Stables and Field Shelters Winter Care Guide
With the British summer coming to an end and with the weather starting to worsen, we all need to start thinking about how to protect our stables & field shelters these may be susceptible to rot, fungi, or weathering which may reduce their lifespan. Even pressure treated wood requires maintenance and treatment, and the quality of your timber could decline if neglected.
Inspect and Check! Prevention is the best when it comes to keeping your stables and field shelters in tip top condition ready for use all year round!
*All our timbers are pressure treated against rot for 15 years, maintaining your building will ensure not only continued performance but improved visual appearance also. Being a natural product timber is not perfect. It can be affected by atmospheric changes, expanding and contracting as it repeatedly absorbs then loses moisture. We advise every three years to retreat your stables and field shelters with an outdoor wood preservative.
Pressure treated (a premium wood preservation technique), this offers longer lasting protection than a wood treated with a base layer preservative. Through the use of a vacuum the preservative is forced deep into the wood at high pressure to protect the wood from within.
Learn more about the pressure treatment process here Pressure Treated Tanalised Timber
*Inspect the roof of your building: what does it look like? The chances are you will be faced with leaves from surrounding trees, maybe some mud and twigs. Look for signs of any cracked or broken sheets caused by possible impact or wind damage, translucent sheets maybe more susceptible to cracking so please check regularly. The position of your stables or field shelters will affect how water drains away from your building, but should you find any damage fix ASAP as an undiscovered leak can cause untold expensive damage to both externally and as well as internally. Not to mention the increased risk of rodents residing in your shed. Rats can squeeze through the tiniest of spaces, so holes provide them with easy access points.
*Check your guttering. Do they need unclogging? Is there any build-up inside that needs removing to avoid water getting stuck? As water contracts and expands with the changing temperatures, the guttering can suffer long-term damage. Check all your brackets and down-pipes for damage and replace if necessary.
*Remove low hanging branches. Are there any branches getting rather close to the roof of your stables or field shelters? If so, make sure to clip them back to a safe distance to avoid any damage to the roof or sides of your building.
*Check your windows and doors fit well to ensure no possibility of water leaking into the building. With most wooden buildings the key to keeping the building in top condition is protecting against moisture penetration by sealing your windows and using a good quality water resistant treatment.
*Check hinges and latches to see if they need to be adjusted or reset. Oil all the bolts and hinges and just check them over to make sure they open and close smoothly.
*As we all know horses can be extremely destructive, regularly check your stables and field shelters, internally replace any damaged kick-boards, check for any areas that may have been chewed and consider replacing the timber or adding chew strips. Check all accessories internally tie rings, hay mangers etc have not become lose.
*Thoroughly clean inside your stables ready for the winter ahead, removing any dirt and cobwebs that have gathered over the year.
*For mobile stables and field shelters ensure if you have removed your ground anchors they are now put back in to secure the building through the inevitable British storms.
View just a few of the stables and field shelters we have installed https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6-SW4WyfRfKNF713rRcxOw/videos
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Your stables and field shelters are now ready for winter.