Shed Type, Roof Size
This garden shed impressed us at first sight; it’s Dutch barn design creating a look that really stands out from the crowd for all the right reasons. It’s sure to draw compliments from neighbours and friends, and yet the unique design also brings a range of advantages performance-wise as well.
This is especially true when it comes to the rain repelling roof. Made of tongue and groove cladding and covered in mineral felt, the eaves height is only 1.62m, but the ridge height is a very generous 2.62m. This is the tallest roof we’ve seen in a shed with this sort of base size, so there’s a lot of room to move about in or to store taller items. The base itself has a width of 2.44m, and a depth of 3.03m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were very pleased to see that tongue and groove cladding used throughout, and not just on the walls, as we sometimes see sheds that use less costly solid sheet material in these areas. It’s thickness of 12mm could be slightly thicker, as could the framing size of 27 X 45mm, but it still produces a strong and stable shed when assembled.
It wasn’t just the substrate used that impressed us about the floor, but also the fact that it comes with integrated pressure treated floor joists which give it excellent defences against the threat from ground moisture. If you are looking to create a more level surface on which to site the shed, or wish to elevate it still further, there’s also the option to add DIY timber base kit, although this does cost £136.99.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
With a shed as attractive as this, it’s important to keep its good looks free from rot. That’s why it was reassuring to see that a 10 year warranty against rot was provided by Windsor. It also shows just how effective the combination of the pitched roof and tight tongue and groove cladding is at keeping rain out.
It was good to see that the floor joists have been pressure treated prior to being shipped, which gives them a very good initial protection against wet rot, but the rest of the shed has been dip treated, which places an onus on the owner to retreat it after six weeks and then on an annual basis. A free tub of treatment is included to help with the first of these, which we feel is a nice touch that provides a little added value.
Doors and Windows
It wasn’t just the roof of this shed that we found eye catching, as we were also impressed by the double doors. They’re not only tough and well hinged, they’re very large as well with a width of 1.35m and a height of 1.73m. It means that you won’t have to worry about getting wide or tall items inside, and also facilitates the use of a wheelbarrow, an example of which is available as an optional extra.
When we see a shed of this size that has windows, we consider whether it would be suitable for use as a small workshop. We certainly think this one could be used for that purpose, thanks to two windows allowing natural light in, and the tall headroom. With one window also opening, it’s easy to ventilate the interior and control the temperature.
Privacy and Security
The use of horticultural glass improves security as, being thicker and tougher than standard glazing, it’s harder to break and gain access through. We were pleased that the door is also protected, thanks to a key operated lock. This can be a great deterrent in itself, as many opportune thieves will simply look for another shed that doesn’t have such an obvious secure locking system.
Customisation Options and Extras
Whilst this shed has been given a high quality preservative treatment, it comes unpainted. Over time this means the wood can fade to a dull silvery colour because of the UV in the sun’s rays. That’s why we always recommend that a timber shed is painted, thus creating a barrier against UV, and so it was pleasing to see that four shades of timber paint are available to be purchased at the same time as the shed.
There’s also a DIY assembly tool kit available, and as all fixtures and fittings are included with the shed, this means that you’ll have everything you need to complete the installation. Alternatively, a time saving professional installation service is available for £319.99.
It was good to see that cheaper options had been eschewed in favour of the use of tongue and groove cladding on all surfaces, and this was just one sign of the overall high quality of components.
Longevity Of materials 9/10
The roof and cladding should help the shed be very durable, especially if annual treatments are kept up, although the frame could have been slightly thicker we feel.
The base area is typical of a medium sized shed, but the vertical storage space isn’t. The height of the shed really boosts the storage capacity, particularly if shelving is installed.
Ease of installation 8/10
The roof is the most difficult and time consuming section to assemble, yet by following the instructions it’s still possible for two people to complete the installation in around five to six hours.
There are cheaper sheds available, but none that have the good looks and build quality of this one.
Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a timber shed that has that little bit extra, then this is well worth considering. It is one of the most attractive timber sheds that we’ve reviewed, but thankfully that doesn’t mean that the manufacturers have thought about the looks alone. High quality cladding used throughout, in conjunction with tough felt on the roof, is very effective at keeping rain out, so you’ll have confidence that the contents inside will remain dry. You can also be confident that they remain safe as well, thanks to the key operated lock, although it may also be worth adding an alarm if you plan to use it as a secure storage solution.
Prices around: £969.99
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