Shed Type, Roof Size
It wasn’t just the size of this metal garage that we found impressive, even though it was one of the first things that struck us, but also its appearance. It looks completely different to other metal garages we review, as the steel itself has been topped with tough coloured vinyl. The main colour is almond, with detailing in coffee brown, and the light and dark contrast is very pleasing. It’s certainly a garage that will become a talking point on your property.
The apex roof that sits on top of the garage is made of the same durable cladding found elsewhere, and its pitch means that water is simply channeled away. This prevents water from sitting on the surface, thus reducing the chance of rust occurring. This is not only wide and deep, with outer dimensions of 3.71m and 7.35m respectively, it’s also one of the tallest garages or workshops we’ve reviewed. The ridge height is 2.62m and the eaves height is 1.85m.
Cladding and Floor
Whilst we found the cladding visually appealing it’s also very strong and durable, so we were pleased to see it used on the walls and the roof. At its heart is electro-galvanised steel, and this is then given a vinyl coating. The end result is a substrate that is very resistant to rain and snow, and insect attack, and that is UV resistant as well. In fact, the cladding itself is five times thicker than that found on many standard electro galvanised buildings, and that means that it feels very stable when assembled.
We didn’t expect a floor to be included, as buildings of this size are typically affixed to a flat concrete surface. We do, however, expect an anchor kit to be included for this purpose. Unfortunately it’s missing here, so the customer will have to source their own anchor kit or Hilti screws.
With such tough cladding used, and further protection provided by the pitched apex roof, we knew that a long warranty period could be offered. Nevertheless, we were pleased to see this confirmed by Arrow’s 15 year warranty provided here. Not only does the customer get reassurance of the durability of their purchase, there is also no need for any future treatments, saving them time and money in the years to come. The only treatment we would recommend is regular cleaning, or hosing, to keep algae at bay.
Doors and Windows
The up and over garage door dominates the front of this building, and its tough look can itself be a deterrent to some opportune thieves who are in search of an easy target. It opens to a width of 2.41m and has a height of just under six feet, so we’re confident that there’s no need to worry about scraping the sides when driving in and out. Even with a vehicle inside there’s still lots of room at the back that can be used as a storage or work space, so we were pleased to see that separate access to that area is provided by a single personnel door that slides upon rails, and which can be fitted on either side of the building. If you do plan to use part or all of this building as a workshop, however, you will need to install a light source as there are no windows included.
Whilst the window free design can be a highly effective defence against opportune thieves, we feel that a building designed to hold vehicles needs to have security as a priority. That’s why we were disappointed that there aren’t any padlocks provided with this garage, despite both doors being lockable. Anyone buying this garage, therefore, should make the purchase of locks and an alarm system their priority.
As mentioned above, the first purchase we would recommend is a good quality padlock and alarm system, and if a car is being kept inside then it might even be worth installing a CCTV camera to act as a visible deterrent. Another purchase that really has to be made is an anchor kit, or alternatively a set of Hilti screws that can be used to screw the base into a level area of concrete. Unfortunately none of these items are available to be purchased along with the shed, although they can easily be sourced separately.
Arrow are noted for the quality of their components, and the attractive vinyl coated steel cladding is a good indicator of this.
Longevity of Materials
Vinyl is a very durable material in its right, free from the threat of rot and rust, and when backed up by electro-galvanised steel it’s easy to see why a 15 year warranty can be provided.
This is one of the largest metal garages we’ve reviewed, and so it could easily be used as a very spacious workshop if some extra lighting was installed.
Ease of Installation
A minimum of two people are required to install this garage, and it will take at least ten hours to complete, so we recommend setting aside two days for the task.
For such a large garage, and such an attractive one too, this provides very good value for money, even though an alarm system and anchor kit will need to be bought separately.
Final Thoughts: Anchor are one of America’s biggest suppliers of sheds, workshops, and garages, so it’s good to see that many of their products can now be bought in the UK. This is one of the stars of their catalogue, and should be considered by all who are wanting to buy a large garage without having to spend a large amount of money. It’s contrasting light and dark colour scheme really catches the eye, but the cladding is much more than decoration. We were glad to see that such a strong and durable cladding was backed up by a 15 year manufacturer’s guarantee, and with no future treatment required this is a no fuss garage solution.
Prices around: £1649.99
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