Shed Type, Roof Size
We love to see metal workshops that haven’t forgotten the importance of looks, and so we were pleased to see that Grandale have thought about form as well as function, after all once constructed it’s something the owner will see everyday. The green and cream colour contrasts work well, and the apex roof also enhances the appearance.
The apex roof provides two other advantages of course, in that it ensures that rainwater runs away as well as giving a little more headroom. The height of this workshop at the apex ridge is 2.25m, and the height of the eaves is 2.00m. The internal width is 2.94m, with an internal depth measured at 5.15m, so there’s plenty of room to move around in. A suitable base of this size will need to be constructed prior to the shed being installed, instructions are sent on how to achieve this.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
The frame of this workshop is made of material that has been expertly fabricated to a very high quality. It’s made up of high tensile hot-dipped galvanised steel with a thickness of 0.3mm. This is very tough and durable, and is rust resistant thanks to its superb weather proof qualities. We’ve seen some metal sheds where the structure seemed a little flimsy. but this was reassuringly solid to the touch. The portal frame is double braced throughout, so even in windy conditions there shouldn’t be excessive movement.
As you’d expect with a large metal workshop, no floor is included. The manufacturer recommends that a base of concrete be prepared to give a level and stable surface for the workshop to be installed upon.
Treatment Requirements And Warranty
We’re always pleased to see sheds and workshops that are backed by extensive guarantees, as this gives consumers confidence in their purchase. The hot-dipped galvanisation, combined with the thickness of material used, ensures that the workshop should be very long lasting. That’s why the manufacturers have been confident enough to supply a twenty year warranty against rust. This warranty doesn’t require any further work on behalf of the workshop owner, and with three coats of paint used on the surface this should also be durable. As always, however, we would advise inspecting the paint annually and touching up with a suitable metallic paint where necessary.
Doors And Windows
As a workshop, there is a likelihood that heavy or large machinery may need to be moved in and out, so when we review large scale metal workshops we take particular note of the doors. These doors certainly pass the test, as they are strong and heavy. The main double doors give an opening of 1.3m, and both these and the additional personnel door have a height of 1.97m making it easy to get in and out.
We were glad to see that the manufacturer had included an integrated skylight as standard, as even though internal lighting is often added, natural light is essential to create a pleasant environment. The gables are also ventilated ensuring a nice through flow of air.
Security and Privacy
Large workshops can become prime target for thieves, so it’s a pity that a good quality padlock wasn’t included as standard in a workshop at this price level. This should be your first purchase, and once in place the pad bolt locks provide excellent security. The doors themselves are made of higher grade steel than the rest of the structure, making them very difficult to break into. It’s worth remembering, of course, that the skylight should also be secured, although the apex nature of the roof makes it more difficult for access to be gained through that route.
Customisation Options and Extras
We would recommend a pair of good quality padlocks as the first accessory for this shed, as both doors will need to be secured. A shed alarm system would also be a sensible addition, but once these are in place there is little need for further expense.
A set of 28 Hilti screws can be added to the purchase of the workshop itself. These are themselves made of strong and rust resistant metal, and are designed to make it easy to secure the workshop itself to a concrete base.
For even greater storage options, or to create more organisation while using the workshop, shelving can be acquired that is easy to fix to the solid metal frame.
Not all metal sheds are the same, and the quality of materials used really puts this at the pinnacle of workshop quality.
Longevity Of Materials 10/10
The steel used throughout this workshop is manufactured with durability and rust resistance in mind. A 20 year warranty is supplied by the manufacturer, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see the workshop give more trouble free years than that.
The apex roof adds to the already voluminous storage capacity. There’s more than enough room to carry out your hobby here, or even to use it for light commercial purposes.
Ease Of Installation 8/10
You’ll need at least two people to put together this shed, and a further pair of hands would be recommended. From start to finish it takes around 16 hours to build, so set aside two days for the task.
The cost may put some people off, but this is one of the largest workshop in the Shed Baron range, and as such the value for money is still quite acceptable, especially taking into consideration the twenty year plus life of the workshop.
Final Thoughts: We were very impressed by the toughness and durability of this workshop, and yet it doesn’t look plain or obtrusive. Once constructed it will give decades of protection to the contents stored within it, and both this factor and its large size, give it great flexibility. We can imagine this standing at the foot of a large garden or even being used as an extra building for a factory, garage, or warehouse. Extra security will need to be added, so we recommend investing in both padlocks and an alarm system, but other than this, and the cost and time involved in constructing a suitable base, it is a workshop that won’t need extra money spending on it as the years go by.
Prices around: £1099
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