With winter coming, it is time to make some important improvements to your outdoor shed. You don't want your shed to be in poor condition when the heavy snow hits. You will need to access your shed to get your snow blower, shovels, portable generators, and other tools. So, not only is it important that the shed be in good condition, but it's also important that it be accessible for you and your family. Here are three important areas to consider.
Upgrade The Entryway
The entryway to your shed is often overlooked. If you have an old wooden ramp leading into the shed, it might be time to swap it out for a stainless steel ramp or a new pressure treated wood ramp. The old wooden ramp might have gotten warped or begun to rot. The last thing you need is for it to break during the middle of the deep winter. Then you will be stuck and have to get your snow blower out over the lip of the entryway without a proper ramp. This can damage the snow blower if you're constantly banging it in and out over the entryway. So, get that ramp fixed.
Weatherproof The Windows
Likewise, you want the shed to be weatherproof. This means a strong roof (more on this below) but it also means you need to have weatherproofed windows. If the old glass panes are cracked, or if the seals are not tight, then you need to fix them. If you're handy, you can always get new windows and caulk from the home improvement store, but if you have never worked with installing new windows or caulking and sealing edges, it might be better to hire a handyman to do it.
If the windows are intact, and the seals are in good shape, but you still find the room a bit too cold, then you can use heavy plastic tarp sheeting and tape it up against the window from the inside. This will act as a added bit of insulation during the winter. You shouldn't keep things that can freeze in the shed, but you might be in there a lot and want it just a bit warmer. That's what the tarp can help with. But, it's important to remember, if the glass is cracked or the seals are cracked, they need to be fixed; otherwise, water can get into the shed and begin to rot it.
Install A New Metal Roof
One of the most important improvements you can make to your tool shed is to install a metal roof. These are vastly superior to wood plank and asphalt tile roofs in that you won't have to worry about moss or rot to the same extent. The big downside to using a metal roof is that you can "hear" raindrops falling on them if they are not properly insulated. But since you're not sleeping in your tool shed, this doesn't matter. It's a perfect way to improve the longevity of your tool shed and get rid of the yearly cleaning that asphalt shingles require (climbing up on the roof and removing moss that grows on the tiles.)