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Condensation inside your metal or plastic shed can be an issue, potentially damaging items you have stored inside. Robert Hall recently sought the advice of a major importer on how this problem can be successfully avoided.
Metal or single walled vinyl clad sheds will suffer from condensation where dampness is present. This situation is similar to condensation forming in any enclosed, unheated, and insufficiently ventilated space. The air inside a shed is always slightly warmer than the outside. Any moisture in the foundations, or seepage from the outside, will rise up until it hits the cold roof and wall panels, where it condenses into water droplets, drips down and becomes part of the cycle again.
As these types of shed are normally supplied without a floor, it is particularly important to ensure that the shed is assembled correctly in the first place. Check that each washer under every screw (or plug) in the roof is intact and that there is no water ingress from any other screw/plug or bolt used elsewhere in the shed. Correct overlapping of all roof and wall panels is of particular importance.
Also ensure you do not store wet or damp items in the shed as this will add moisture.
The condensation cycle is difficult to stop. Therefore, it is vital to prevent dampness as far as possible in the first place. The following points about base construction are important – and should be followed accurately:
If the base has already been constructed, or is oversized and condensation is apparent, there are two solutions:
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