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Shed Maintenance Tips: How to Protect Your Prized Possessions

Izzie | 10/17/23

Well built, quality steel sheds provide long-lasting protection for your prized possessions, from vehicles to outdoor equipment. However, as with any structure, proper shed maintenance is crucial in maximising the safety and longevity of your shed and the items it houses. When it comes to keeping your KiwiSpan shed in perfect condition, there are some important maintenance expectations and requirements. Let’s dive into how to care for your shed and safeguard your belongings inside.


The Importance of Shed Maintenance

You may wonder – “If my steel garage, , or farm shed is already durable, why do I need to maintain it?” While KiwiSpan steel sheds are known for their durability and quality, regular maintenance is still good practice. Why? Steel sheds that are always in top condition can:


Prevent Rust

While KiwiSpan’s galvanised steel is highly resistant to rust, it is not entirely immune. Over time, exposure to moisture and environmental factors can lead to rust formation. The galvanised coating that acts as a sacrificial layer safeguarding the robust steel core beneath may get compromised. Regular maintenance includes inspecting for early signs of rust and addressing them promptly to prevent corrosion from spreading.


Enhance Resale Value

If you ever decide to sell your property, a well-maintained steel shed can add value and appeal to potential buyers. It reflects positively on the overall condition of your property and can be a selling point during negotiations.


Prolong the Lifespan

Even though steel is designed to last, regular upkeep can help keep it in optimal condition for longer, saving both time and money while ensuring the safety of your assets.


How to Maintain Your Shed

KiwiSpan steel sheds require minimal maintenance compared to sheds made of other materials. Routine maintenance typically involves cleaning and inspecting for any signs of damage or rust. The following steps will help keep your shed in optimal condition.


Clean the Exterior & Interior

It’s important to clean your shed in areas that don’t get naturally washed away by rain. You can wash exterior areas such as the walls, garage doors, undersides of gutters, fascias, and soffits using a pressure washer (no more than 1000psi) and nylon brush to properly remove bird droppings, fungus, pollen, and lichen. Always refer to your specific maintenance guidelines that will be issued from your local KiwiSpan project manager, following the completion of your shed, for more comprehensive guidance on the minimum maintenance requirements.

To keep the interior clean and tidy, remove dust and debris by sweeping regularly. Organise your belongings to maximise space and accessibility.


Do Regular Inspections

Never underestimate the power of performing regular inspections of your shed. Identifying any issues early on can save you money and prevent unnecessary stress. Inspect the roof, walls, and doors thoroughly for rust, cracks, holes, or dents.


Check The Gutters

Keep an eye on the gutters of your shed. Clean them regularly to prevent clogs that can lead to water damage. Properly functioning gutters ensure rainwater is directed away from the shed’s foundation.


Roof Maintenance

Pay special attention to the roof of your shed. Check for loose or damaged roofing materials. Repair any issues promptly to prevent leaks and water infiltration.


Paint and Protective Coatings

KiwiSpan sheds proudly use ModnColour and COLORSTEEL®️ – tested and trusted for New Zealand weather. However, periodically inspecting the exterior paint or protective coatings is still a good practice. Touch up any areas where the coating may be peeling or damaged to prevent rust.


Pest Control

Take measures to prevent pests from infiltrating your shed. Sweep and remove debris or spills that could create a breeding ground for rodents and insects. A clean and tidy environment is key to maintaining a pest-free environment and protecting the contents inside your shed.

Regularly check for signs of infestation and address them promptly. Look for droppings, chewed materials, nests, or gnawed wires. If pests have infiltrated your shed, you can contact professional pest control companies that handle infestations.


Refer to Your Maintenance Guide

As mentioned above, KiwiSpan will provide specific maintenance guidelines to ensure your shed’s longevity and meet the warranty conditions. Refer to and follow these guidelines for any unique instructions or recommendations tailored to your shed’s model. KiwiSpan offers 50-years durability for its structural frame and bracketry – provided you have maintained them according to our durability and maintenance guide.


Seek Professional Assistance

If you encounter significant issues or structural concerns, it’s advisable to seek professional assistance.


Choose KiwiSpan Sheds for Easy Maintenance

While KiwiSpan steel sheds are designed for optimum durability, proper maintenance is still important.

Regular upkeep ensures they remain in excellent condition, protecting your belongings and extending their lifespan. This proactive approach to maintenance is a small investment that yields significant benefits in the long run.

Invest in a KiwiSpan shed today to experience a hassle-free, low maintenance shed you can count on for many years.

We can customise residential and commercial sheds and other industrial buildings for your needs. Contact us today, and we’ll find a shed solution tailored to you.

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