Preparing for the Colder Months | Challenge Fencing Blog

Preparing for the Colder Months

As Summer turns to Autumn, the weather gets a bit colder, a bit wetter… let’s be honest, a bit worse!

With this risk on the cards of more rain and storms, what can you do to prepare for Autumn/Winter?

Keep Your Tools Fighting Fit

It’s not easy keeping your shed in tip-top shape, let alone all of the tools it might house.

Spade Digging Mud

Luckily for you, it’s really easy to solve. Rust that forms after water damage can cause long-term problems if not looked at properly so a quick hose down to remove any mud and a wipe-over with an oily cloth will help to combat this.

Avoid keeping certain liquids in your shed

Certain paints and sprays can freeze throughout the Autumn/Winter, often permanently changing their consistency.

Roller painting with blue paint

If your shed isn’t properly insulated,  it is best to keep these liquids in your home or garage.

Store your electrical items above floor level

Should your shed ever suffer water damage, any electrical items that were left on the floor may be permanently damaged. One of the best solutions to this is as simple as keeping your tools in air-tight boxes above floor level.

Organised Shed Shelving

This will help protect them for years to come.

Regular checks and inventory

Spring cleaning in Autumn? Why not?

You can maximise your shed space by having a clear-out. Take an inventory of all of your tools and throw out anything you don’t use. Be ruthless – do you really need five different rakes?


Once you have a clear shed, it’s time to prepare your garden for Autumn and Winter. Consider tasks such as planting bulbs, raking any dead leaves, cleaning out gutters and checking fences for weak points. It’s also important to trim any long branches that could be damaged or fall down in the wind. If you plan ahead, it will save a lot of effort later down the line.

Invest in weatherproofing

Autumn and Winter can be a time of heavy rain, snow and strong winds. It’s important to make sure your fence or deck is well-protected from the elements. Consider investing in a Wood Protective treatment. This will help keep your fence or deck looking great for longer and also help protect it from water damage. Plus, if you’re planning to stay outside in the garden a lot during the colder months, make sure you have adequate shelter to keep yourself, family and friends dry and warm.

Finally, don’t forget to clear out any debris or leaves that might have accumulated over the Summer. This will help prevent any clogging or blockages, which can lead to water damage. Taking these steps will ensure your fence or deck is in tip-top condition to see you through till Spring arrives again!



The colder months can be a difficult time for garden furniture too. Consider treating your outdoor furniture with a Wood Protective treatment


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