Many of us have now taken the big step and purchased a metal shed. Although improvements in metal shed manufacturing means they are less likely to corrode many people find problems with condensations and dampness within their shed. This article will go through some ways you can stop condensation in your metal shed.
The best type of protection against condensation is making sure your base is correct. Building the correct concrete base for your building will make sure no moisture gets into your garden shed. The concrete base should be about 3 inches bigger than your shed, any bigger and you may have problems with water seeping back into your garden shed.
The base of your shed needs to be around 5 - 6 inches high; this is because you need to put a layer of damp proof plastic into your concrete base. Pour half the concrete in then put a layer of damp proof coursing into the concrete, make sure the plastic covers the base and leave an overhang; you can cut any excess off with scissors. Cover the plastic with concrete and make sure you base is level and flat.
It is important to let concrete set properly. If it does not cure properly it will cause more dampness in your metal shed. Concrete takes 3 - 7 days to cure but if there is dampness in the air it will take longer. Give yourself as much time as possible to make sure the base is completely dry.
Once your base has dried you can then bolt down your shed to the concrete base. Apply a thin layer of silicone filling on the inside of your shed around the base. This will help prevent water from seeping into your shed on hot summer days.
If you have already built your shed and base do not worry there are still many things you can do to prevent condensation.
Adding a wooden floor to your metal shed can help prevent condensation. To do this you need to detach the shed from its base and remove it completely. Next build a timber floor from tongue and groove timbers. The timber floor should be built a few inches bigger than your metal shed. Attach bearers to the bottom of the timber floor to ensure that the floor is raised off the concrete floor. By raising the timber floor off the concrete you allow air to flow underneath the shed helping to stop condensation.
If you don't want to build a timber floor there is another way or preventing condensation. Firstly wipe down the inside of your metal shed with methylated spirit; this will make sure the inside of the shed is dry and clean. You will need to find polystyrene tiles from a building merchant or garden centre. They don't need to be expensive or thick; the cheapest option will do. Find a spray glue from your local hardware store. Choose a spray on glue which is not affected by heat or cold to make sure this works.
Once home spray both the tiles and the inside of the building with the glue while attaching the tiles to the roof and wall panels of this building. Once the tiles are attach allow them to set properly. Adding these tiles to the inside of your metal shed won't stop all the moisture but it will add a layer of insulation which can help stop condensation.
If you want to cut down the condensation in your shed you could also try adding a bowl of course ground salt to your shed. This should cut the amount of moisture in the air and therefore cut the problem of condensation.
Condensation may feel like a problems which will never go away when it affects metal sheds but by taking a few simple steps you can fix the problem.
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