Summer House Maintenance Guide

Your summer house will probably see a lot of activity in the warm weather. To extend its comfort until next summer, it needs maintenance. All the necessary work also needs to be wrapped up before the winter days set in so you can rest easy knowing it’s ready.

Use our guide for summer house maintenance to get started!

Do Inspections on Both the Exterior and Interior

BillyOh Tessa Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Summerhouse
BillyOh Tessa Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Summerhouse

Don’t wait until you see cracks in the walls or mould growth on the ceiling before you inspect. Make it a routine to conduct inspections at least once a year or as needed to stay vigilant against signs of wear, tear, and damage. That way, you can take measures before issues get worse.

Begin by examining the base or foundation to see if it provides the stability you need. Next, check for leaks or holes, as these will allow pests to enter and water to seep in. Seal any openings you find, including on the windows and doors, with putty or wood filler. Allow the sealant to dry and harden up before sanding it flat.

Check and repair the roof, such as replacing any worn mineral felt or shingles. After a storm in your area, check for damage caused by falling branches and debris. This is when most of the big damage happens.

Tip: If you’re unable to perform the repairs yourself, we recommend hiring an expert to handle the task for you.

Summerhouse Wood Treatment

Most garden summerhouses are constructed with wood frames. If left untreated, this material can absorb moisture, leading to rot and damage. Prevent this and enhance your summerhouse protection by applying the right wood treatment. Do so as soon as the structure is installed, and repeat once a year for effective moisture repellence.

The sooner and more regularly you apply the treatment, the better the protection. This helps prevent timber issues like cracked wall panels down the line.

Tip: Consider investing in a pressure-treated summerhouse for less frequent re-retreatment. Read our guide, ‘How Long Does Pressure Treated Wood Last?’ to learn more.

Ventilate the Summer House

BillyOh Tessa Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Summerhouse
BillyOh Tessa Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Summerhouse

While your summer house serves its purpose as a retreat to enjoy during summer, it’s important to let air out. As the weather warms up, you may notice more condensation building up inside. This routine helps control moisture, improve air quality, and deter pests.

Simply open the windows to allow condensation to dry out and dissipate. You’ll find fresh air and dry spaces instead of being greeted by musty, stuffy odours. Odour reduction is a benefit, especially when the summer house isn’t used during winter. Airing out also creates less favourable conditions for pests to nest and feed.

Check our guide, ‘How to Keep Insects Out Your Summerhouse,’ for more tips and ideas.

Apply Paint for Added Value

BillyOh Tessa Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Summerhouse
BillyOh Tessa Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Summerhouse

The constant exposure of your summer house to elements causes the wall paint to become discoloured, faded, and cracked. Don’t let it stay that way; consider repainting for a makeover and more aesthetic value. You might as well do the same for the interior using these summer house paint ideas.

Painting not only protects against harsh weather but also allows you to personalise the look of your garden retreat. It also addresses issues, such as peeling, before they escalate into larger problems. Overall, painting your summer house makes it look fresh, clean and well-maintained.

Note: You may need to repaint every 2 to 3 years or 3 to 5 years, depending on visual inspection.

That’s it for our summer house maintenance tips! Always give it the care and attention it deserves to ensure it remains functional and beautiful for years. Ready to roll up those sleeves and get started?

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