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How to Treat Your Timber Shed or Summerhouse: A Quick Guide

September 4, 2023

Remember to treat your timber shed

Midland Sheds & Summer Houses understands how important it is to treat your timber shed or summerhouse to get the maximum life out of it. That’s why all our sheds come to you having gone through the tanilisation process. This helps protect the wood from rot. However, it is still important to look after and treat your timber shed or summerhouse regularly to ensure it lasts a long time. Read on for our top tips on how to treat your timber shed or summerhouse correctly.

Understanding the Importance of Timber Treatment

Before diving into the how, let’s understand the why. Timber is a natural material that requires ongoing care to maintain its condition and appearance. Treating your timber shed or summerhouse can protect it from harsh weather conditions, prevent decay and insect infestation, and enhance the aesthetic appeal of the wood.

Timber treatment also extends the lifespan of your shed or summerhouse, ensuring that it remains a functional and attractive part of your garden for years to come. In essence, treating your timber shed is not just a task, but an investment.

Preparing Your Shed or Summerhouse for Treatment

Preparation is key when it comes to treating your timber shed or summerhouse. First, clean the timber thoroughly to remove any dust, dirt or mould. Use a stiff brush to scrub away stubborn grime, then rinse with water and allow the timber to dry completely.

Next, inspect the timber for any signs of damage such as cracks or rot. If any is found, these areas should be repaired or replaced before treatment begins. Finally, make sure to cover any windows or non-wood surfaces to protect them from the treatment product.

Step-by-Step Guide to Treat Your Timber Shed

  1. Choose Your Treatment Product: There are many products available on the market, including oils, stains, and paints. Oils penetrate deep into the timber to provide long-lasting protection, while stains and paints provide a layer of protection on the surface and can also alter the colour of the wood.
  2. Application: Apply the treatment product evenly across the timber using a brush or spray. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding application and drying times.
  3. Repeat: Most timber treatments will require more than one coat for adequate protection. Be sure to allow each coat to dry thoroughly before applying the next.
  4. Maintenance: Regular maintenance is essential to keep your shed or summerhouse in top condition. Check the timber annually for any signs of wear or damage, and reapply treatment as necessary.

Treating your timber shed or summerhouse is a relatively straightforward task that can have significant benefits for the lifespan and appearance of your structure. With the right preparation, products, and ongoing care, your timber shed or summerhouse can remain a beautiful and functional part of your garden for many years to come.

Remember, it’s not just a shed, it’s an extension of your home. Treat it with care.


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