fire easily. Although this is a rare contingency, it should be taken seriously as it can do serious damage if it occurs.   

Metal sheds

Metal is a great fabric to use for sheds since it doesn’t wear and tear easily. However it can accumulate rust in the long term. It can also be dented out of shape.

To prevent rusting, repaint the affected areas with a new layer of paint to insulate them.   

Dented parts can be replaced with new parts, if they are badly affected. This would ensure the shape and structure of the shed remains unchanged.    

Ventilation inside the shed is important to circulate air and thus prevent condensation, which can lead to rust. Constructing a few holes in the metalwork can help great air circulation. 

Some chemicals can be corrosive, and should not be allowed to come into contact with metal surfaces. This is especially important if metal sheds are used to store corrosive chemicals.

In such cases, proper care should be used to ensure the two elements do not come into contact with each other. Spilling of such chemicals can be averted by checking for loose lids and stoppers. 

Regularly clean the corners of your metal shed to clear mud stains, which can also lead to rusting. 

Plastic sheds

Plastic sheds are made of either resin or vinyl. These are relatively inert forms of material and don’t catch rust or wear and tear like most other materials. However there are some things that need to be considered in the maintenance of a plastic shed.    

Checking weak parts for loose ends can be effective to ensure against breakage. Plastic being fragile, can come apart easily, for example if a heavy object falls against a plastic shed door, unhinging it. Dirt accumulation is another problem. Weather and mud can cause accumulation of bacteria prone matter like mud inside the shed. This can adversely affect items like food products in the shed. To prevent this, wipe affected corners with a wet cloth dipped in disinfectant at least thrice a month.  All the four walls including the roof should be given a thorough wash down at least once every three months to prevent bacteria accumulation through dust and other elements.  


The above techniques can go a long way toward ensuring a well maintained storage shed. Most importantly, they should be created in ideal locations, where the chances of rusting, weathering, and dent related accidents can occur. Yards and back gardens are ideal places to create one’s shed. These are well sheltered areas, protected from the elements and external damage, while being easy to access.