As the winter weather truly begins to bite, it’s time to make sure that your garden, and especially your summerhouse, are prepared for the rain, frost or snow that may be heading your way.

There are several aspects to think about when preparing your summerhouse for the next few months, such as the timber, roof, internal furnishings and canopy. Throughout the winter, the building should be swept out regularly and cobwebs and insects removed.

Many people like to turn their summerhouses into cosy retreats when the cold snap begins, but if the building is not going to be used over the winter months and does not have any form of heating, then we recommend that the roof canopy and upholstery are removed and stored in an airtight bag, either in the summerhouse or in your home, to keep them in good order.

If you decide to freshen up the summerhouse fabrics, please note that the upholstery is dry clean only.

It is possible to unhook all roof canopies for cleaning which means you can also refresh the roof area to get rid of any unwanted insects. The canopy can be handwashed or, alternatively, machine washed at 30 degrees or less.

We recommend that the floor is swept regularly with a hard brush and if you have a floor covering then it is recommended that this is further washed with a floor cleaning product.

General care of the factory applied paint or stain finish will give many years of life between re-painting cycles.  Simple steps, such as wiping down the joinery finish to remove dirt and insects will help extend the life of the decorative finish. This can be done at the same time as cleaning the glass.

However, if you have chosen an unpainted finish for your summerhouse, then over time the timber will fade, and you may feel it needs some extra protection. We recommend the application of a microporous stain or paint at this point.

As regards your summerhouse roof, if you have a glass fibre roof it will be maintenance free. If it is cedar shingle, the tiles are treated against all forms of wood rotting, fungi and insect attack and are frost resistant. Cedar shingles are generally maintenance free but to increase the longevity, any debris accumulating on the roof should be swept off with a stiff broom or wire brush.

Keeping on top of your winter maintenance means that when the warmer days return, your summerhouse will be in tip top condition for you to enjoy.