Spending a few minutes each fall inspecting your shed is time very well spent. This small action can help you catch maintenance issues while they are still minor and prevent major problems from developing.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
“A stitch in time saves nine.”
These types of sayings offer good advice on how to spot problems early on before they become serious. This applies to many aspects of life, especially when it comes to sheds. This is why it’s a good idea to inspect your shed every year for potential maintenance issues and problems.
An annual inspection of your shed is the first step in preventative maintenance. Instead of waiting for a small problem to develop into a big one, it’s a much better idea to inspect your shed once a year to identify any minor issues and get them fixed before they develop into serious maintenance problems.
It is important to do your annual shed maintenance inspection at approximately the same time every year. If you do this, it will become a habit. A good time for scheduling your annual inspection is early autumn. It is a good idea to get minor problems fixed before they get worse and the winter weather conditions set in.
An annual shed maintenance inspection will save you money and time.
So what should you be looking for during your shed inspection?
There are five main steps to take during your annual shed maintenance inspection. The entire process should only take about 10 minutes.
Take a notebook with you so you can write down any necessary repairs that will need to be performed.
1. First inspect the outside of the shed by walking around the perimeter.
This represents the introductory, big picture phase of the inspection.
How does the shed look overall? Does the paint job look tired? Are any parts of the shed coming loose? Are there any signs of damage? Be sure to take notes and also pictures of the shed so that you can use them as a reference point in the future to see if any marginal problems get worse with time.
2. Inspect the roof.
Look to see if there are any signs of damage. The shed’s roof gets the most exposure to rain, wind, sun and all kinds of weather. Debris often falls on the roof as well. If the roof is damaged, water will be able to seep into the inside of the shed.
Pay close attention to the ridge, eaves and hips (for sheds that have hipped roofs). These roof parts are more likely to become damaged from falling branches and other debris. Contact Chase Construction North West to help fix your damaged roof.
Next closely inspect the roofing tiles or felt for damage. If there is damage, is it extensive damage brought on by a hailstorm or other serious weather condition, or is more localized from a branch falling onto the roof?
When was the last time you put a new roof cover on your shed. The life span of roofing materials vary and range from 5 up to 30 years.
Also be sure to inspect the gutters and make sure to clean out any debris that has accumulated. If the gutters become blocked, water may overflow and seep into the walls of the shed.
3. Thoroughly inspect the walls of the shed.
Check for any damage, especially around the windows and door.
Besides the roof, the walls of a shed are the most exposed part. Be sure to closely inspect all four walls. Pay close attention to the external corners as well as the door and window junctions. Check for gaps as well as loose or split timber cladding.
4. Inspect around the base of the shed
Walk around the shed and keep a close look out for build-up of insects, animals or debris. Also check for signs of any potential water damage. A shed’s base can receive water damage from both the ground underneath it as well as above from the roof.
Above water damage is caused by water running off the roof and then splashing on the ground. This can keep the shed’s base wet for long periods of time, resulting in rot and other water damage.
Debris built up around the shed’s base can cause the timbers to remain wet for long periods of time, which can also lead to rot. Clear any built-up debris away from the base of the shed. This will restore the necessary ventilation that the base timbers need.
5. Inspect the interior of the shed.
Check for any signs of water damage coming from leaks in the walls or roof. Also inspect the floor to see if there are any signs of rotting or sagging floor boards.
An external inspection of the shed helps to locate large scale damage, while an interior inspection is helpful with identifying any signs of water leaks or localized timber rotting during the early stages before they develop into serious problems.
Once any problem areas or signs of damage have been identified, repairs should be done right away before they become serious problems.
Your annual shed maintenance inspection takes just 10 minutes of your time. However, failing to do these inspections can turn out to be very expensive.
A yearly 10 minute inspection of your shed can prevent having to pay for expensive repairs.
Take 10 minutes of your time to perform an annual shed maintenance inspection. Take a quick look at: the entire shed, the roof of the shed, the walls, the shed foundation, and the interior of the shed.
Spend one ounce of effort towards shed repair instead of a pound of effort for minor issues that develop into big problems because they were not identified and repaired early on.
So take the time to perform your annual shed maintenance inspection, and be prepared to do any necessary repairs right away.