Shed Type, Roof Size
The first thing that struck us about this metal apex shed was its sheer scale. We knew that it was going to be both wide and deep, but we were pleased to find that it was also very tall, creating a very large storage capacity. It also looks very tough, although we liked the pale green and cream paintwork, and this in itself can act as a useful deterrent to potential shed thieves.
As well as adding to the already generous height, the apex roof channels water away ensuring that it can’t sit on the surface and cause corrosion. The ridge height is 2.25m, and the eaves height is 2.00m, which equates to a very accommodating 6’7. When finding a suitable concrete base on which to fix this workshop you’ll need to know the base width of 2.95m and the base depth of 4.54m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
With a workshop of this size, both the cladding and the frame are of the utmost importance. We weren’t disappointed here, as the cladding itself, at 0.30mm, and the frame, at 0.55 to 0.70mm, are thicker than most we see. This creates a very stable structure when anchored to a concrete base. It was also good to see that hot dipped galvanised steel had been used across all surfaces, as this bonding of steel and zinc adds further strength and durability.
We didn’t expect a floor to be included in a large workshop such as this, as it needs to be screwed into a level area of concrete. We would, however, have expected that the anchor kit fixings would have been included, so it’s disappointing that they need to be purchased separately for a garden building of this price.
Rust Resistance and Warranty
We were impressed by the length of the manufacturer’s warranty, with 20 years being given against the appearance of perforations caused by rust. This is twice as long as the warranties on many of the metal sheds we review, and provides real reassurance for consumers who are making a significant purchase. The reason that Shed Baron can provide such a long warranty period is that the galvanised cladding is not only tough, it’s also very water resistant. As the workshop is also pre-painted, which itself gives added protection against rain and snow, there is no requirement for further treatments after installation.
Doors and Windows
One of the features that impressed us most of all was the set of doors, as there is both a double door and single personnel door. Both are hinged and appear to be strong. The double door has an opening width of 1.30m and a height of 1.97m, which is much taller than many door openings we see on the workshops we review. This greatly enhances the building’s practicality and flexibility, making it easier to move things in and out.
There are no windows to this workshop, which we welcomed as a security feature, but light does reach the interior thanks to an integrated skylight panel on the roof. Air also circulates, thanks to the ventilated gables. The result of this is a light and airy interior, and one that should also be less likely to suffer from condensation problems.
Security and Privacy
The lack of windows is an important aid to security for a large workshop, as it means that would be thieves won’t be able to see if anything of value is kept inside. On a negative point, however, we would have liked to see a padlock included as standard. The handles are holed and ready for a padlock, but the lock itself will have to be bought separately by the customer, and this is something we strongly recommend.
Customisation Options and Extras
With so much already included, there is not a huge need for optional extras, but there are two elements that we feel should have been included as standard. The first of these is a padlock, although a more advanced system incorporating an alarm would need to be sourced separately rather than bought with the shed. One option that is available, however, is a ground anchor kit and this will be needed to attach the workshop to a pre-existing flat concrete area.
We could tell that this had been fabricated to a very high quality by the way that all the components fitted together so well.
Longevity Of materials 9.5/10
It was good to see that hot dipped galvanised metal had been used on the walls and the roof, and the thickness of the cladding and the frame is also reassuring.
This is one of the largest metal workshops we review, and it was pleasing that the base area wasn’t compromised by a restricted vertical space.
Ease of installation 7.5/10
Simply because of its size, and the large number of components many of which look similar, this workshop can take a long time to erect. You’ll need at least two people, and expect to take around 16 hours, which you may want to spread over two to three days.
We feel that just under a thousand pounds is a good price to pay for such a large and durable metal workshop.
Final Thoughts: This metal workshop can provide a perfect base for you to carry out a hobby, or even to run small scale business operations from. It’s surprising how much natural light the skylight allows in on sunny days, so it’s easy to see what you’re doing and find what you’re looking for. The inbuilt ventilation also comes in useful, particularly on warmer days. Despite its size the structure as a whole feels solid and reliable, and of course we were pleased to see a 20 year warranty against rust which makes the workshop even greater value for money. It’s a tough and solid looking structure, and yet thanks to its subtle green colour scheme it can still fit in with your garden environment.
Prices around: £969
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