How to Clean Mildew from Your Steel Shed

Mildew will produce a green discolouration on surfaces that are often exposed to water and liquids. Something unavoidable in Britain.

Mildew is commonly seen on exteriors including roofs and shed sidings. It is a natural, and common, occurrence, but it is unsightly and can often rub off onto your clothing if you happen to brush past a surface covered in mildew.

In saying this, mildew can easily be removed from steel sheds, siding and roofs.

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Preventing condensation on a metal shed

Metal sheds are fast becoming the sought out alternative to the standard wooden shed.

They are chosen over timber sheds because you could overcome a variety of maintenance problems, although, metal structures may suffer from condensation problems.

It’s an issue all metal sheds will have to endure where damp is present in the foundation. This problem will arise if a damp proof course hasn’t been built into the base of the shed.
Naturally, the air inside the shed will be warmer than the air outside, thus leading the condensing of the moisture hitting the cool air.

Condensation isn’t easy to stop which is why it is important to prevent damp from occurring in the first place by constructing the base of your shed correctly:

– Make the concrete base a few inches larger that than the base rail of the shed
– Prevention of damp is most effective when a damp proof membrane is inserted into the foundations – this should be put into the base roughly two inches higher than the surrounding ground level
– The shed’s foundations should be left to cure up to a week once the concrete has been laid; ensure to allow longer curing time if the weather condition is damp
– After you shed has bolted to the concrete base, apply a silicone sealant to the inside of the shed base rails (this should be done on the inside rather than the outside)

If your shed is already suffering from condensation, below are some ways to fix your problem.

One option is to detach your shed from the base and build a timber floor some inches larger than the original base measurements, then this ca be put on raised bearers.
Proceed to fix the shed to the timber floor using wood screws and mastic seal on the inside of the shed base rails. This will enable the air to flow under floor and dry the area out, essentially eliminating the problem.
Note to check that water won’t be able to pool underneath the floor as this method will not work.

Another method of ridding condensation is by cleaning the underside of the roof panels with a methylated spirit, then allowing them to dry.
Purchase polystyrene tiles and attach them to the underside of the roof using a bonding glue. The procedure is best executed on a warm day.
A layer of coating should be added to the tiles and shed roof; keep in mind that this method will not rid the moisture in the atmosphere but it should prevent future condensation now that the shed has been insulated.

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Top Tips before buying a Steel Garden Shed

STEEL GARDEN SHEDSThe tools, lawnmowers, barbecues, paints, bikes and everything else that may be treasured in your back garden without protection, maybe you have a garage but even that’s cluttered with even more tools and household items so what now?

We’ll you’d want to get a shed of course! But what type of shed? then you ask how big? will i want windows? flooring? extra security? It’s never easy to just buy a ‘shed’ any more… you’ll want to ensure you’re getting the right shed for the right price…

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Guide to Choosing a Steel Shed or Metal Workshop

There is a huge choice in garden sheds from the traditional wooden garden shed to plastic, concrete and metal sheds. All have their good points but the metal garden shed can be seen as a good option as it doesn’t require annual treatments.

Most steel garden sheds will have protection against rust by galvanising the steel. There are two methods of doing this and the cheapest option is electro galvanised and the best is hot dipped galvanising. Electro galvanising is where an electrical charge is applied and this enables the zinc to cling to the metal and this gives the metal resistant to rusting, ensuring the long term protection to a steel even in exposed conditions.

You will find that LifeLong Steel Sheds offers a range of garden sheds and workshops which are all made to meet the very high standards and offer the greatest protection against rust, designed for very long lives, as the name suggests!

Our metal sheds are good honest value for money sheds which are destined for a purpose and that is to keep your garden goods protected from the elements such as rain and snow. They have an option for padlocks to be applied and this will help to keep your valuables secure.  These features allow you to use your Lifelong steel garden shed not just as a general garden shed but also as a robust and secure utility room, making extra room in your kitchen. The sheds can be plummed or wired for electricity quiet easily, however this must be done by qualified tradesmen. The sheds can also be used as a secure storage area, workshop, exercise room or for many other purposes.  Think of the value of the items you will have in your shed, a couple of bicycles, a lawnmower and other tools. Then think are they worth securing.

You will also find that metal sheds are quite eco-friendly as the metal in the building can be recycled after the shed has comes to the end of its life.   The floor of the shed is made of 18mm plywood (¾ of an inch) sourced from a legally and sustainable forest (PEFC). The timber is screwed on to the supporting steel runners, described above, to give a clean firm finish. The timber is not touching the base, clay or concrete, so it is not subject to dampness induced rotting.  This is reassuring as the natural resources of our planet are becoming depleted.

To see our sheds, you can visit one of our many retail outlets, email contact LifeLong Steel Sheds directly, or call us on 01455 213 355.