Cold weather is in the air and ice is on the roads in many parts of the country. If you haven’t done it already, now is a good time to winterize your shed.
There are no hard and fast rules to preparing your shed for winter and much of how you winterize your shed will depend on how you use it.
If your shed is going to be sitting idle all winter, filled with gardening tools and storage for summer activities, the best way to start is by emptying everything out, cleaning, inspecting, and patching up cracks in the walls and roof.
If you plan to use your backyard shed during the winter, however, you will need to do all of the above and then some. No matter what, first things first, clean it up.
Backyard garden sheds can get pretty dirty over the summer and fall when yard becomes more of a priority.
Winter is a good time to make sure your floors and walls are free from debris. This will be easier if you empty out the shed first. Clean up any tools while they are outside and empty the gas on any motorized garden tools, like lawnmowers and leaf blowers.
Cover up your garden tools once you’ve put them back inside. Any summertime tools that won’t be needed should be stored in the back and wintry tools should be stored near the front for easy access.
Once you’ve cleaned and organized, do interior and exterior inspections. Make sure to patch up holes. Don’t forget to check the roof for any potential leaky areas. In the winter, it will be especially important to check for leaks and weak spots on the roof to ensure that damage doesn’t get any worse during inclement weather.
While you’re inspecting your shed, check your weatherstripping for cracks. You may need to replace it. If you don’t already have weatherstripping, now may be a good time to add it.
Outfitting Your Shed for Hobbies During the Winter
Many people prefer to use their sheds year round for hobbies and crafting or for privacy. The desire for these activities doesn’t change during the winter, and often, you may find that you desire them even more.
So, getting your shed up to speed for the winter may require a little more than just cleaning, repairing and organizing.
If you wish to use your shed in the winter, consider insulating the walls and doors. Insulating your shed can be simpler than you may think.
After you’ve installed some insulation and weatherstripping, you may still wish to invest in a heat source to keep yourself cozy while you spend time outside if live in a climate that stays below freezing for most of the winter.
A wood burning stove is a great energy and heat source, but they can be pricey as well as unsafe if not installed correctly. So, if that isn’t an option, then an electric space heater may be your best bet.
Get Your Shed Ready for Winter
With winter upon us, it’s a good time to make sure your shed is ready to make it through the next several months. Whether you are just priming it for seasonal storage or fixing it up to be ready for your winter seclusion, make sure it’s ready when the winter storms start to beat down, otherwise you’ll be in for a lot more cleaning come spring.