Maintaining your Merit Range of Building
What you can do to keep your building as good as new
Standard Shiplap & Loglap Golden Brown or green dipped treatment - Our buildings are treated with a base coat of preservative that provides an excellent first base coat. However, we recommend that you treat your building soon after delivery and then regularly to maintain the building in good condition, usually annually . Always follow the proprietary treatment manufacturers instructions with regard to use and how often it will need to be treated.
Pressure-treated Shiplap - Impregnated using proven vacuum, high pressure technology and ACQ wood preservative offers long term protection against decay and insect attack. ACQ is an environmentally non-arsenic, non-chromium water based wood preservative which conforms to British, European & International Standards (details available on request). The colour of pressure treated timber slowly weathers from an initial green hue to a natural silver grey. If you wish to re-treat your pressure-treated shed, we recommend that all timbers are dry and you use a product specifically for use on pressure-treated timber. We do not recommend that pressure treated sheds are dipped treated as well at the time of manufacture. Where there is high humidity you may find that mould deposits may occur where air is unable to circulate and you may also find that chemical deposits may occur over time. Although this may not be attractive these can be brushed off and will not effect the integrity of the timber.
Please note that timber is porous and none of the above treatments will totally waterproof your building. .
We have also produced a special guide for pressure-treated buildings:
Wood is a natural product and should be regularly checked and maintained to ensure a long life. It is subject to shrinkage, cracking and warping due to it being a natural product. Special care should be taken both during extreme weather conditions and prolonged harsh conditions, particularly if the building or parts of the building are in exposed areas. This can be due to heat, rain, snow, frost, wind etc.
Felt Roof –We staple the roofing felt in place. Check your roof regularly to ensure that the roofing felt is firmly fixed to the shed roof and particularly following high winds and storms. You may need to re-felt your roof from time to time or you can apply a product such as Thompsons Roof Seal which will prolong the life of your roof.
Shingle Roof - Please note that the shingles are both nailed or stapled on to the roof and have an adhesive backing . Over the heat of the summer this will adhere strongly to the roof. Check your roof regularly to ensure that the shingles are firmly fixed to the shed roof and particularly following high winds and storms. In the case of wind lifting the shingles please use a suitable roofing adhesive to re-affix.
Check your roof regularly to ensure that there is no debris or tree or hedge branches that can come in contact with the roof. Remove snow, after a heavy fall, otherwise leakage may occur when the snow thaws.
We recommend that you seal your window glass with silicone or suitable waterproofing to ensure that water doesn't come through.
Check your base
If your base drops even a few centimetres, it can cause the building to become out of alignment. This can cause twisting, or listing of the building and the door to drop. Take preventative action if this looks like happening. If your base is larger than the building then check to see if any water is pooling up on the base which can cause problems. Take action to stop this.