When Should I Replace My Shed?

No matter how well built your shed might be, it will eventually need some maintenance or renovation. Some shed problems can easily be fixed, whereas others may require a costly repair. If you’re looking to go that route, we may recommend replacing the structure if this is more financially viable.

A damaged shed is not just an eyesore; it’s also a safety hazard. You could be killing your garden furniture with leaks and gaps in the wood that let rats and other vermin through.

If your shed is looking a little worse for wear, then maybe it’s time to give yourself an upgrade. If you have a ripped felt roof, the most simple thing is to get it fixed without investing in new construction. On the other hand, the following signs indicate that it may be best to buy something new instead of repairing an old shed:

Leaks and Wood Warping

Leaks are one of the most common causes of damage in sheds. Not only do they cause an unpleasant smell, but also mould and rot. The damage from large areas of rot can be severe and will ultimately lead to the shed’s structural integrity being compromised. If you’ve been noticing a pesky leak again and again, it might be more difficult than initially thought to fix the problem. The best option may be to get a new shed if the wood is damaged beyond repair.

Rain can cause more than just leaks! It’s important to be aware of what else you might not have seen coming. The effects of moisture on wood are not pretty and can lead to lasting damage, such as warped timber. Sometimes, it is possible to manipulate the wood back into place. However, the shed should be scrapped if it has become too misshaped to use.

Damaged Doors, Windows and Panels

In order to keep your shed in good shape, you need to make sure every element of the structure is working properly. To avoid leaks and damp patches, doors and windows should be easy to open and close. You can fill in any gaps around the openings with sealant to fix this issue. The difference in size between these gaps tells us how much damage there is. Larger differences mean more severe damage that may be impossible to fix! In this case, we strongly advise looking for a new shed. 

Likewise, loose panels can cause a great deal of harm to your shed. Having too many dislodged panels will make the structure of your shed vulnerable to collapse. If you notice one or two panels have become loose, don’t panic! Simply nail them back into place before heading off in search of a professional. Sheds do not last forever, so if the situation gets worse, we advise getting a new one to avoid damaging your garden and storage when it inevitably collapses.

Contact Outside Interests Before It’s Too Late

Maybe you need a larger shed because your current one just isn’t big enough. It can be very inconvenient to have to root through piles and stacks of storage to find that little garden tool you were looking for. You can now have the perfect shed to suit your needs and requirements.
Outside Interests offers bespoke sheds that will transform how you do gardening, whether it’s for professional or personal use. Why wait? Get in touch with our team today, and we’ll be happy to help you decide on the best plan for your needs. Alternatively, come down to our Barnham showroom, where you can browse some of the sheds we have on offer.

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