Steel sheds, being constantly exposed to the elements, can oxidize and rust over time. If your shed is exposed to grit and salt, commonly used to keep roads free from snow and ice in the winter, this will only exacerbate the problem.
Not only does rust give the shed and old, worn outlook, it also compromises the structural integrity of the building. As a result, it is imperative that responsible steel shed owners take precautionary measures to prevent rusting. More information on steel storage sheds is available here.
Before you assemble your shed, there are steps you can take to prevent future rusting. Place your shed on top of gravel or crushed rock. This will help drainage and reduce water pooling which will cause rust along the base of the shed. It also eliminates the possibility of condensation building up around the base, as it would on a grassy surface.
Once erected, you can make some small modifications to reduce the risk of rusting. Installing installation on the inside of your shed will provide better temperature control, reducing the opportunity for condensation to form on the inside. This can also be achieved by installing ventilation to allow the air to circulate.
Waterproofing the roof will also help prevent rusting. Applying a protective layer will prevent moisture sitting on the roof or seeping through. Instead, it will simply roll off. Most sheds come with a waterproof roof, however, over time its waterproofing properties can decline. Reapply a new layer of waterproof coating each year to ensure the roof is always in the best possible condition.
It is also advisable to paint the shed with acrylic. Be sure to scrub off any mildew and power wash any dirt off the shed before you begin the process, then thoroughly dry the shed before applying a coat of rust-inhibiting primer. You can then apply an acrylic paint or, if you don’t want to change the shed’s colour but simply want more protection against rusting, you can just use an acrylic finish labeled for use with steel buildings.
Check the owners manual before you take any of these measures. Some steel products are already guaranteed against corrosion. They use certain kinds of steel with corrosion-proof properties. In these cases, you do not need to apply any protective layers to safeguard against rust.
The way you store items in your shed can also reduce the likelihood of rust forming. The better the air circulation, the less opportunity there is for condensation and moisture to form. Being mindful of this principle while you are stacking items in the shed is an easy way to provide extra protection.
Therefore, allowing air to circulate through spaces is important. Stack your items in such a way that there is plenty of space for air to pass and maintain good air circulation to prevent rust and damp forming.
These good practices for steel shed owners will help safeguard against rust and significantly prologue the life of your steel shed, delivering better value for money and providing storage solutions for years to come.