Shed kits come with everything you need to put a shed together, but in most cases, you don't start building the day you get the kit. In most cases, you may still be leveling the site or doing other prep work. Wondering how to keep your shed kit safe and clean during this time? Check out these tips.
1. Store Inside If Possible
If you have space, the ideal solution is to store your shed kit inside. Then, it's protected from the elements. However, most people don't have that kind of available indoor space, or they wouldn't be ordering a shed in the first place. Luckily, it's okay to store outside if you take the right precautions.
2. Remove Equipment From the Box
Try to remove the items from their boxes. Cardboard boxes hold moisture, and they will hold the moisture right next to the parts of your shed. The exterior parts of the shed are designed to withstand rain, but keep in mind that sheds are designed so the rain runs off the shed once it's built.
These parts aren't designed to be constantly exposed to moisture and rain. Sitting in wet boxes for weeks or months isn't good for them.
3. Store Off the Ground
In that same vein, you don't want to store your shed kit parts on the ground. The ground can harbor all kinds of moisture. To raise items, store them on a flatbed trailer that allows for drainage.
Alternatively, lay planks on the ground, and place your studs, roofing panels and other items on top of the planks so that they are not in direct contact with the ground. If you have to store them on the ground, opt for concrete pads or gravel driveways over grassy or muddy areas.
4. Put a Tarp Over Wood
Metal elements should be fine if stored away from the ground and wet boxes. For wood siding or timber beams, however, you should consider covering those items with a tarp. Make sure not to pull the tarp too tightly over the wood. That cuts off airflow and can lead to condensation.
5. Organise for Building
Finally, it's important to keep your shed parts organised as you pull them out of the packaging. You want to set them up so that they are ready to build. Make sure to keep hardware in labeled bags, and stack other items in the reverse order that you plan to use them. Put items you plan to use last on the bottom of piles or back of storage areas, and keep items that need to be used first in the spots that are the easiest to access.