If we were asked to describe British weather in one word, we’d easily say ‘unpredictable’.

From the blaring hot sunny days in the spring to the unusually cold, damp, blustery weather in the summer months – we never quite know where we stand with our weather forecasts.

From making sure to water our plants in the early morning when the hot days arrive, to covering over our plants during the harsh winter months; we always find ways to protect our gardens such as damp proofing.

But, one thing we often forget to look after is our garden sheds.

Although most premium, high-quality sheds are made from durable materials that can withstand harsh weather conditions, we may not consider the strength of our sheds during a storm until it’s too late.

These quality sheds don’t come cheap. So, it’s important to ensure you protect them as best you can, to prevent any costly disasters.

The most important way to ensure your shed stays secure during a storm is to make sure your garden is up to the task of protecting your outbuilding.

It’s not just your shed that has to hold up against the storm – your garden should act as a shield, taking the majority of the impact of high winds and blustery showers.

So, how do you ensure your garden is storm-proof? We’ve shared our top tips, so you have the best chance of keeping your shed intact during a storm.

How to storm-proof your garden

Protecting your garden shed is vital. From protecting your expensive bicycles or heavy outdoor machinery, a good garden shed is an effective way of adding extra storage space to your home.

So, it’s vital we protect it, particularly during harsh weather conditions. And to start, it’s important to ensure the rest of your garden is taking the majority of the impact of any extreme winds or wintery weather.

The top things to consider improving in your garden to protect your shed against a storm are your:

  • fence panels
  • surrounding trees and bushes
  • unsecured items (i.e. hanging baskets)
  • the quality of your shed and its windows

Fence panels

By investing in high quality, durable fence panels, you’re already creating a more effective barrier to storms to protect your shed.

If you have an older, damaged fence, or it appears to be sagging or curving, then it will be much easier for strong gusts of wind to reach and impact your garden shed.

By investing in a premium garden fence, you’re providing a great level of defence and should be a key area to focus on if you’re looking to storm-proof your garden shed.

Surrounding trees and bushes

Similarly to fencing and fence panels, trees and bushes in your garden can be another great barrier against stormy weather.

If you do have trees and bushes in your garden, it’s also important to maintain and trim them every few weeks. This is because, during strong winds and storms, weak branches are most at risk of breaking and potentially damaging your garden shed below it.

Particularly if you have a garden shed with a window, a rogue branch could very easily break a thin piece of glass, and this will be an additional cost to replace.

Unsecured items

As with falling branches, it’s important to remove unsecured items out of your garden if you hear stormy weather is on the way.

Items such as hanging baskets, barbeques or garden furniture can easily be blown away during a big gust of wind. This means removing them from your garden is vital to ensure they don’t damage your garden shed or even your home.

If you’re concerned a storm may catch you out, make sure to place such items as far away as possible from items that could break i.e. windows, or ensure you’re securing down your items effectively.

It’s an easy step, but it could stop you from paying out for expensive damages in the long run.

The quality of your shed

One of the most vital steps in storm-proofing your garden shed is by choosing a high-quality, premium design.

The areas that you need to consider are the sheds:

  • structure
  • roofing
  • windows
  • and its general upkeep

By choosing a good quality timber structure for your shed, you can ensure that a sturdy design can withstand high winds and stormy weather, without collapsing under the strain.

If you are building your shed from scratch, it’s also important to secure the panels down effectively.

If instead, you’ve had your shed for a number of years, it’s vital to ensure that you replace any split or worn wood around the shed. This is because this could be blown away during a storm, and could cause expensive damage.

The general upkeep of your shed is vitally important when preparing your shed for stormy weather.

From ensuring that your windows are securely in place, to monitoring the quality of your shed’s roofing, there are plenty of ways a shed can be at risk from a storm.

Rusting nails, black mould and dark spots can be signs that your shed has moisture damage, which could make it an easy target for a storm.

Using high-quality materials, including timber cladding and framing, and making sure to keep on top of their condition is one of, if not the, most important step in storm-proofing your garden shed.

Garden sheds need to be protected. They keep all our expensive items secured and safe, so it’s important we do the same for them.

If you’re considering purchasing a new shed or outdoor structure, at NLC, we can provide you with the quality shiplap timber products you need to include this addition in your garden.

For more advice on the best outdoor product for you, and how to keep on top of the upkeep of your shed, particularly against stormy weather, we’d be happy to help. Contact us for more information.