Shed Type, Roof Size
There were two things that struck us immediately when reviewing this garage: the very generous volume, and its aesthetic appeal. As this building shows, plastic garages can be much more attractive than you might imagine. This is a very practical garage solution as well, as the apex roof shows. As well as increasing the overall height available, it also means that rain and snow is carried away from the body of the garage itself.
At its maximum height the garage is 2.17m, giving over 7 feet of headroom for vehicles and their drivers. The eaves height of 1.86m is also a little more than we see in many garages and workshops. It’s important to note the base size required for this garage, which is a width of 3.22m and a depth of 7.17m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
The cladding used on this garage is tough and durable fire retardant PVC which interlocks in a shiplap fashion, and this is in turn supported by a steel frame. It’s a combination that provides stability in all weathers, and we were pleasantly surprised by how solid it felt.
If you already have a concrete floor of the requisite size then this garage can be erected directly onto it. We were pleased to see that the steel foundation kit was included as standard, and that the instructions supplied were comprehensive and yet easy to follow. If no such concrete surface exists at your property, then a suitably flat surface will have to be laid prior to the installation of the garage itself.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
By its very nature, PVC is a very weather resistant material and guaranteed not to rot. For this reason, there is no treatment required from the owner other than regular cleaning and maintenance of the cladding to ensure that algae isn’t allowed to form. A 15 year warranty is supplied by the manufacturer, and this shows the quality and durability of both the PVC and steel components supplied.
Doors and Windows
When reviewing garages we like to see that the manufacturer has considered how easy it is for the driver to enter and exit the building when a vehicle is stored inside. That’s why we were pleased to see that a side personnel door is included as well as the main double door on the front. The double door dominates the facade with an opening of 2.24m, and it has a height of 1.80m. Moulded for extra strength, they looked and felt more than capable of standing up to the accidental bumps and knocks that any garage door can be subjected to.
Two windows are strategically positioned to allow sunlight to enter the whole length of the building, which is very useful as many garages can hold gloomy interiors. Extra light is provided by the skylight included in the apex roof. Because of this light, and the ventilated nature of the cladding, it’s possible to spend extended periods in this building and therefore use it as a workshop.
Security and Privacy
With garage security often in the news, we were surprised to see that no security or locking feature was included with this garage as standard, although both the double doors and the personnel door have the ability to accept a padlock. The glazing used on the windows fared a little better, being made of tough acrylic.
Customisation Options and Extras
Because this garage comes ready to use from the moment of installation, there are extras specifically available for this garage. As stated above, however, we would strongly recommend that a security system is purchased and installed at the same time as the garage. A padlock and chain is a bare minimum if a vehicle is to be stored inside, and an alarm and CCTV system are also worth considering.
If this garden building is to be used as a workshop, a role for which it’s more than capable, then we would also recommend the purchase of additional stand alone or portable shelving units.
We were impressed at the quality of materials supplied by the manufacturer. For example, the PVC cladding fitted together perfectly, so there’s no need to worry about rainwater finding its way in.
Longevity Of materials 9.5/10
PVC is a naturally long lasting material, and it was good to see that this was backed up by a 15 year warranty, although some plastic garages come with even longer guarantees.
Whether you have a compact car, a family saloon, or a large 4x4 vehicle, you’ll have no problem driving in and out of this garage, and it can also be used as a well proportioned workshop.
Ease of installation 7/10
Despite its size we found this easy to install, thanks to the full and simple to understand instructions and the ease with which components fitted together. We installed it in less than fifteen hours, but we would recommend setting two to three days aside for the installation process.
Considering the large storage space and the attention to detail evident throughout the building, this offers quite good value for money when compared to similar garages.
Final Thoughts: We can see why plastic garages are gaining in popularity, and this is a good example of the genre. Once it’s up, there’s nothing else to worry, so the owner can forget about the cost and time spent on retreatments associated with traditional garages. A secure locking system as standard would certainly have been a welcome addition, but this needn’t add significantly to the initial expense. We found it a very comfortable environment to walk around in, and can imagine it being used as a large and relatively affordable workshop, or simply as a spacious and contemporary looking garden shed that will get all the neighbours talking.
Prices around: £2189.95
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