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Winter Storms – How to reduce the chances of a garden shed disaster!

Shed ripped to pieces during winter storms in Wales

This winter has seen some of the wildest and most prolonged storms for generations.

As a result, greenhouses, garden sheds and summerhouses are being tested to their limits. To help limit any potential damage, you should follow some basic precautions:

  • Make sure that the windows and doors are closed and locked, as most wind damage occurs once it gets into the building.
  • Use your shed! It might sound obvious, but an empty shed is like an empty cardboard box… it can be blown around by the wind much easier than than one which is full. If you hardly have anything stored in your shed, consider adding ballast to help weigh it down… a few paving slabs, or even some bags of sand or compost would be fine!
  • Check your roofing felt regularly for small tears or leaks, and repair immediately using a bitumen-based roofing adhesive. black mould or damp patches inside your shed can be an indicator that your roofing felt needs attention.
  • Check your windows for cracks… perspex windows are very flexible, and therefore need silicone sealant to stop them blowing in during storms. They can also go brittle as the temperature drops. Standard (horti) glass windows are unlikely to blow in, but can be broken with flying debris. Consider replacing perspex or horti glass with toughened glass which is much stronger and more secure.
  • Buy the best shed you can afford. If you haven’t purchased your shed yet, try to go for one with internal storm-bracings such as the TGB Bentley Supreme Apex, TGB Security Apex or the TGB Heavy Duty Apex, as they will last much, much longer than standard sheds. Apex roofs generally are stronger than Pent sheds, as they usually have less area on each panel for the wind to grab.
  • Consider using ground anchors to secure your building. They can be fitted to existing sheds, as well as brand new models. They are easy to fit and are suitable for use on hard or soft ground.  We are currently sourcing some high performance ground anchors, and they’ll be available to purchase shortly at very reasonable prices.

If everything goes wrong, and your building is damaged, don’t try and rescue it during the storm as you will come off worst… instead, stay safe, and wait until the wind eases before trying to make repairs.

Most home insurance companies will cover sheds, garages, greenhouses and outbuildings under their standard buildings policy. A1 Sheds can help with all aspects of replacing your storm-damaged shed, and can provide insurance quotes if required, however please check with your provider to make sure you are covered… BEFORE THE WORST HAPPENS.

Visit a1sheds.com for more detailed information on our full range of garden buildings including wooden sheds, metal sheds, plastic sheds, summerhouses, playhouses, greenhouses and shed bases.