How to Maintain your Summer House: 5 Simple Steps

Summerhouses face daily exposure to extreme weather and elements, both indoors and outdoors. While they’re built to withstand such challenges, maintenance is key to their upkeep. These structures would thank you for the care — if only they could speak.

Our maintenance checklist below is worth considering, giving you ideas to get started.

1. First things first

Take a quick tour of the summer house and check the walls and base for any signs of damage. This will help you build your checklist while focusing on areas that need attention. We recommend starting on the ground level, such as the foundation, front porch (if you have it), and floor. Exterior wall surfaces come next, then the ceiling, until you reach the roof part.

Repeat the same process indoors.

2. Keep an eye on the foundation

Check if the summerhouse base is level. If there are no signs of twisting and warping, there’s nothing to worry about. But a crack in the foundation is one thing; a structure crack is another.

A puddle of water near or under the foundation could be the culprit. It encourages water-seeking roots to penetrate the soil and absorb moisture. This, in turn, triggers cracks that may eventually compromise the building’s structure. Such situations can also lead to a sinkhole activity, such as a sinking porch or slanted floors.

Remember, this affects the exterior and interior of the garden building. It’s best to ask for a professional’s help to deal with this matter, especially if it isn’t within your expertise. They can provide you with the most suitable approach for addressing the issue.

Tip: Be sure to inquire about cost-effective alternatives to minimise expenses!

3. Tend to the wall surfaces

BillyOh Petra Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Summerhouse
BillyOh Petra Tongue and Groove Reverse Apex Summerhouse

Now, you get to the part where you may have to deal with mould growth. These dust-like fungal species occur because of condensation. They appear as pinpoint black spots, usually on the side and in the corners of the wall.

Check the walls, ceiling, and roof for leaks, find the source, and address this concern. Or, consider the bleach solution treatment: 1 part bleach to 4-10 parts water in a spray bottle. Open the windows and/or doors for ventilation, then spray on the affected areas. Use a sponge to scrub away mould stains and spores effectively. For protection, don’t forget to wear gloves and proper clothing, such as long sleeves and pants.

Next, the decision to paint or not? If you want to infuse some colour into the structure, go ahead! Opt for vibrant hues, something bright and bold, for exterior paint. Stains, in contrast, are perfect for achieving a simple, natural look.

4. Never skip the windows and doors

Take this opportunity to inspect the window panes and door frames for any leakage. Old caulk or seals are usually the cause of leaking windows and door frames, so get rid of them if you spot any. Then clean the windows with your regular cleaner.

Next, check if the door’s handle and mechanism turn properly. If something is catching and it won’t open, the lock is likely old. It also might be the perfect time to invest in a new summerhouse door lock.

5. Onto the roof

Green Mineral Shed Felt – Premium Shed Roofing Felt
Green Mineral Shed Felt – Premium Shed Roofing Felt

Does the roof of your summer house come with green mineral felt? If yes, you can rest easy knowing it’s built to last. Nonetheless, it’s worth keeping an eye on the roof. You never know the extent of the weather and the damage your garden retreat has to deal with.

Trim any large bushes or branches rubbing or pushing on the roof. This action could dislodge or tear the felt, leading to leaks. It helps minimise drips and drops following heavy rain or snow. Also, ensure there’s no debris building up on the surface, including fallen leaves. These will hold water and can cause rot and damage over time.

If you have any further questions, contact us and don’t hesitate to give us a call at 01909 768840. Next on your reading list: How to Clean Your Summer House Ready for Summer

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