4 Steps to Waterproofing Your Garden Shed
Your garden shed holds all your important tools, including lawn mowers and shovels. If you don't waterproof your shed properly, you can actually cause more damage to your tools. Here are four steps to waterproofing your garden shed that will ensure your garden tools and equipment are kept safe and moisture-free through the year.
Seal the Foundation
When you seal the foundation, you may think of sealing the interior floor only. However, you should seal the outside of the foundation as well. The outer foundation, usually made of concrete, comes into contact with not only wet conditions during rain or snow, but also with wet soil. Make sure the concrete is sealed to prevent the moisture from seeping into the cement and causing cracks and damage to areas of the floor that you can't see. By the time cracks become noticeable inside the shed, it may be too late to simply repair.
Seal the Windows
The windows of your garden shed can be easily overlooked during the waterproofing process. When you waterproof the windows, make sure you are sealing the entire area. This means putting a waterproof seal on the wood casing of the window, a silicone or similar waterproof seal along the window edges, and stripping near latches or closures. This will ensure that all the areas of the windows are protected. Make sure you are protecting the exterior of the windows as well.
Seal the Roof
Many garden sheds have open roof areas where you can see the beams and the trusses. If this is the case with your garden shed, make sure the support beams and trusses are sealed along with the roof itself. If the roof has any areas where moisture can leak in, it can cause wood rot and damage to anything kept inside the shed.
Place a Dehumidifier
The final step in waterproofing your garden shed is to place a dehumidifier or moisture absorber in the area. This will draw any last bit of moisture out of the area to prevent rust or damage, especially during climate changes. If you use a moisture absorber, make sure to replace it according to the manufacturer directions.
Also, make sure the dehumidifier you use is suitable for the size of your garden shed. You can find this out by checking on the label of the dehumidifier or absorber for the coverage area and compare it to your shed size.
If you are uncertain about how to waterproof your shed or if you need a professional, contact a local waterproofing contractor such as Australian Waterproofing Company. They can give you advise for your specific shed type and a price estimate for professional services.