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How to Fix Warped Wood in Old Sheds

fix warped wood in sheds

When you buy a wood shed, the last thing you want to see many years down the road is warped wood. Due to climate conditions, some wood may be susceptible to warping. Don’t fret my friend,  because after reading this article, you will know how to prevent and fix warped wood in your building.

In order to keep wood from warping, keep your wood in a low-humidity environment, cool air with an approximate 55 percentage of humidity and some fresh air flow.

The worst thing that can happen to your wood storage environment is sudden change in temperature and humidity. If there is a drastic change in weather, check your stored wood to ensure that is dry and straight.

Wood becomes warped when too much moisture enters the wood. Wood stored improperly can become warped, but it’s not the end of the world. Warped wood can be fixed much of the time.

Fixing warped wood when working on a home improvement project isn’t usually easy. It usually adds work onto your project that wasn’t in your plans. The best move is prevention. Overall, warped wood can be inconvenient, but you can usually find a good solution.

Proper Ventilation Helps Keep Wood Fresh for Many Years

ventilating to prevent warping wood

Ventilating your building may prove to be the best preventative solution against warped wood. Add wall vents to allow fresh air to circulate inside your shed.

Wall Vents:

-Less condensation
-Evaporation of hazardous odors
-Heat reduction

ridge vents to air in sheds

When hot air rises, ridge vents come to the rescue! Ridge vents remove heated air from inside the roof space which can reduce moisture build up on wood.

A ridge vent, when properly installed, will allow the hot air that collects to escape as it rises in your shed. Ridge vents will help ventilate your wood storage building significantly.

 felt-drip-edge less moisture on wood

Drip Edge: Keeps the integrity of your building intact. The main purpose of a drip edge is to stop water from going back under the shingles.

Without drip edges, moisture may find its way underneath the shingles and will cause premature rot and decay. To help prevent wood warping, no outdoor building should be built without a drip edge.

How to Fix Warped Wood

Fixing warped wood is not always easy. But it can be worked around in some cases. If the bow is mild, a little elbow grease can sometimes do the trick.

Repairing warped wood can be done by adding moisture back into the wood and using clamps or a heavy object on top to get it to bend back into its original shape. Use a wet paper towel and then reshape the wood with a clamp or a heavy object on top. The wood will soak up the water and bend back into place.

The same can be done by using a wet towel and ironing the towel. The steam will pass through the towel into the wood.

Another way to do this is to use a steamer and clamps. Apply the clamps in the proper spots and then apply steam. Leave the clamps in place for several days.

Extremely warped and twisted wood fixes can be a little more complex. Since the wood will be shorter than the other pieces, it is often necessary to replace the wood. You can trim off the warped piece and use the shorter piece of wood for a shelf or another addition.

Have you ever dealt with warped wood? How did you go about fixing it? We would love to hear from our dedicated readers!

 DID YOU KNOW????????

True or False: An Airtight Shed is a High Quality Shed?

Hopefully you answered false. Airtight buildings are also musty places where the odor of tools and gasoline lingers. Vents allow for some ventilation, much as an attic is ventilated. They’re essential for larger buildings or any shed that stores gasoline powered tools and equipment. If you plan on storing gasoline powered equipment inside without any means of ventilation, your shed may be a potential fire hazard.

An airtight shed also will not allow for much air circulation which may lead to warped wood and very hot temperatures during the summer months.

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