Experts share the secret to protecting your shed from winter weather

Exposure to the elements can have a 'detrimental' effect, and you should avoid leaving cardboard inside

shed in the snow
(Image credit: Alamy)

Experts have shared a winter shed tip for protecting it from the elements. The best sheds have been in high demand during the pandemic, with many of us becoming proud owners of one.

To keep yours in tip-top shape, your shed will need some extra care when the weather turns cold, snowy, and wet. According to shed experts, it's essential to look out for water ingress and to remove any cardboard from the interior.

shed in garden

(Image credit: Gardenesque)

Expert winter shed tip (opens in new tab) says wet or moist items can produce condensation and make a shed damp inside. So, remove any paper, fabrics, and cardboards as these can absorb moisture from the walls and floors.

Jack Sutcliffe is Co-Founder of shed builder Power Sheds (opens in new tab), which sells sheds, summer houses, and potting sheds. He echoes and points out that you should make sure items like bikes, garden furniture, and your best lawn mower are dry and free of wet grass before stashing them away.

As well as preventing damp items on the inside, you need to look out for water coming in from the outside. Jack Sutcliffe comments that when water infiltrates your shed, this can cause problems both within the shed and to the very structure.

green shed with windows in garden with table

(Image credit: Charlotte Young PR)

'Keeping your shed fully protected during winter is incredibly important, as exposure to the elements and extreme temperatures can be detrimental,' says Jack Sutcliffe. 'If your shed isn’t properly protected, the wood can begin to deteriorate, turning wet and moldy.'

He says whether you’re using your shed as an office or simply for lots of handy shed storage ideas, the last thing you need is water seeping inside. As well as keeping a close eye on signs of moisture, Jack Sutcliffe recommends applying a preservative, available at Amazon (opens in new tab).

interior of modern white shed with tools and herbs

(Image credit: Garden Trading)

Even if your shed is pre-treated, this will add an extra layer of protection. Just like your house, ventilation is also key in preventing mold and mildew. 

On the drier winter days, it's a good idea to allow fresh air to circulate to help dry out the building and stop mold growing where water may have already seeped in. Inspecting the shed for any holes and keeping the interior nice and dry will go a long way in keeping your shed ideas in a good condition for years to come.

Millie joined Gardeningetc in early 2021. She loves creating a vibrant display of containers in her small urban garden and is always picking up new plants at the local garden center. She's never without some fresh flowers at home and her favorite houseplant is her variegated pothos that's currently climbing its way over her bookshelves.