01/21/2019

Extend the Life of Your Shed

With proper maintenance, your shed or outdoor storage building from BackYard Storage will last for decades. Here are a few smart tips to help you keep your shed in top shape:

Keep Water Out

Moisture damage such as mold or mildew can ruin your things and rot untreated wood. Avoid standing water in or around your shed. If you live in a damp climate, you may want to think about putting in a pressure-treated wood floor, or even a gravel or concrete pad to prevent moisture underneath. Install gutters and a downspout to trap rain and direct it away from your shed.

Keep Debris Away

The sides of your shed should be kept free of any sort of debris such as leaves, dirt, mulch, firewood, lumber, etc. Not only do piles of such material attract moisture and prevent the shed from drying properly after a rain, they can also make your shed’s exterior look dirty and unattractive.

Keep Pests Out

Rodents such as squirrels, rats, and mice can damage your shed and belongings, and they also pose a health hazard. The best thing to do to keep them out is to install rodent guards over the gaps between the shed and the ground where the critters can get in. The wire-mesh screens also improve air flow under the shed, which prevents moisture from building up.

Keep the Shed Level

Your shed will probably settle over time, and you may detect a slight lean in one corner. More than anything, you will likely notice the shed doors no longer open or close properly. This is a good sign that your shed is no longer perfectly level. An easy fix is to jack up the sinking corner and place shims under the flooring to make it level again. Gravel or concrete pads make a big difference when it comes to keeping your shed level.

Keep Your Shed Looking New

One of the best things you can do to keep your shed well-protected and looking great is to give it a fresh coat of paint every few years (or when you notice the paint peeling or cracking). Nothing else can restore the look of a shed and reinvigorate your pride like new paint. It also helps protect the shed from the elements.


Follow these simple steps to keep your shed in top shape so that what you store inside stays safe and secure.

When all is said and done, if you find that you still have too much stuff for the space you have available, you can always look into purchasing a high-quality, American-made outdoor storage building from BackYard Storage. Whether that means a storage shed for your overflow belongings, or a detached garage for your vehicles, we have an outdoor storage building to suit all your needs.

Don’t let clutter push you out of your living spaces. Protect your property and enjoy your garage again.


Contact us or come by one of our convenient locations to find out more about owning a high-quality outdoor storage building of your own.

You can also browse our inventory to see all the available sizes, styles, and features, or use our online configurator to design a custom shed to suit you.

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