This is a top quality, durable storage shed that is created with general storage in mind. Technically because of the size of the building, it could be turned into a workshop, used as a home office or potentially a home gym. However, it would require a lot of upgrades to give it the strength that it would need to handle heavyweight equipment. It is part of the Select range which is typically one of the higher quality Walton’s collections.
- Roof height – 2.14m
- Eaves height – 1.61m
- Door height – 1.68m
- Door width – 0.96m
- Depth – 3.12m
- Width – 2.34m
The height of the shed is its main stand out feature. Its apex roof increases interior head space and creates a wonderfully spacious design; perfect for storing tall equipment. Another notable measurement is the width of the doors. Benefitting from double doors, this shed offers an incredible amount of access, making it easy to move absolutely anything in and out of the building. Thanks to the extra width, the doors on this shed provide even more access than standard double doors. It has a slightly larger depth than some other 10×8 sheds, so this needs to be taken into account when choosing where to assemble it.
All in all its measurements are impressive and it is one of the larger sized storage sheds available.
Roof and Floor
It’s disappointing that the interior of the building doesn’t quite match the quality of the exterior. Solid sheet materials are included for the floor and roof. As you’ll notice, these don’t seem to provide that much stability. The roof is thinner than the floor, measuring 8mm thick. For your peace of mind we would advise adding a few joists to the roof just to improve its stability. What we do like about Waltons sheds is that they come with a heavy duty sand felt. Again this does look a little on the thin side, but it will protect the building for at least a year.
The floors solid sheet material is 10mm thick. There are two issues we have with this type of floor. Firstly it looks cheap. This is especially true with this shed as it contrasts with the high quality exterior cladding. Secondly, it doesn’t give you a lot of reassurance when storing heavy equipment. That’s why a lot of customers choose to upgrade. Now you are given a free 28mm support kit which will add quite a lot of strength to the floor. However, we’d also recommend considering the extra strength pack which will offer maximum reassurance and ensure you can store whatever you need to without worrying about the floor’s stability.
Cladding and Frame
We can’t fault the walls of this shed as they are created with the highest quality Shiplap tongue and groove cladding. This offers not only a sleek, smooth design, but it also has a very useful water-resistant feature. Take a close look at the panels of the shed and you’ll see they have an indented channel. This prevents rainwater from building up on the timber, and automatically drains it away from the building. So, the risk of rot and damp are minimised significantly even before you have treated the building.
The walls also benefit from an expansion gap thanks to the tongue and groove cladding. This is another important weatherproof feature, as it protects the entire structure of the shed if warping occurs. Timber can warp throughout the year if there are changes in the levels of heat and moisture it is exposed to. The expansion gap provides space in case the timber swells, ensuring the structure remains intact and stability is maintained.
Like you’ll find on most sheds, the wooden framing used measures 28mm x 28mm. One thing Waltons do differently to a lot of manufacturers however, is they use double framing in the corner of their buildings. This provides two benefits. It helps to boost the shed’s rigidity and it also works as a barrier against moisture.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
There is a 10 year anti-rot warranty provided with the shed, but one condition of this cover is that you need to treat the building with a high quality preservative. This needs to be done after assembly and then typically once annually thereafter. Now, this is pretty standard for outdoor wooden buildings, but what you will be interested to know is that there is a way you might not have to reapply the treatment annually.
Spirit treatments are designed to protect the building both on the inside and the outside. They do this by penetrating into the wood, forming a barrier within its inside layers. They also leave behind a protective barrier on the surface. So essentially you are getting two layers of cover. As this shed is built with the strongest type of cladding available, it benefits from natural water resistance. So the amount of pressure put onto the treatment throughout the year will be significantly lower than it is on overlap sheds. This means it will not wear down as fast and will therefore provide long-lasting protection. That’s why on some of the best quality spirit treatments, you will find the manufacturer states that it does not need to be reapplied every year.
Whilst spirit treatments are the ones we’d recommend, there are also water treatments available. With these you would need to apply them each year, but they come in a much wider collection of colours. Waltons give you a 5L Golden Brown water treatment free with the shed so this can help to save money if you decide to stick with it.
Doors and Windows
Tall ledge double doors open out to reveal spacious entry into the shed. It’s disappointing they aren’t braced, but the ledge design is a good feature as it lets you easily install a hasp and staple. If bracing is an issue, you could always do it yourself as it isn’t overly difficult. Adding extra support will stop the door from sagging, making them easily strong enough to handle daily wear and tear.
As you can see from the picture, the shed also comes with 4 large windows. These 2.5mm styrene glazed windows offer a fantastic level of light to filter into the shed, making it easier to work in and use during daylight hours. Styrene is used for its shatterproof abilities. This makes the windows stronger than single glazing.
Security and Privacy
The shed may look really secure, but it actually doesn’t come with many security features. For example, there is no lock on the double doors. The good news is it is pretty simple to install a lock and it gives you more flexibility on the type you install. However, that obviously means you have to spend extra money securing the building.
The windows could be seen as a security threat too, although they are fixed so that does help a little. More than anything they limit the amount of privacy provided. As the windows are pretty big, it’s possible to see the entire contents of the shed. If you need to store valuable machinery or equipment, we’d recommend installing blinds or curtains. The tongue and groove cladding is strong enough to hold a curtain pole for example, so this would really help solve the privacy issue.
Customisation Options and Extras
There’s a good choice of customisation options and extras available. To start with, we’d recommend customising the shed with the extra strength floor support kit. Whilst you are provided with a very good free standard support kit, we think it makes sense to spend a little extra to get the maximum strength and support from the floor. After all, it’s one of the most important parts of the shed so it’s definitely worth making sure it is as strong as it could possibly be. At £29.99, it isn’t an expensive upgrade yet it makes a massive difference to what you can store in the building. It’s worth noting that it can reach up to 16ft so you will likely need to trim the included joists down to fit the base.
The superior duty felt in charcoal is another recommended upgrade. We are happy with the heavy duty felt supplied, but sand felt will perish, especially in harsh weather. The superior duty felt available has been made with fibreglass so it naturally doesn’t perish. It is also thicker than the heavy duty felt so will offer much more effective protection against the elements. As the shed comes with an apex roof, you’ll also benefit from the aesthetic benefits of the felt. It has a great textured design and looks a lot more stylish than the sand felt.
As for the extras, the 10×8 Portabase is high on our recommendation list. Providing an extremely firm and even base for the shed, it boosts the building away from the floor, helping to protect it against potential rot. You’ll also find that it is actually easier to assemble the shed on top of this base which is another huge advantage.
Other extras available include Duck Back treatments, a 49mm weatherproof padlock and Draper accessories. These aren’t essential accessories, but they could still prove useful.
The majority of the building has been created with very high quality materials. It is only the interior which slightly lets the shed down.
Longevity Of materials 8/10
Externally, the shed is designed to withstand even the harshest British weather. It does need to be treated, but if you take the time to keep on top of these treatments you benefit from an excellent 10 year anti-rot warranty. Again, the solid sheet materials for the floor and roof are the only things that really let the shed down in terms of durability.
Inside the shed, you’re presented with a good amount of storage space. However, unless you upgrade the floor, it is only suitable for storing light or medium weight equipment. The walls on the other hand give you the opportunity to add interior shelving, helping to increase the amount of storage available.
Ease of installation 8/10
This shed is fairly easy to put up and full instructions are provided. However, it is a large building so it will take time. You shouldn’t struggle too much with assembly, but it’s also worth keeping in mind that some of the panels are quite heavy due to the thick tongue and groove cladding.
Considering it comes with some great features, we feel this shed offers great value for money. Even the cost of upgrading the floor isn’t expensive. It’s a simplistic shed, but it is really built to last.
Final Thoughts: It’s not hard to see why this is one of Waltons best-selling sheds. It may come at a really affordable cost, but it has a great quality look and some pretty good features. The exterior walls are tough; benefitting from 12mm Shiplap tongue and groove construction. It also boasts the very popular apex roof design. This is known for its incredible rainwater resistance, as well as for providing great interior height. Large styrene glazed windows filter a lot of natural light into the building and are 100% shatterproof for safety and security. Overall it’s a really great shed which also has the potential to be used as a workshop.
Prices around: £589.95
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