Farm Shed Maintenance Tips

30 April

Building a shed is a big investment and it needs maintenance and care, much like other investments such as homes or cars.

Buffalo Built’s 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.

Picture of Ross Barker
Ross Barker

Managing Director, Buffalo Built

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Farm Shed Maintenance and Cleaning Tips

Garden Beds

Ross says it’s critical to not build a garden bed directly next to your shed. If you must put a garden alongside your shed, it needs to have a concrete barrier.

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 the garden beds are touching the Colorbond. To solve this problem, Ross suggests a 200 mm – 300 mm wide concrete plinth around sheds to ensure moisture from soil and bark is well separated from the shed walls.

"Soil and bark can void the warranty on the COLORBOND. Also, don't pour wet concrete directly onto the shed - make sure you keep it below the iron level.”
Ross Barker
Ross Barker

Roller Doors

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, but they can also adjust the tension as the door ages, which will avoid motor burnout 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 required 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 Sealing

“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 slab and all manner of stains – they are not appealing. Ross says this can be a clear seal or even a painted finish as shown in the image above. He’s really happy with how the pictured shed turned out – the concrete was sealed with grey paint.

“The shed floor is not only protected, but it also looks great.”
Ross Barker
Ross Barker
Buffalo Built Sheds
Picture of Ross Barker

Ross Barker

Managing Director, Buffalo Built

Get Shed Maintenance Advice from Buffalo Built Sheds

If you’d like more information on how to design, build and maintain a high-quality shed in Wangaratta, Mansfield and surrounds, call Buffalo Built on (03) 5721 2633.