Building a shed is a big investment and it needs maintenance and care, much like other investments such as homes or cars.
Buffalo Built Managing Director Ross Barker has seen all the highs and lows of shed maintenance.
Here are his top tips for ensuring your shed stays in premium condition.
Ross says it’s critical to not build a garden bed directly next to your shed.
If you must put a garden, it needs to have a concrete barrier.
“Soil and bark can void the warranty on the Colorbond,” he says.
After decades of experience, Ross says the only trouble he’s had with Colorbond has been because of this.
The inspectors come out and immediately say that the warranty is void because of the garden beds touching the Colorbond.
He suggests a 200mm-300mm wide concrete plinth around sheds to ensure moisture from soil and bark is well separated from the shed walls.
“Also, don’t pour wet concrete directly onto the shed, make sure you keep it below the iron level.”
Ross says it’s a good idea to have a roller door technician service your motorised roller doors every two to three years.
Not only does this ensure the motor is in top shape, they can also adjust the tension as the door ages, which will avoid motor burn out in the future.
Keeping your shed clean is a great way to keep it looking good and lasting even longer.
Ross advises customers to hose them down as necessary, which is rarely for vertical Colorbond installation.
However, with horizontal cladding dust can settle in the ribs in dry weather and it will require more regular cleaning.
“Vermin seal flashing not only keeps vermin out but also keeps a lot of dust out as well,” says Ross.
This is also a great way to protect whatever you’re storing in your shed as well.
PRO TIP: Seal the floor
Sealing your shed floor makes it easier to clean out and keeps it looking brand new for longer.
We’ve all seen sheds with grease spills on the concrete and all manor or stains – they are not appealing.
Ross says this can be a clear seal or he’s really happy how the pictured shed turned out.
The concrete was sealed with a grey paint.
“The shed floor is not only protected, but it also looks great,” he says.