Keeping Up With Your PVC Garden Sheds
A PVC shed is perfect if you’re looking for an inexpensive, lightweight outdoor storage building. Easy to assemble and move, PVC sheds are made using the best quality plastics and are very easy to take care of. Unlike many other sheds, PVC sheds do not rot or deteriorate! But like any new building venture, they require proper care and upkeep in order to last a long time. With proper care, a PVC shed can easily last a lifetime.
Firstly, when preparing your PVC sheds for the winter, pay special attention to the fascia and door area. These are the two most exposed areas of the building and will be the most affected by bad weather. During winter, you can expect the door to be blocked up as it is usually constructed from a single piece of wood which will shrink due to cold in the winter months. The fascia is normally constructed from aluminium tubing which will warp and crack during the winter. A good idea is to cover the fascia with a plastic shield when not in use to prevent it from deteriorating.
The second step towards ensuring long life for your PVC sheds is ensuring they have adequate ventilation. Although you may not have a windows or doors to provide ventilation, you can still create an air flow through the sides of your summerhouses. By placing piles of newspapers or cardboard beneath your summerhouse you will be able to draw air in through the sides of the structure, this will help dry out the inside of the shed. This is important to prevent mould and mildew from occurring during the hot months of the year.
For those who live in areas with warm and sunny weather, another tip to ensuring that your pet sheds do not dry out is installing a variety of venting systems. There are many different options available, such as canisters or small fans which can be placed in the corners of your garden shed. Whilst these options may not be ideal in areas where there is no access to outside air, they can be used successfully in summertime to reduce the amount of heat entering your PVC storage garden sheds. Venting allows moisture and heat to escape, keeping your garden shed cooler and better able to withstand the conditions.
If you are looking to install your PVC garden sheds in warm climates then you will need to consider how you intend to ventilate them in this warmer weather. Air vents installed at the bottom of your sheds will allow any excess moisture to exit the building. An alternative vent method is to install large fans in the summertime to blow cool air across the roof. If the weather is very hot then consider opening up the windows slightly, whilst closing them during cooler periods.
When it comes to cleaning your PVC sheds you will need to consider what material they are made from. PVC is a plastic resin, which means that you are able to clean it with soap and water, alternatively you could opt for specialist cleaners. If you want to clean the interior of your plastic sheds, use a mild dishwashing liquid and a mild steel wool sponge dipped in detergent. Drying is easy, as the fabric will absorb the liquid quite quickly. Once dry, wipe down the furniture, walls, doors and any other soft surface to ensure it is completely clean and shiny.
The finishing touch to completing your PVC garden sheds in time for summer is the addition of a plastic protective sheath. This will allow you to transport and store your garden shed safely, so that you can be sure that no damage occurs during transit or storage. This will also protect your garden shed during storage in warm environments. Some sheaths are made from heavy duty canvas, which is even stronger than the resin material, so they are more durable than plastic, which will warp. Sheaths will also make it much easier to access your garden shed, whether it is during storage or transportation.
Finally, if you want to clean your shed and ensure it stays looking neat and tidy for years to come, then you may choose to paint your PVC structure. If you are looking to create an industrial appearance, then painting your shed will go well with the rest of your garden sheds. Alternatively, you can simply paint your shed a plain colour to blend in with your house, to give it a clean, crisp finish. Whatever option you choose, you will have virtually maintenance-free garden sheds that look great all summer long!