Shed Type, Roof Size
This shed has a traditional apex shed design that will provide a fitting centrepiece to any garden. The initial preservative treatment used by the manufacturer gives the softwood a rich golden colour, akin to a light oak. Because it has a relatively narrow frontage backed up by a generous depth, this is a garden building that will be perfect for areas where width is at a premium, yet it still provides a very useful amount of storage space.
The apex roof is topped by a strong roofing felt that fixes onto its solid sheet boards. The apex design helps rainwater run harmlessly away and gives a ridge height of 2.11m, which is backed up by an eaves height of 1.75m. The overall width is 2.20m and the overall depth is 4.34m, although both of these measurements include the overhang.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
The cladding gives a shed its strength and durability, so we always pay special attention to how tough it is and how well it fits together. This certainly wasn’t the thickest cladding we’ve seen on a shed of this size, at a thickness of 12mm, although it is still slightly thicker than some we review. The standard frame, however, was noticeably thicker at 34mm. The tongue and groove components fitted together well, making the whole structure seem solid when constructed, and ensuring that there are no weak areas for rain to penetrate.
The flooring is also made of tongue and groove, which always gives a reassuring toughness underfoot, but we would again have preferred it to be thicker than the 12mm supplied here. If you planned on keeping heavy equipment inside, then you’ll need to look at reinforcing the floor.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
Our damp and unpredictable climate can soon cause rot to take hold, which is why we like to see that manufacturers have provided a good level of initial preservative protection, for example by using deep reaching tanalisation. In this case, however, the bare minimum has been done, with one coat of preservative being dip applied. This may also be why Shire have only been able to supply a one year warranty period, which is the basic warranty that all wooden sheds are covered by.
It’s essential to apply good quality wood preserver to this shed on an annual basis to keep the threat of wet rot away, and it may also be worthwhile adding an initial protective coating around three months after purchasing the shed. We would also recommend painting the shed, as otherwise the UV rays found in sunlight can fade the attractive brown colour of the wood to a less pleasing silver colour.
Doors and Windows
We were impressed by the double doors that dominate the front of this shed. With a width of 1.36m and a height of 1.71m they are very accommodating, and this becomes especially useful if you’re carrying heavy items in and out as you won’t have to bend down or stoop at the same time. They can be fixed in position with a pad bolt, but do note that there is no padlock included with this.
The feature we liked most about this shed was its three windows. Morticed and tenoned their positions are interchangeable thanks to the modular construction of the walls. It provides extra flexibility, and allows the owner to position them in the area that will bring most natural light to the interior. It was also good to see that horticultural glass had been used, as this is both tougher and more shatter resistant than standard glazing.
Security and Privacy
With security such an important consideration these days, it was a pity to find that a padlock wasn’t supplied as standard with a shed of this price. One can easily be fitted however, thanks to the holed padbolt, and they needn’t be an expensive purchase. On the positive side, the strong doors and toughened glazing help to make the building more secure.
Customisation Options and Extras
We were pleased to see that so many useful features were included as standard, yet there is still a range of optional extras to choose from. These include a water station, for greener garden watering, a wheelbarrow and a tool rack on wheels, but the optional extra that we think will be of most use is a resin shelving storage unit. It features four shelves, and the best thing about it is that it is stand alone and so can be positioned anywhere within the shed.
It was good to review a wooden shed that was obviously made to a very high quality, from the tough roofing felt to the knot free sustainably sourced softwood.
Longevity Of materials 7/10
It’s important for wood to be protected against moisture, particularly in its infancy. For this reason we would have liked to see a more effective method of preservation used, and therefore a longer warranty period given.
You can fit a lot in this shed, thanks to the taller than average height to go with the generous depth.
Ease of installation 9/10
We were pleased to see a modular system of cladding being used, making this is one of the easiest sheds of this size to install. Even the windows fit easily into place, without the need for any cutting or sawing.
This shed certainly represents value for money for the amount of storage space it provides, and for the quality of its construction, but it loses marks because of its lack of an extended warranty.
Final Thoughts: We really liked the look of this shed, and one feature that we particularly appreciated is the ability to switch around the side panels and therefore switch the location of the side windows. The shiplap tongue and groove is very good at keeping precipitation out, yet it will still be essential to retreat the shed on an annual basis, so factor in the cost of preservatives when considering the initial price. The large double doors and three windows are all fastenable, but to make it a truly secure option for your garden, a padlock and possibly an alarm will need to be added.
Prices around: £539.99
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