A shed has an important role on the farm, whether it is for shearing, storing hay or protecting machinery. For this reason, your shed needs to be kept safe and in good working order and some of the decisions you make in the planning stage of your shed build will help with this.
Here are 5 tips for maintaining your shed
1. Choose the right site for your shed
A site with good drainage is important, particularly for hay sheds and sheep yard covers.
For hay sheds we recommend building the shed up on a gravel pad to ensure drainage away from the shed. The site should also have good machinery and vehicle access.
2. Repair any damage
If your shed is damaged by machinery, take a proactive approach by conducting regular repairs and preventing any further damage.
An Action Custom Gutter System helps avoid broken and damaged downpipes by being plumbed to the end of the shed instead of having downpipes down the face of each columns.
For hay sheds, hay bumps can be installed to prevent potential machinery damage to the wall cladding.
3. Maintain the exterior
Keep the exterior of your shed clean by removing any build-up or dirt.
4. Keep surrounding area clear
Maintain your shed by keeping the site tidy and the surrounding area kept clear of rubbish.
A clear, tidy site facilitates easy access and moving of vehicles, especially in confined spaces, preventing damage to the outside of your shed and other machinery.
5. Clean the interior
As well as cleaning and repairing the exterior of your shed, the interior also needs to be kept clean, especially when using chemicals. Regular cleaning of your shed, including sweeping and power washing, removes any spills and prevents build-up of dust and mud.
When storing grain or hay, keeping the interior of your shed clean helps safeguard against contamination and infestation.