14 Jun How to maintain your summer house
So, our installation team have been. They have created your beautiful new summer house. They have tidied up and gone home. So now what?
Maintaining a summer house
Once you have decided on the inside; gin bar, man cave, home office. Whatever you fancy, it’s your cabin, after all, you need to turn your attention to the outside. Summer houses are, at heart wooden garden buildings. They are going to sit out in the great British weather. That’s a lot to put up with on a daily basis.
To paint or not to paint
Make sure you seal, stain or paint your summer house in something suitable. Wood by nature is absorbent so anything water-based is going to soak in more than something oil based. It’s down to your personal preference on the look you want to go for. However, you should finish your summer house to fit in with your garden and property. There are plenty of seals, and stains available if you want to go for a natural look. Something simple to let the beauty of the wood shine through. Want a bit of colour in your life? You can go for an external paint, something bright and bold. We recommend a high-quality solvent-based exterior paint. We recommend you treat your summer house with a high-quality spirit-based preservative within 14 days of our installation.
Try and finish your summer house as soon after construction as possible. Try and make sure it’s a dry day with some dry days to follow to give it the best chance of drying properly. You will need a couple of coats. Make sure you do the required number and leave adequate drying times between each coat.
How often should you repaint
It will depend on the treatment that you use and where your summer house is on your property. A maintained, painted or treated summer house will have a much longer life than an untreated one.
Roof and windows
So, you have painted the outside in a subtle pale blue. It looks lovely, what else should you keep an eye on? As standard, our summer houses come with Green Mineral Felt roofs although you can upgrade to slatted if you prefer. Although designed to last, depending on the amount of weather your summer house has to endure, it’s worth keeping an eye on the roof.
Ensure that if your summer house is near any trees or large bushes, nothing is rubbing or pushing on the roof. This could dislodge or tear the felt and create leaks. Trim all the foliage away. Keeping branches clear of the roof will also reduce drips and drops after heavy rain or snow.
Check that there is no debris building up on the roof, fallen leaves and branches. These will hold water and eventually rot down and may damage your roof.
Other things to consider when maintaining a summer house
Preparation is key in maintaining a summer house. It’s important that you have a good location for your summer house. Think ahead, it’s not just about making it easy for our installation team on the day. It is also worth bearing in mind how your summer house will move and settle over the years. A good solid location for the base will help the panels and walls stay straighter and reduce twisting and gaps.
Natural timber will expand and contract during the year. The temperature and weather conditions will affect it, even when painted. This might cause gaps or drop in windows and doors. This is normal and can be adjusted when required.
To find out more about maintaining a summer house, ask our installation team on the day or contact us and ask!