How to know when its time to replace your garden shed

A decent-quality garden shed is designed to last, and of course it’s not something you want to replace every week. But, like anything else, no shed can last forever. And while some smaller niggles, such as ripped roof felt, can be put right relatively simply more significant problems such as larger areas of warped timber or a base that’s become unstable make it more economical in the long run to invest in a new model.

What’s more, a shed that’s seen better days doesn’t just look unsightly. A leak could ruin your prized garden furniture, while gaps in the sides could let rodents in to wreak havoc.

If your unit is starting to look past its best, here’s our guide to when it’s time to replace rather than repair.

You’ve simply outgrown it

Firstly, if your shed is bulging at the seams, either because you’ve got too much stuff for the available space or you’ve taken up a new hobby and need more room. It is best to not risk damaging anything as you struggle to take it in and out of your too-small shed. Your existing shed can be sold on, but choosing a dry day to take it down will be best. Also, if your unit has more than five years on the clock, it can be harder – do it with two of you.

Look out for leaks

Especially after rain, check that no water is getting into your shed. New leaks can often easily be put right. But if this keeps happening, over time it can cause significant damage.

Is the wood warping?

Moisture can warp wood. And while sometimes timber can be manipulated back into place, if your shed is no longer functioning it will clearly need to be replaced.

Check doors and windows

Obviously these need to open and close completely and smoothly. You can fill in sealant around small gaps, but if windows and doors are beyond repair, you will need to invest in a new unit.

Has the rot set in?

Wood which has had extensive exposure to damp (e.g. if it’s been in direct contact with soil) may rot, so look over your shed for this. Small areas of rot can be dealt with fairly easily, but if it’s starting to undermine the structure of your shed, then it is beyond repair.

Have any panels come loose?

Unfortunately, this is also bad news for your shed.  However, while you can fix a few pieces of loose wood by nailing them back in place. Unfortunately, if your shed is no longer held together securely. It’s structurally unsound and has reached the end of its life.

General stability

An uneven base, damaged floor and loose fastenings are all sure signs that your shed could collapse, and that you need a new one.

How we can help you choose a new shed

Need a new garden shed? Here at Dunster House, models offer unbeatable value and superlative quality. Look forward to outstanding security and all the space you require for whatever you’re using your shed for. Additionally, our pressure-treated sheds come with a decade-long guarantee against fungal decay and rot.

Browse our selection of garden sheds online right now, and be in touch if you have any questions to ask us.

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