Summerhouse maintenance: Getting ready for summer in the garden

As the Easter holiday offers the opportunity for us to get outdoors and start enjoying everything our gardens have to offer it is probably worth spending a little bit of time, beforehand, making sure everything in the summerhouse is ready to go.

A simple annual maintenance schedule will reduce the frequency of more major works that will need to be carried out on your summerhouse.

A SIMPLE SUMMERHOUSE SPRING CLEAN

Sweep out the summerhouse with a firm brush and remove cobwebs and insects. Clean the timber panelled walls of your summerhouse externally using a mild soapy solution to remove dirt, plant, bird and insect debris.

Ensure overhanging trees or bushes are cut away and that you regularly maintain them to prevent damage from branches scratching the outside of the summerhouse and debris causing dampness around the base of the summerhouse.

If you have selected a rotating base, remember the summerhouse’s timber skirting can be easily removed to enable any debris to be swept away from the track. The rotating base of your summerhouse has nylon wheels which do not require any lubrication.

Dust or grime should be removed from hinges of any windows and doors of the summerhouse and then treated with light oil.

Each spring, the summerhouse joinery should be inspected and any minor areas of coating damage, shakes or open joints should be spot repaired.

TOUCH UP YOUR SUMMERHOUSE

The modern paint systems we use for the factory-finished painted summerhouses are flexible and resistant to direct weathering but will begin to breakdown when sunlight (UV) starts to degrade the lignin in the timber surface. Some “chalking” of the paint film will occur over time and is quite normal and nothing to be concerned about.

If a paint touch up of your summerhouse is required, we recommend taking a systematic approach to the project. On a door or window, approach the painting one section at a time e.g. top rail followed by the stile and then the bottom rail. For a panelled wall, coat each section one at a time.

Remember to make sure your working space is well ventilated and the weather is good with no chance of rain or a sudden drop in temperature below 5°C too.

For more information, refer to our Summerhouse Maintenance Manual.

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