How to Keep a Shed From Rotting

A wooden shed is a great way to store all those items that you don't want in your garage, or want to be able to get to quickly while working in the yard.
Keep wood from rotting by raising it off the ground.Keep wood from rotting by raising it off the ground.
You can purchase them pre-made or have them built on site, and in many cases, you can have the style of your home incorporated in the shed so that it fits in. With the money that is sometimes put into a nice wood shed, you must take care of it properly so that it will last for years to come. The main battle is the possibility of rotting wood.

Step 1

Install the shed up off the ground on a foundation or pavers if at all possible. Keeping it a few inches from the ground will keep rain water from sitting up against it and starting the rotting process at the base.

Step 2

Build the shed out of treated wood lumber, which is more resistant to rot.

Step 3

Place the shed in a sunny area so that it can dry out moisture and dry out the wood after a rain. Do not select a location at the bottom of a slope. Water will run toward the shed causing more moisture issues.

Step 4

Seal wood with a water-repellent sealer to keep water out of the wood as much as possible. You can paint this on. Make sure to seal the ends of the wood as well as the long lengths of the slats.

Things You Will Need

  • Water repellant sealer

About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.