Shed Type, Roof Size
Timber pent sheds are many people’s favourites, and with this particular model it’s easy to see why. More modest than obtrusive apex sheds they can fit quietly into a garden background, and yet thanks to the redwood tongue and groove cladding we still found this to be a very attractive garden building, and with six fixed windows you’ll enjoy spending time in and out looking out over your garden.
Pent roofs are very effective at carrying water away, so the interior is kept dry and the mineral felt covering, which appeared reassuring strong, also helps with this important role. It has a peak height of 1.93m, and an eaves height of 1.80m, which isn’t the tallest we’ve seen but should still be adequate for most purposes. The overall width of the shed is 3.66m and the overall depth is 1.83m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
Cladding is very important on timber sheds, so we were delighted that this model featured PAR tongue and groove cladding on the walls, roof, and floor. This means that it’s constructed from high quality planed wood that gives it more strength and toughness than its 12mm thickness would suggest. It’s a mark of quality that’s also exemplified by the use of chamfered, or rounded, corners, on the framing which measures 44 X 27mm. The result of this is a shed that is very effective at keeping water out and is also stable in windy conditions.
It was good to see that the floor is made of tongue and groove cladding as well, as this gives more strength than alternative materials such as solid sheet OSM. We would have liked to see it raised slightly, however, as moisture from the ground can easily cause rot to occur in a wooden floor. To combat this, floor bearers can be purchased as an optional extra and we would highly recommend this.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
All timber sheds come with a minimum of a one year warranty, but most sheds we review have an extended warranty beyond this statutory period. That’s why we were disappointed that a shed of this price should only come with a warranty lasting one year. It’s also a pity that the shed has also been given the bare minimum when it comes to initial preservation. One coat of preserver has been applied via a dip treatment, but this means that the customer will have to add more extensive coatings of wood preserver around six weeks after installation. They will need to repeat this treatment on an annual basis, and we would also recommend painting the shed to stop UV damage causing its colour to fade.
Doors and Windows
We found the windows to be the standout features on this shed. There are six of them, and you’ll notice the impact of this when you walk into the shed; everything is nicely illuminated, even in the corners. The glazing itself consists of horticultural glass, which at 3mm thick is significantly tougher than that found in many other sheds we review, and this also makes it more shatter resistant.
We also liked the hinged door, and it makes it easy to move objects in and out without having to twist and turn. For a single door, its width of 0.76m is above average, although we would have liked to see its height of 1.65m increased slightly as taller shed owners may have to bend down a little when using it. The best things about the door is that, at no extra cost, the owner can specify it to be in any of five positions, although some of them will also impact upon the positions of the windows.
Security and Privacy
The wealth of windows certainly brings light into the shed, but it also means that privacy is reduced. As passers by can see what’s stored inside, it becomes even more important for a secure locking system to be in place. We were pleased, therefore, to find that a strong key locking system had been included as standard.
Customisation Options and Extras
We always like to see optional extras available for the customer, and we weren’t let down on this occasion. As well as the free option to change the door position, there is also the option to have a window free design at no extra cost. This can be very useful for people who have security as their highest priority, and who want to keep their valuable garden equipment hidden. Staying with the windows, it’s possible, for £53.99, to upgrade one of the six fixed windows to an opening window; this can help with temperature regulation and ventilation.
If you need extra space to move objects to and from the shed, there’s also an option to upgrade the single door to a double hinged door, and other options include the aforementioned floor bearers and a professional installation service. We feel this latter option is ideal for people who would have difficulty in finding the time to assemble the shed themselves, or who may find it too much of a physical strain.
We were very impressed with the quality of this shed, as shown by the use of high quality tongue and groove cladding across all surfaces.
Longevity Of materials 8.5/10
The tough cladding and the rain repelling pent roof should all help to keep rot away, but we would have liked to see a more effective initial preservation programme.
The generous width means that you can fit a lot of items inside, even though this isn’t one of the tallest sheds we’ve reviewed.
Ease of installation 8.5/10
With so many windows to install, you might expect this to be a time consuming operation, but because the instructions supplied are so clear you and a friend can expect to assemble this in around five hours.
We have seen similarly sized sheds costing rather less money, but they lack the quality inherent in this shed, and the ability to customise it that is provided as standard on this occasion.
Final Thoughts: If you’re a big fan of the traditional look of a garden shed, then you’re sure to love the appearance of this one and you won’t be disappointed in its features either. With so many windows provided, this really does create a light interior that makes it easy to find what you’re looking for, or even to carry out a hobby in. We liked the fact that it can be professionally installed as well, as that makes it accessible for consumers who may be of an age where the thought of assembling their own shed is daunting. When considering the price paid, don’t forget to factor in the cost of preservative treatment as it’s important to top this up on a yearly basis.
Prices around: £769.95
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