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Storage Shed Preventive Maintenance

After you buy or build your storage building, there will still be a little work to do from time to time. There will come a time when you will need to perform maintenance and minor repairs. This section will guide you through the basic process and offer information on setting up a preventive maintenance program that will not eat all your spare time.

Whatever material your storage building is made of, it will last longer and serve you better with preventive maintenance checks and good maintenance practices. Maintenance is the life of your storage shed.

Storage shed preventive maintenance

First and foremost, prevention is the key to any good maintenance program. This should start at the very beginning of the process. Your choice of materials will set the pace for your maintenance needs in the future. Some materials are just more durable than others, but some of the less durable materials may be needed to fit some applications. Other preventive measures would include things like avoiding tool and equipment dings, dents, and damage which can compromise the integrity of the structure.

Tools for shed maintenance

Storage shed materials

It is just hard to avoid the fact that galvanized and painted steel will outlast wood or composite sidings. It is not a sales tactic, it is just the truth. It is also true that such materials will require less maintenance over the extended life of the building than their wood and composite counter parts. These are just the facts. Knowing this to be true, makes choosing material based on ease and longevity a ‘no brainer”. However, ease and longevity are not the only factors in choosing a building or the materials used to build it.

Other factors may include, appearance, price, and local restrictions. Sometimes it may be necessary to blend an additional feature such as a shed with the home and landscape, and in such cases, wood may be the best choice. Budget restraints may make wood or composite siding the initial best choice, although the additional maintenance costs over several years will probably make the steel siding a more economical choice in the long run. Home Owners Associations seem to prefer wooden structures over metal structures, so if you have a HOA where you live, you may have little choice in the matter. Whatever the reason, wood and composite sidings will require a higher level of maintenance.

Metal storage shed preventive maintenance

Maintenance for metal sheds is simple. Once a year, or more often if you like, you should perform the following inspection and follow up:

Debris

Keep the top free of debris like tree limbs. Such things can cause a build up of organic materials that can add stress to the structure. Denting or sagging could result, and water damage could be a consequence.

Cleaning

Give the building a good cleaning to remove grime. Use a mild detergent with no abrasives.

Touch up

During the cleaning process you may have noted some scratches or dings to the siding. In such cases, let the spot dry completely, and then use a little oil based paint matching your color to touch up those spots.

Level

Check the building to be sure it is level. The first indication of this will probably be sticking doors. If the doors should become “sticky” between annual inspections, check the structure with a spirit level, and adjust it as needed.

Fasteners

Tighten or replace loose or missing screws. This will help to avoid water and wind damage. check with a nut driver and tighten as needed. The addition of a small amount of silica sealer to the threads of screws that were extremely loose may help to prevent this in the future.

Wooden storage shed preventive maintenance

Wood rot occurs only in the presence of moisture. There is no such thing as dry root, If wood is dry and rotting, water was present at some point to initiate the rot, and the rotting will stop once the moisture is removed.

Knowing this, we can understand that the most significant danger to a wood or composite structure is moisture, so preventing moisture is our main objective. This simply means, that we need to keep the wooden surfaces from being penetrated by moisture by sealing them with paint or sealer and caulk. Some woods are resistant to moisture damage, but even these will benefit from proper sealing.

Once a year, your wooden or composite structure should be:

  • Inspected
  • Leveled
  • Cleaned
  • Re-sealed

This is the best preventive maintenance possible. Special attention should be paid to any openings in the structure such as doors, windows, and vents, as these are usually the primary entrance points for rain or irrigation water, and the first places to show signs of damage. Look for discoloration around the frames of the openings, and seal with caulk or weatherstrip, whichever is needed. This should be done whether it appears to be needed or not. All joints should be re-caulked, and all surfaces should get a coat of paint or sealer. Shingles should be inspected and replaced if needed. Doing this consistently will add years of life to your wooden shed.

Vinyl storage shed preventive maintenance

All of the applicable points for wood and metal sheds should be taken into account with vinyl sheds. They should be cleaned, sealed, and leveled at least once per year.

 

 

 

Steel Storage Buildings Building Materials

Steel Storage Buildings Building Materials

The type of material used for a storage building or any type of portable utility building will largely determine the long-term durability of that building. It has been our experience that steel storage buildings provide the best longevity, and any extra cost above the other building materials is offset by that longevity. Steel storage buildings will actually cost less in the long run!

Comparing steel storage buildings with other materials

Have you ever taken a close look at storage buildings that have been around for a few years in an irrigated, or otherwise damp and humid back yard? I am willing to bet that their condition is dependent on one particular aspect of their construction, the materials they were built with! Sure, there may be other factors, like the craftsmanship that went into the building, and the design of the structure, but all other things being equal, the material is the key to longevity.

Composite shingles

Let’s start at the top. A building built with composite shingles will almost always have a few missing after a year or so. They get lifted by the wind, moisture and debris settles between them, and eventually, they will age and break off with the next big gust. If this condition persists, anything inside will suffer, including the floors.

Wood siding

The material used for the walls of the building is another critical factor. Wood, or wood composite materials may look great initially, but will alternately absorb moisture, and dry out continually. This loosens the grip of the fasteners and the seals. It eventually causes problems with the paint. It also causes problems with the material itself, and will eventually lead to rot and decay. If you have one of these, the best way to maintain the building is to clean, reseal, and paint it about once a year, or every 18 months. The average cost for such a project is about $500.00 per year!

Doors

Doors are also important. Wood or composite doors have the same problems as wood or composite siding, plus, they are heavy, and with all the moisture problems, they eventually sag. This type of material will inevitably allow moisture to get to the floor of the entry, rotting away several inches of flooring at this critical point.

Plastics and vinyl

Plastics and vinyls suffer from ultraviolet light, even the ones that are uv coated. They also have other problems, like sensitivity to heat and cold. These materials will warp and undulate with changing temperatures, and will eventually develop a coat of unattractive powder on their surfaces. After a while, they will become brittle and crack with the first sharp blow they receive.

Floors and framing

The inside flooring and the frame of the structure are important as well. It should be of the best material available, and as long as it is structurally sound, it will be fine, that is, if moisture is kept from invading it. That is the function of the shell of the building, the roof, and walls, and openings. If these are made of the right materials, no moisture can get inside to cause damage.

What is the best building material?

Steel sheds

So, what is the best material for covering a utility building? That’s easy, metal siding and roofing! The best metal for the job is galvanized and painted steel. The best door covering materials? Light weight metals like aluminum!

What to look for in a storage building

Look for quality utility buildings manufactured with the finest wood framing materials, protected by galvanized, enamel coated steel panels, from manufactures who offer long term warranties on the material and workmanship. We suggest metal clad, double sealed doors, which will prevent the door area rot so common on other types of buildings. If you choose a roll up, or garage type door, ask about the warranty for this as well.

Steel storage buildings and maintenance

Maintenance? That is the beautiful part about steel storage buildings. They are virtually maintenance free, and that gives you a longer lasting building, that looks better, keeps your possessions safe, and won’t cost you hundreds of dollars a year for cleaning, painting, and sealing! The building should be kept clean, free of debris, and checked periodically for things like loose screws, and door and window operation. This will add to the buildings life expectancy.

Other options

For sheer practicality, steel coverings are the best materials for the money, but there are situations where other types of materials are warranted. If you want a Japanese style tea room, or some type of rustic look, wood will be your best option. Permanent additions to the home landscape might call for a brick or stone building. Matching the siding of your vinyl covered home might make vinyl a good choice. Modern steel storage buildings come in a wide variety of colors, which will match almost anything on your property, so you should have no problem with color continuity.