You’re the proud owner of a garden room! Congratulations! We’re sure you’re already enjoying the space and finding it an excellent addition to your home. As you continue to use the garden room over the coming years, just like your home, it will require some maintenance. The better maintained the garden room, the longer it will be a beautiful addition to the garden.
In this article, we’ll review some of the top maintenance to keep your garden room in ship shape order. Let’s get started!
1). The Cladding
Many garden rooms are made of timber cladding; as a result, they will need regular maintenance to look great over the years. For this reason, the cladding needs to be treated in some manner. This protects the wood against UV damage, as well as against rot and fungus.
Some garden rooms may be constructed of something called tantalised weatherboard. This is a type of cladding that’s been pre-treated with pressure. The weatherboard may also be treated with a protectant in the workshop, which can last for years.
If you’d prefer your garden room to be a certain colour, then it will be necessary to paint the cladding. In this case, choose paint and finishes that last from 5-15 years. You won’t have to worry about the garden room paint flaking off or the cladding deteriorating for some time.
In this case, all the garden room will need in the way of maintenance is to remove any debris and then use a mild soap to wash down the walls. And then repaint when necessary.
2). Doors & Windows
Doors and windows in the garden room will also need to be cleaned and maintained properly. If the garden room doors and windows are made with UPVC and aluminium, then all these will need is a soapy wash and rinse.
However, timber doors should be checked for swelling and rotting issues. They should be treated with a protective stain or paint to preserve them and keep them from developing problems such as swelling.
It’s best to check the pain around doors and windows about twice a year—in the spring and again in the autumn. When it comes to cleaning, use a synthetic brush and a mild household detergent. When you’re done, rinse with clean water.
Never use a jet washer or extension hose to power wash your garden office doors and windows. In addition, you may want to clean the silicone glazing/caulking with an industrial wet wipe. Be sure to check for any issues with the caulking and fix them as soon as possible.
Next, it’s time to ventilate the garden room, which is necessary, especially when it’s closed for long periods. This allows fresh air to replace stale air within the garden room, as well as allow moisture to escape. Moisture buildup can lead to mould problems, which are harmful to materials in the room and your health.
Another thing you can do is use moisture extractors in the garden room. These are small tablets or gel containers that you can find at a DIY store or even at the supermarket. Moisture extractors work to remove excess moisture from the environment, which inhibits mould growth.
Garden room roofs are built with finishes that ensure the roof has a long lifespan. So, here, all you need to do is check the roof to make sure nothing’s come loose.
If you have a living roof, however, it may require some maintenance. This may require clipping plants and more that are growing in the roof.
While you don’t have to do much with the roof, it could still use a good washing, just like the rest of the garden room exterior. Use the same cleaning methods here, being sure to avoid power washers.
Now’s the time to go over the garden room closely and look for anything that needs to be repaired. Here’s what to look for:
Windows & doors: as mentioned earlier, make sure they are resisting the weather. Treat any leaks in the caulking and clean them when needed.
Dents & chips in exterior: it can happen the exterior of the garden room becomes slightly damaged with use. So, it’s important to look for dents and chips in the paintwork or the wood treatment. Dents and chips can leave those areas unprotected, which means those spots are prone to weather damage and UV exposure. You may need to use a bit of fine sandpaper to remove flaking paint. Then apply protective paint or wood sealant and allow it to dry for a few hours. You can then apply a second coat to improve the protection of the wood.
Gutters: next, you’ll need to clean out the gutters on your garden room. When they become cluttered up with leaves and other debris, gutters are not able to function as needed. So, be sure to clean out the gutters about twice a year.
Decking: if there’s decking in front of your garden room, then this too will need proper maintenance. Decking can lose colour or even swell. Check for any issues and fix them to keep the wood from rotting. When it comes to treating the wood with a protectant, there are many types available. Some are easy to apply with a brush or roller. Decking may need to be treated once a year or so.
The base: it’s always a good idea to check around the base of the garden room. Look for long grass, leaves, and more. The goal is to keep damp plants and vegetation from growing on or near the cladding.
A garden room is a beautiful addition to the garden, as well as a way to increase property value. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to ensure the garden room is maintained as well as your home.
While most garden rooms require little in the way of maintenance, it’s still a good idea to check the building for issues at least twice a year. That way, you can rest assured your garden room will continue to be a beautiful asset in the garden for years to come.