Shed Type, Roof Size
We were struck by this shed’s appearance. It’s tough and masculine, and may not be to everyone’s taste, but the appearance itself can act as an effective deterrent. It’s easy to imagine opportune thieves seeing this and passing by in search of an easier target. Despite that, it still has a traditional look that will fit into a garden environment, thanks to its use of tongue and groove timber cladding.
On top of the shed is a pent roof. This too is made of tongue and groove cladding, which we were glad to see as opposed to OSM, and is covered in a string roofing felt. Thanks to that, and the roof’s pitch, rainwater should be carried away. It has a ridge height of 2.00m and an eaves height of 1.75m, and the shed has an overall width of 1.83m and an overall depth of 3.66m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were pleased to see PAR tongue and groove cladding used on this shed as it gives a strong and resilient substrate. At 12mm thick, it is equivalent to 16mm of standard rough sawn cladding, which exceeds the cladding we often find on timber sheds. The frame, too, is thicker than average with dimensions of 44 X 27mm, and has chamfered edges at the corners. The end result of this is a tough and stable garden building that should be highly resistant to winds.
The floor too is made of PAR tongue and groove cladding, which again is superior to many floors in the timber sheds we review. We were surprised, however, to see that it is designed to sit upon the ground rather than being elevated above it. Ground moisture is a major cause of rot in wooden sheds, so we would strongly advise buying floor joists, such as the bearers available as optional extras.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
At this price, we were also surprised that a more lasting preservative treatment hasn’t been applied by the manufacturer. The dip coating is enough to protect the timber during installation, but it will need re-treating by the customer within six weeks of it being assembled, and will then require further treatments with wood preserver every year. Further to this, the shed comes with just the basic one year warranty against rot rather than the 10 or 15 year terms we sometimes see, so these factors must be taken into consideration when deciding how much value for money it provides.
Doors and Windows
The hinged single door was both wider and taller than many doors we see, at 0.76m and 1.75m respectively. This is a real boon if you’re planning on storing wide, tall, or bulky pieces of equipment.
The features we most liked about this shed were its four small yet useful windows. Often when we review security sheds we find that they have no windows at all, and we always feel that natural light is needed to create a pleasant interior that a person will be happy to spend time in. These windows are an ideal solution, as they let a plentiful amount of light in but because they are small and positioned high up the shed, they don’t allow passers by to see what’s kept inside.
Security and Privacy
This is a shed that’s been designed with security in mind, as the four windows show. With no way of knowing if valuable items are kept inside, it’s less likely that it will be targeted by thieves. Another useful security feature that we welcomed is the sturdy padlock protector, but we would have liked to see a padlock included to go along with it. As it is, this is a security shed that needs a padlock to be bought separately.
Customisation Options and Extras
As mentioned above, a padlock is the first thing we’d recommend buyers of this shed to purchase, and a good quality lock and alarm system can be yours for around £25. For £47.99 you can also purchase the optional set of floor bearers, and again this is something that we would strongly recommend as it helps to combat the threat of rising moisture.
If you’d like to own this security shed but aren’t sure if you’ll have the time or ability to construct it, help is at hand as there’s a professional installation service available. We were pleased to see this offered, and we also like the fact that the door can be positioned on either gable, and that switching it is available free of charge.
It was good to see PAR tongue and groove cladding used across the whole of the shed, as this, and the strong frame, show a high quality product.
Longevity Of materials 8.5/10
The basic preservative treatment offered at purchase, and the lack of pressure treated floor joists, both prevent this shed being as durable as the tough cladding would otherwise allow it to be.
It’s surprising how much can fit inside this shed, thanks to a relatively tall eaves height and a very generous depth.
Ease of installation 8.5/10
The instructions supplied are quite easy to follow, so with a friend’s assistance you should be able to fully install this shed in four to six hours. Alternatively of course, you can save time by using the optional professional installation service.
Whilst this security shed is well made, we would have expected to see a padlock and floor joists included for this price, and for it to come with an extended warranty against rot.
Final Thoughts: If you plan on storing items of value within your garden, then a security shed is a very wise choice. This is a good example of the genre, although a strong padlock will need to be bought in order for it to be used for the purpose for which it was intended. Once attached the padlock protector gives it extra protection, while the small windows featuring tough horticultural glass protect the contents from unauthorised eyes while still allowing light to reach the interior. With good weatherproofing provided by the tough cladding and roof as well, this also offers good protection against the elements, although we do recommend elevating the floor above ground level.
Prices around: £849.99
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