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Maintenance Tips to Extend the Life of Your Garden Building

A timber garden building is an investment that should provide you with years of use and enhance your outdoor space. However, to ensure that you get the maximum benefit from the structure, it is important to carry out some routine maintenance. 

Timber is a highly durable and beautiful material, and with a little help it will remain in very good condition for many years to come. Here are some practical tips to extend the lifespan of your timber building and ensure that you have an excellent return on your investment. 

Ensure it has good drainage

Extended exposure to water can be damaging to the timber structure. Ensure that the garden room guttering is in good condition. Carry out a visual inspection and remove any blockages and debris so that rainwater has a clear route off the building. 

Check for any cracks or signs that the guttering is coming loose from its fixtures, and arrange for any damage to be repaired or replaced. Also inspect the land around the building for any signs of pooling water, which may indicate a blocked drain. 

Prolonged exposure to standing water can lead to water damage and rot, which could eventually undermine the structural integrity of the building. If there appears to be a persistent problem with accumulating water, consider reviewing the drainage system or engaging a professional to inspect it and propose a suitable solution. 

Carry out weatherproofing measures

Timber is a naturally durable material, but nonetheless it will start to show the effects of prolonged exposure to the elements unless you carry out some routine maintenance. Ideally, the garden room should be in a sunny position that is sheltered from strong winds. Prune any large trees with overhanging branches to allow more light to reach the building.

Inspect the building regularly for any sign of gaps or leaks, and carry out any necessary repairs. The timber should be treated once a year, or according to the manufacturer’s instructions, with a wood preservative or sealant. This will help to repel moisture and protect it from rot and water damage, and also help to preserve its natural appearance.

Some treatments also contain an element of UV protection, which will prevent the timber becoming excessively dry and discoloured. The treatment can also protect against mould growth, cracks and warping, which can make it difficult to open the doors and windows. 

If you do not take these precautions, over time the structural integrity of the building could become compromised. Ensure that you apply the treatment evenly to all areas of exposed timber, including roof and floor joists if necessary.

Inspect the roof

Carry out a visual inspection of the roof, looking for any signs of slipped or damaged tiles, worn or loose membrane, and cracks or gaps. Clear off any debris and check for signs of pooling water if it has a flat roof. Ideally, you should use a ladder to carry out a full inspection, but make sure that you follow the correct safety procedures.

Also inspect the ceiling inside the building for signs of leaks or any other issues. Watch out for any dark discoloured patches that could be a sign of water ingress. 

Inspect the windows, doors, and vents

Inspect the sealant around windows and doors for any gaps and cracks, and seal any openings with caulk or sealant. Check the vents and ensure that they are not blocked. Good ventilation is essential to ensure that mould does not accumulate inside the building, which can cause damage and also present health problems.

Check for pests

Pests such as termites, woodworm and rodents can cause significant damage to the building, and make it unsafe and unpleasant to use. Look for any telltale signs of an infestation, such as nests, piles of sawdust, droppings, holes, or chewed cables. 

Deal with any infestations promptly. There are various products available if you want to tackle the problem yourself. In severe cases you may prefer to enlist the help of a professional pest control service.

Remove dirt and debris

Clean out the gutters and remove any loose dirt and debris that has accumulated on and around the building. Cut back any excessive vegetation around the structure, and wash down the exterior of the building with a mild soap and water solution to remove dirt and mildew.

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