Times are changing and more and more of us are opting to work from home, rather than going into the office. Although the commute to your home office is more pleasurable than a packed train, it can be distracting working within a family home.
Rather than building a costly extension or moving house altogether to get that extra space, many of us opt for a functional garden office.
As these structures are designed for work spaces, they often hold valuable computer equipment. This means that they must be regularly maintained to ensure that they remain in tiptop condition.
Check for any leaks
It’s a good idea to regularly inspect ‘vulnerable’ areas, such as doors, windows and roofs, for any signs of water.
The sooner problems are found, the easier they are to fix.
Keep an eye on the guttering and drainage
Guttering and drainpipes are essential for wooden buildings, as they channel rain water away from the wooden walls.
Be sure to check your gutters regularly to ensure that they are not blocked. This way, you can locate and fix any problems before they cause larger issues.
Protect the wood
It’s essential to protect wood from moisture and weathering. You want your garden office to last as long as possible after all.
If there’s an old finish on your office building, it’s important that you remove this before applying a new one.
Stripping old wood oil
Our solvent-free oil remover, Aquanett, is designed to remove any previously applied oils and restore the natural colour of the wood.
As it has a gel-like consistency that won’t run, it’s ideal for the vertical surfaces of your garden office.
Stripping paints and varnishes
Our solvent-free paint remover, Dilunett, can strip up to 8 coats of paint, varnish and stains, in one application.
Neutralise with Net-Trol
After stripping the old finish off your garden office, it’s important to neutralise with Net-Trol. Our non-aggressive wood cleaner, neutraliser and colour restorer is harmless to plants, perfect for using in a garden.
Even if you haven’t needed to strip any old coatings off your structure, it’s still important to use Net-Trol. This is because you still need to remove surface and ground-in dirt, before applying your finish. This would otherwise hinder the adherence and penetration of the finish meaning you’d be back to square one before long!
Choose your finish
If you’d like a semi-transparent finish, you could opt for our water-based penetrating finish Aquadecks. Alternatively, Tropitech is our semi-transparent 100% acrylic finish with additional longevity in difficult climates.
If you fancy a pop of colour, why not protect your garden office with Shed & Fence Paint? Available in 35 different shades, we’re sure to have a colour to suit you. To make things better, it’s guaranteed on bare wood for 15 years on vertical surfaces, so you don’t need to worry about re-painting in another couple of years.
So there you have it, we hope you found this post on how to maintain your garden office interesting.
If you have any other advice or top tips, please feel free to leave them in the comments below. We love hearing from you!