For many people, a shed is their pride and joy. It is a base that can be used when working in the garden and can be used to store all kinds of equipment, some of which can be expensive. It makes sense, then, to ensure that any shed that has been built – or installed – is protected from water and leaks. Let's look at some ways to damp proof a new shed.
Protect from the Ground
If you are building a new shed, the very first consideration should be protecting the base of the shed from the ground. This is done by building the shed itself on a substructure that elevates the shed a little so it is not in contact with the ground. This prevents any water or dampness from seeping into the foundation of the shed. Also, be aware that the positioning of the shed may also contribute to dampness; don't build the shed in an area where water is likely to collect, for example.
Treat the Timber
The next thing to do to protect the shed from dampness is to make sure that the timber you use has been treated. You can, for instance, purchase pre-treated wood from a supplier that has been coated with a waterproof layer or you could purchase wood cream that is applied to the wood to provide water resistant capabilities. Both methods are great for making the wood impervious to water.
Construct a Felt Roof
This is a vital part of waterproofing a new shed. Although it can take a little time and precision to get it right, a felt roof is one of the most effective ways of allowing excess rain water to run freely off the roof without harming the wood itself. Keep in mind that waterproofing the shed is all about minimizing the damage from water, not eliminating the damage altogether. Installing the felt roof goes a long way to reducing the damage caused by water.
Lastly, you should use waterproof paint when you have built – or had installed – the new shed. Most hardware outlets stock a good supply of paints in a variety of colors that are all waterproof. Indeed, you can purchase paints in a silk, flat or eggshell finish to properly blend the shed into its environment. This waterproof paint acts as a first barrier for repelling rain and excess water, protecting the wood underneath.
All theses steps, when taken together, will allow you to properly water and damp proof a new shed, ensuring that you can work and store all your equipment inside.