Keeping Your Cool

The heat of summer is upon us as I write this, and there are several weeks to go. Keeping your Modern-Shed cool in the summer does not have to be expensive and complicated. Here are some cool tips to keep you cool. 

The advent of portable air conditioner units has opened the door for keeping cool without having to break the bank on a full HVAC system. 

Portable air conditioning unit

This unit was in the $400 range and does not take up a ton of space and can be set up in less than 20 minutes. These units evacuate air to the outside through most any opening window – sliding, single hung, awning or, casement via a large exhaust tube. If need be, it is possible with a little inventive knowhow to exhaust through a sliding glass door also in a more temporary way.  

Air conditioning venting

Another tip to keep your space cool is using external shade screens for your windows which face the sun. This prevents much of the heat from ever entering your Modern-Shed. The cool thing about the roller shades, is you use them only when you want to shade direct sunlight… you just roll them up when not needed. These are extremely easy to install in less than 20 minutes and are not expensive either, available at your local hardware store. They come in a variety of colors and sizes, and you can still see through them from the inside. 

Sun shade outside the Modern-Shed window

If you haven’t yet purchased a Modern-Shed and live in a hot or cold climate, consider the upgrade to higher R-Value roof and wall insulation as well as LowE glass in the upper transom IGUs. Our Design Pros can help you select the best products for your space, and keep you enjoying your Modern-Shed year round!

Keeping your shed in tip-top shape

Like a regular check-up for your health or for your vehicle, it’s important to stay on a schedule for maintaining your home — and that includes your Modern-Shed.

Modern-Sheds are built with the highest-quality materials. However, nothing lasts forever, and there are some simple, regular steps you can take to extend the life of your Modern-Shed and ensure that it remains in tip-top shape for years to come.

Below, some tips on maintaining your Modern-Shed for the upcoming months, and what to do on a regular basis year-round.

Monthly:
Most Modern Sheds are small and need little monthly maintenance. However, larger structures, such as an ADU would be like any home:

  • If you have a bathroom in your Modern-Shed, be sure to clean faucets and showerheads regularly to remove deposits from minerals.
  • Test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers regularly.
  • Inspect and unclog sink drains if needed.
  • Inspect electrical cords for wear.
  • Vacuum heat vents.
  • Check that indoor and outdoor air vents are not blocked.
  • If you have a water heater, flush out hot water from the water heater to remove sediment that has accumulated.

Springtime Maintenance:
Spring is a great time for Spring Cleaning. Here are some other steps you should take to maintain your home and your Modern-Shed:

  • Sand and re-finish any natural wood surfaces exposed to weather, including cedar and most importantly the end grain surface of the large roof beam. It is of utmost importance to keep all exposed wood surfaces protected from the elements.
  • Inspect door seals and tracks for debris to keep from leaking.
  • Inspect your Modern-Shed roof for leaks or damage to the metal due to high winds or debris.
  • Inspect the upper transom frames and re-caulk as necessary to keep from leaking – between each frame, where they meet the roof and where they meet the topcap.
  • Inspect and re-caulk as necessary, the corner joints of the topcap (the piece of wood the transom frame windows sit on)
  • Clean your gutters (do this again in the fall)
  • Clean window and door screens.
  • Refinish your deck. 
  • Power-wash windows and siding.
  • If you have the Modern Shed unique rain screen system, vacuum any bugs and debris from the spaces, especially at the bottom. This is needed to ensure rainwater is running out at the bottom.
  • Inspect sink, shower, and bath caulking for deterioration.
  • Repair or replace caulking and weather stripping around windows, doors, and wall through holes for electric and cable and plumbing.

Summer Maintenance:

  • Remove lint from inside and outside washer hoses and dryer vents.
  • Check around cabinets and around toilets for leaks.
  • Replace interior and exterior faucet and showerhead washers if needed.
  • Seal tile grout.
  • Prune trees and shrubs.