So your new garden office is sitting proudly in place. What a beauty! There’s nothing quite like brand new, is there? The forest fresh smell of the timber, the immaculate finish. Clean, tidy and solid. Inside and out.
If only this state of newness could last forever.
Our short guide on how to keep your garden office in good nick will take away your maintenance worries, fill the gaps in your knowledge and help give your building a long and healthy life.
Read on to find out how you can get the best out of your garden room by doing a few simple things to take care of it.
In a recent blog, we asked: how long will your garden office last? The answer is simple: look after it, and it could last you more than 25 years. Quality garden buildings from a reputable manufacturer are made to last.
…then you should get many years of enjoyment from it!
But timber is a natural material, and your building is exposed to the elements 24/7, 365 days a year. So its chances of surviving and thriving aren’t just down to the quality of the timber – you’ll need to play your part too!
You need to get into a maintenance mindset. Get ready to roll up your sleeves and put in a few hours of regular bodywork. And learn to love it. That way you’ll dramatically improve your garden building’s lifespan. And you’ll enjoy yourself along the way.
Most of our buildings come factory-painted: we treat the timber against insect and fungal decay, then apply two or three coats of your selected paint colour.
You may choose to finish the building yourself. If so, be sure to use one of these applications in the first three months so you don’t lose your manufacturer’s guarantee:
If you’ve chosen a timber floor, think about a hard-wearing finish like
Keep a careful eye on your garden office to see how the timber’s faring. After three years, you may need to apply another maintenance coat. It depends how exposed to the elements the building is.
It’s best to use the same brand and colour of paint/stain you used for the first coat. Usually, a single coat over the whole building will do.
Don’t skimp on regularly recoating the outside of your garden office. Every three to five years should do it. It’s the key to a long life.
It’s not just the finish of the timber you need to check regularly:
5. Go hassle-free with a low-maintenance building material
If you don’t want the effort of regular maintenance, look around for a building made from a wood substitute. There are plenty of low- or no-maintenance materials available, which are also usually rot-free.
Our low-maintenance Proline garden rooms are built with Tricoya cladding, an innovative wood composite, which is incredibly stable. It deals effortlessly with the elements and variations in moisture. The material is resistant to fungal attack, so it won’t rot, and it doesn’t warp.