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Preparing your garden shed for winter

Here in New Zealand, our harsh winters can really take a toll on your garden shed. If you’re not careful, your shed can develop leaks and other damage from excess snow and ice on the rooftop and leaves in the drainage system. Now is the time to prepare your garden shed for winter, and your efforts will be well worth the time spent in the long run.
To get started, you should first perform a thorough inspection.

Here are some essential things to look for during this inspection in order to ensure you have all your bases covered.


Check the exterior of your garden shed

Walk completely around your shed and check it thoroughly for any signs of damage. Pay special attention to:

  • Seals around your windows
  • Doors, to ensure they have not come off their track (if sliding type) or separated from the frame (if hinged doors)
  • Hardware such as latches and hinges to ensure they are not rusted or warped



Check the roof of your garden shed for damage. You should also check for debris in the drainage system, and remove it so that water can flow freely. That way, leaks are less likely to develop because of water trapped on top of your roof.

While you’re at it, look overhead to see if there are any trees with branches that hang over your shed. Chances are, after a heavy New Zealand snow fall or high winds, these branches could bend under the additional weight, and might therefore fall on your roof, causing damage. Trim them away so you won’t have to worry about that happening.


Organise the Shed

Organise your shed so you will have enough space to store seasonal items that can’t be left exposed to the harsh New Zealand elements. Do be sure to leave room near the front of your shed for any tools you might use during the winter such as shovels.

Getting your garden shed ready for winter is a breeze when you follow these easy tips. Making sure your shed is prepared will ensure it isn’t affected by the weather, and will serve its purpose for years to come.


Check Inside for Leaks

Leaks may not be apparent during a visual inspection of your shed’s exterior, which is why you need to look it over carefully inside as well. Check for water spots on your walls or rotting wood in your floor, both of which could indicate a leak. To be doubly sure, have someone spray your roof with a garden hose while you stand inside so you can see whether or not there are actually any leaks present.


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