In any backyard shed in Redmond Oregon, whether used as barns, garages, stables, or storage sheds, moisture can penetrate and collect inside them. Make sure you maintain your untreated wood surfaces all year round by preparing and cleaning them.
Most sheds have a lot of hidden entry points for moisture. A shed’s walls can leak moisture if it is not finished correctly. Water can seep in through the ground’s contact points with the walls and the frame whenever a shed is built directly on the ground. Any vegetation growing on the panels can also allow it to enter.
Install a Stone Patio Foundation
Building a foundation is as simple, easy, and cheap as digging a hole 5 cm deep into the lawn then compacting it with a rental compactor. Place the patio stones tightly together, and then fill in between them to prevent weeds from growing. The shed will sit atop the rocks quite well.
Make The Foundation Concrete
Make a 10cm mould of 4 x 2 planks for a more oversized shed or a more stable foundation. Pour in concrete and let it cure for one week before sealing. You can then construct your shed on top of that.
Using a Plastic Foundation
Grids weighing 2 kg each can be used to build a plastic foundation. The interlocking units measure 50 cm x 50 cm x 5 cm. To make your shed precisely the size you need, you can cut and fill the grids with fine pea gravel, then build your shed on top of it. Recycled plastic grids provide an environmentally friendly shed foundation.
Install Windows And Vents
The windows on your shed provide both ventilation and light, removing the need for wiring. Install weatherstripping on your windows and make sure they fit perfectly into their wall spaces. This will prevent water from entering.
By installing heat vents, you can let hot air out while cool air enters. Make sure the ducts are sealed with weatherstripping or caulking.
Make Sure There Are Plenty Of Airflows
Allow the shed to breathe by leaving a 5-10 cm gap between the wall and the roof. Similarly, if you have vents, the more air movement you can achieve, the less chance of moisture accumulating.
Using Dehumidifying Products
Home centres offer many products for absorbing moisture. Material choices include sodium chloride, silica gel, potassium chloride, calcium chloride, and alumina. These materials can be toxic, so you should keep them away from pets and children.
Using a Charcoal Briquettes
You may have noticed that charcoal briquettes come with a warning to keep them dry, and this is due to their ability to absorb moisture from the air. Typically, they last between 30-60 days and are affordable.
Using Kitty Litter
Commercially, kitty litter is sold to garages to clean up oil spills, and it will also absorb humidity from your air. To use, place a big bag of kitty litter in the middle of your shed.
Putting an Electric Fan
Electric fans can help circulate air in your shed and keep it dry. This will help prevent mildew and mold.
You can buy a dehumidifier if you plan on storing sensitive records, electronics, or semi-perishable items. Even though this is a strict measure, it can be worthwhile if your possessions are valuable. There must be a constant temperature of 21 degrees in the water tray, and it must be emptied regularly. Obviously, electricity is needed to do this.
Outbuilders provides quality, affordable, and sturdy outdoor sheds in Redmond, Oregon. To contact us, call us at 541-923-5064.