This winter has been an exceptionally mild one, particularly on the country’s west coast, which has experienced a series of damaging weather events over the course of the season. Though Wales has escaped much of the damage inflicted upon other parts of the country, such as Cumbria, it’s still experienced considerable rainfall – in December, it received more than double the historical average for the month.
One might think that an outdoor shed would be a hindrance in such circumstances – such a building is, on the face of it, far less capable of withstanding high winds and precipitation than a brick-and-mortar main building. But timber sheds are far more durable than they might first appear, and given proper maintenance, can prove a useful tool in the battle against weather-based destruction in your garden.
In this article, we’ll examine how a shed might be of considerable use during the winter – and during the summer, too.
What’s so great about a shed?
During storm events, the first priority should be to secure any items in your garden that might be moved around by strong winds – and to anchor into place any items that cannot be moved, like garden furniture. Naturally, you don’t want objects like plant pots and garden shears being thrown around during a storm. Not only will they almost certainly be damaged, they’ll also inflict damage upon anything unfortunate enough to be in the way when the storm occurs.
A shed will provide an ideal location to remove those loose items to. What’s more, you’ll be able to store your tools and other gardening supplies there on days where there isn’t a storm coming. This will save you the trouble of having to keep dirty tools inside your house, where they’ll inevitably either spread muck around your interior, or cause you to take considerable pains to prevent them from doing so.
Of course, a shed is capable of serving as something much more than a simple storage location. If you’re fond of spending those summer months in your garden, then a sufficiently spacious shed can also double as a summer house, for when you feel like relaxing during the sunnier months.
Naturally, not all sheds are created equally. They come in a range of shapes, sizes, and levels of quality. Be sure to select a shed from a reputable supplier – fortunately, there is no shortage of purveyors of fine sheds in North Wales. Select one that most closely matches your garden, and your needs.
If you’re feeling especially extravagant, then you might even consider installing a more substantial building in your back garden for the purpose, complete with running water and electricity. This might serve as an especially secure shed, as a retreat, or even as a guest house. Naturally this will involve a great deal more work in securing planning permission, and shopping – fortunately you’re never far from a timber, building material or plumber merchant in North Wales, and there’s no shortage of construction talent to help you with the project, either!
The results may prove more than worthwhile, depending on your circumstances and requirements. It might even add considerably to the resale value of your property!
Like any wooden structure, timber sheds are vulnerable to rot. Small microbes like fungus will happily take up residence inside the grain of the wood, chewing away at it until there’s nothing much left. This risk is especially acute during the winter, when higher levels of moisture are abound, and evaporation is consequently far slower.
You can guard against this problem through the use of exterior wood treatments. These come in a number of different forms, ranging from rub-on oils to spray-on preservers. If you feel like it, you can even paint your shed any colour you like – though you’ll need to select a paint to complement the sort of material you’ve built the shed from.
As well as protecting the wood, you’ll also want to occasionally check the roof to see that the felt is still intact. This felt is what allows precipitation to drain swiftly to the sides of the shed, and thereby protects the roof from leaks. Over time, however, wear and tear can mean that rainwater is allowed to soak into the roof. The shed’s lifespan can thereby dramatically shorten. Guard against this unwelcome eventuality by checking the roof ever so often. Replacement felt is inexpensive and easy to install – so there’s no excuse not to get it done at the earliest opportunity.