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Weatherproofing your shed before winter

By RST Brands
December 21, 2014

Storing your outdoor furniture sets is important during winter, as the harsh conditions of some climates can cause wear and tear. Many homeowners choose to keep their pieces in a shed, as the structureis outside where their furniture normally sits. Sheds also prevent you from taking up space inside you house - nice, right? However, you should take precautions when keeping your outdoor sectionals inside a shed, as some can be leaky. You don't want snow damaging your belongings, so follow these stepsto weatherproof the structure:

Treat the wood
Wood sheds look nice and are durable, but the material can hold moisture. For this reason, you should use timber treatments that seal the wood and prevent it from soaking up moisture. Your shed may have already been treated by the manufacturers, so find out before you purchase the treatment yourself. If you do have to seal your shed, try using a wood cream - it will penetrate the wood, filling it so there's no room for water.

Check the floor
If water seeps onto the floor of your shed, youroutdoor furniture sets may be at risk. For this reason, checking on the quality and construction of your shed floor is a must. The flooring should be raised so groundwater doesn't pour in. If your shed is not currently lifted, place brick or cinder blocks beneath the floor - they'll become the shed's substructure. Furthermore, look for cracks in your foundation and fill them in, otherwise liquid has a route to your furniture,andyour pieces won't look nice come spring.

Seal the roof
Examine the shed's roof for gapsand seal any you find with water-resistant filler or caulk. Furthermore, take a look at the felting your shed has. Felt helps lock the roof so no air or moisture can get inside the structure. Mineral roofing felt is the strongest option and provides lasting protection. If your shed doesn't use this kind of felt, consider replacing it - keeping your furniture in good condition is worth the upgrade.

Look at panels
As with the floor and roof, check the siding of your shed for gaps or holes, then close any you find. Though the wind doesn't often blow sideways, pouring snow into your shed, precipitation can drip down onto the siding - those sneaky droplets!

Tips for storage
Sealing your shed may sound like a lot of work, but you can make the process easier with these tips:

  • Take your belongings out of the shed so you can see any cracks in the walls or floors.
  • Talk to a sales associate at your favorite hardware store to find the best sealing products.
  • Always put the covers on your outdoor furniture pieces. Even though the shed will be protected from environmental elements, you could have missed a crack. The covers help shield your items from water, denting (as a result of contacting other furniture) and dust.

Thanks to a bit of work and smart storage, your outdoor furniture sets should be in good shape come spring.