At A-Shed USA, we’re proud to serve as your top custom shed and garage builder. Whether you need a custom storage shed, an offset garage or any other custom structure from our construction professionals, we’re here to provide you with the highest-quality materials and construction available.
We’re also always on hand to provide expertise and tips regarding the care and maintenance of our products, which are important areas for keeping them in proper shape and allowing them to last decades on your property. With summer quickly giving way to fall, a brief respite before the cold Utah winter hits, it’s important for owners of sheds, garages and other outdoor storage buildings to perform a few areas of basic maintenance. In this two-part blog, we’ll go over both indoor and outdoor areas to consider when performing fall upkeep on your shed or storage building – let’s start with outdoor areas first.
One of the most important maintenance areas for a shed involves allowing for proper air circulation, which in turn limits moisture buildup that can lead to moss, mold and mildew. A simple way to help improve air flow is through trimming grass, shrubs and other vegetation from the base of the structure, plus pruning overhanging trees that might break under the weight of snow during the winter.
Down similar lines, keep fall leaves cleaned and far away from your structure, as they not only disrupt air flow but also may attract pests. The same goes for any other areas of minor debris or buildups that may cause issues.
Another area you’re looking to avoid during the fall is the buildup of algae, which is most common on a shingle roof if there’s limited sunlight and moisture combined. Apart from looking to reverse such conditions if they’re present, regularly inspect the roof to ensure no algae or moss is growing – if some is present, remove it with a gently brush and a shingle detergent. You can also use a 50-50 mixture of bleach and water as your solution here.
To avoid everything from mold and mildew to paint deterioration, the fall is a good time of year to use a hose, brush and mild detergent to wash the exterior siding of the shed or structure. We don’t recommend using a pressure washer, which may force water under the panels and lead to damage.
During your inspection, you may notice siding paint that’s begun to wear down over a period of years. This may be due to scrapes from tree branches or shrubs, or even from lawn equipment or overly excited kids. If you find compromised coating anywhere, you can use acrylic exterior latex paint to cover it.
For more on outdoor areas for fall shed maintenance, or to learn about any of our new custom shed options, speak to the staff at A-Shed USA today.