Shed Type, Roof Size
It was clear that this timber pent shed had been built with security in mind from first glance, thanks to the series of tiny windows and the padlock protector. Because these features are instantly noticeable, that in itself can act as a deterrent against opportune thieves. They give the shed a tough, almost austere, look, but yet it still has a traditional styling that so many people like.
The pent roof is one of the shed’s more traditional features, and it ensures that rain and snow simply slides or bounces away. It also adds a little to the vertical storage capacity, without creating stark inequalities between the centre and sides as we see in many apex sheds. The ridge height is 2.00m and the eaves height is 1.75m. When choosing where to position the shed you’ll also need to know the overall width, 2.44m, and the overall depth of 3.05m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were pleased to see that PAR tongue and groove cladding had been used for the walls, roof and floor as this makes it much tougher and more rigid than standard cladding that shares its thickness of 12mm. The frame was also thicker than we usually see, measuring 44 X 27mm, and it had rounded edges at the corners to give it extra strength.
Whilst we found the floor itself to be strong enough for most purposes, we feel that at this price it should have included pressure treated joists to raise it above ground level. Ground moisture is a major cause of rot in sheds, so we would recommend the purchase of the floor bearers which are available as optional extras.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
It was disappointing to see that the manufacturer had only used a basic dip preservative treatment on this shed prior to delivery. Whilst this gives it a short initial protection, it will need to be re-treated six weeks after installation and then given extra coats of wood preserver every year thereafter. This entails significant expense and time from the customer, and it was also disappointing to find that a simple one year warranty had been provided.
Doors and Windows
The door looks and feels very strong and sturdy, and features security bolted hinges and a padlock protector, both of which are useful additions. For a single door, its width of 0.76m is relatively generous, and its height of 1.75m also means that most people will be able to walk in and out without having to bend too much.
Perhaps the most prominent, and useful, feature of this security shed are the four windows. Individually tiny in size, collectively the allowed a good level of natural light to reach the interior. It was also good to see that the glazing used was tough and shatter resistant horticultural glass.
Security and Privacy
The size and high positioning of the windows makes it very difficult for people to see what’s inside, and it also makes it impossible for anyone to use the windows to gain access. For a security shed, however, we were surprised to see that a padlock isn’t included as standard even though the handles are holed to accept one, and a padlock protector is included. This is therefore an essential purchase along with the shed, but one which we feel shouldn’t have had to be made by the customer.
Customisation Options and Extras
As mentioned earlier, we highly recommend the purchase of the floor bearers to combat the threat of ground moisture. They come at a price of £52.99, but one option that is free allows the customer to move the door to the opposite gable, thus changing the four windows from the right hand to the left hand side. In this way, the customer can decide which orientation is best for their own garden layout.
Another option that we think could prove very useful is the professional installation service. Although it costs a little over a hundred pounds, we know that many people will be happy to pay this to save time and gain a perfect installation.
The use of PAR cladding is a sign of the high quality components used across this shed, as are the chamfered edges on the heavy duty frame.
Longevity Of materials 8/10
The cladding itself should be enough to keep rain out for many years, as long as annual treatments are maintained. It was a pity, however, that a more thorough preservative treatment isn’t used by the manufacturer.
You can store a lot inside this shed, thanks to its taller than average height for a pent shed.
Ease of installation 8.5/10
Despite having four windows, this shed is still quite easy to install as the assembly instructions are clear and easy to follow. With a friend’s help, you should be able to complete the installation in around six hours.
Whilst this shed is made to a high specification, it does cost more than many others of a similar size, and the lack of an extended warranty and extensive retreatment requirements also have to be taken into consideration.
Final Thoughts: With the addition of a good quality padlock and alarm this security shed represents a safe environment for valuable tools and equipment, but it was a surprise not to see even a padlock included at this price. We did like the four fixed windows, however, and they allow more light inside than you might think while still keeping the shed’s contents hidden from prying eyes. The overall storage capacity will be more than enough for most small to medium sized gardens, and the tough tongue and groove cladding should keep rot away for much longer than the warranty period suggests, as long as annual treatments are kept up.
Prices around: £999.99
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