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Keep your shed in top condition with our woodcare blog

Published 11th January 2023
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If you've invested in a new garden shed, you'll want to make sure it's protected. After all, it's going to be subjected to the elements. That's why it's important to remember that the right wood treatments, sealants, paints, and varnishes can make all the difference to the life of your shed.

Wood treatment

The simplest option is to maintain your wooden shed with wood treatment. This helps to protect the wood against water and insect damage, as well as reduce the effects of UV radiation from being in the sun.

These preservers and protectors penetrate deep into the wood and provide an extra layer of defence against the elements. Be sure to follow the directions on the product you choose and apply it as recommended.

Outdoor wood paint

Paint isn't just about decorating, it is also a great way to maintain the integrity of your wooden shed. Exterior wood paints form a protective layer around the wood, preventing water and other elements from penetrating the wood and allowing damp and decay to set in.

It also allows you to get the look you want and make your shed appear as good as new as an added bonus. Be sure to follow the directions on the product you choose and apply it as frequently as recommended.

Wood varnish

Using varnish is a great way to finish your woodcare. Rather than penetrating, it forms a protective barrier that also gives a glossy look. You can use varnish alongside exterior wood paint to preserve the quality and further prevent water from getting into your shed and damaging it.

Wood-effect garden sheds

While it's now relatively easy to protect and maintain a wooden shed, if you want to avoid the effort while keeping the appearance, plastic sheds can be a great alternative and many can be found with a wood-effect design.

Still not sure which to buy? Take a look at our garden shed buying guide for a breakdown of the different types and materials.

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