14′ x 8′ Shed-Plus Champion Heavy Duty Apex Double Door Shed

Prices Around: £1199
Size: 4.24 X 2.44m
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This large shed complies to a classic design that’s been found in gardens for decades, and yet it has many modern design features as well that make it perfect as a small and affordable workshop as well as a base to store your gardening tools and equipment. With it’s high apex roof and wide opening double doors, you really can fit a lot inside and you won’t have difficulties with unusually tall or wide items.

The large apex roof at the summit is made from tongue and groove cladding which is then covered with roofing felt. This makes it very tough and durable, and it’s also effective at channeling rainwater away. This role is also carried out by the tough tongue and groove cladding used for the walls, and we were very pleased to see that it had been pressure treated. This means it should be very resistant to rot, as the 15 year warranty period shows.

Of course, water ingress isn’t the only intrusion that shed owners today have to worry about. With shed crime seemingly on the rise, it’s good to see that the dual windows are made of toughened glass and that a key operated locking system is included as standard.

What we rate

  • 15 year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Wide and tall double doors
  • Lots of headroom
  • Secure key operated lock
  • Pressure treated tongue and groove cladding

What we slate

  • Comes in an unpainted state
  • Expensive optional extras
How We Rate It
9
Quality 9.5/10
95% Complete
Longevity Of materials 10/10
100% Complete
Storage Size 9/10
90% Complete
Ease of installation 8/10
80% Complete
Value for money 9/10
90% Complete

Let's Take a Closer Look...

Shed Type, Roof Size

14' x 8' Shed-Plus Champion Heavy Duty Apex Double Door Shed UnpaintedThis large and tall timber shed could easily double as a workshop, thanks to its more than generous dimensions, its large double doors, and its two windows that let natural light flood into the interior. Whether you want to use it for work or leisure, or a combination of both, you’re sure to enjoy seeing this in your garden as we found its traditional appearance to be very pleasing on the eye.

The thing about its physical appearance that struck us most was its height, thanks to the apex roof that gives a ridge height of 2.31m and an eaves height of 1.727m both of which are more than we usually see on the timber sheds we review. You’ll also need to know the base width and depth when finding a level area on which to site the shed, and these are 2.44m and 4.24m respectively.

Cladding, Frame and Floor

14' x 8' Shed-Plus Champion Heavy Duty Apex Double Door Shed CladdingWhen reviewing sheds of this size and in this price range, we expect to see high quality tongue and groove cladding used. That’s certainly what we got on this occasion, and its thickness of 12mm matches what we often see used by multiple manufacturers. The framing size of 34 X 34mm, however, is slightly thicker than most frames even though we do occasionally see frames that are even thicker and stronger.

It was good to see that the floor and roof shared the same 12mm tongue and groove timbers, as this provides a more durable substrate than the solid sheet material which is sometimes used. It was also good to see that there were pressure treated floor joists. Ground moisture can quickly create rot on wooden floors that aren’t sufficiently elevated, but the raised level of this floor negates that problem.

Treatment Requirements and Warranty

14' x 8' Shed-Plus Champion Heavy Duty Apex Double Door Shed Roof SupportIf you’ve had a timber shed before then you may remember the laborious and costly annual treatments that you carried out. If so, you’ll be delighted to hear that there are no treatment requirements specified for this shed (even though we’d still advise checking the timbers on a yearly basis to see if any preserver is needed). The reason for this is that all the timber has had a pressure treatment applied, giving it long lasting protection against rot. That’s also one of the reasons that a 15 year anti-rot warranty is supplied, which we were very pleased to see.

Doors and Windows

14' x 8' Shed-Plus Champion Heavy Duty Apex Double Door Shed Door HandleThe double doors dominate the front of this shed, and we were pleased to see not only how tough they were, held firmly in place by six sturdy hinges, but also how large they were. They open to a width of 1.52m and a height of 1.80m, which will prove invaluable if the shed is to be used as a workshop holding machinery or even as an all weather storage facility for mobility scooters or motorbikes.

There are two windows, both of which are joinery made and feature toughened glass so that you won’t have to worry about accidental impact from flying stones and chippings. What we liked most about them is that they can be opened and then fastened into place, as this allows them to be used for temperature control and ventilation purposes.

Security Features

14' x 8' Shed-Plus Champion Heavy Duty Apex Double Door Shed Window LatchWhilst the toughened glass and fully braced doors can certainly act as an aid to security, the main security feature is the integrated mortice lock. Key operated it provides a level of security akin to that found on your house doors. Even the sight of it can be enough to deter some opportune thieves, who are always on the lookout for an easy and unprotected target.

As we review many sheds and workshops that feature no locking system at all we were pleased to see this supplied as standard.

Optional Extras

There are three optional extras available, but they all add significantly to the initial price paid. The one that we feel represents the best value for money, as well as being potentially the most useful, is the professional installation system. At a price of £179 we can imagine people with particularly busy schedules being happy to pay it. As well as the installation service there is an option to upgrade to a slatted roof, at a cost of £419.99, or to add a workbench which although it looks to be made to a high standard is not inexpensive at £169.99.

So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Quality 9.5/10
95% Complete
From the moment we saw this shed fully assembled it was plain to see that it was made of high quality components that had been well machined.
Longevity Of materials 10/10
100% Complete
We always like to see tongue and groove cladding that’s been pressure treated, but it’s not always delivered. On this occasion it was, along with a very reassuring 15 year warranty period.
Storage Size 9/10
90% Complete
This very deep shed also has an adequate width and a taller than average height, with the end result that there’s a lot of storage space available.
Ease of installation 8/10
80% Complete
Although two people can expect to take six to eight hours to complete the installation, this is simply down to the size of the building rather than a judgement on the assembly instructions.
Value for money 9/10
90% Complete
We have reviewed similarly large sheds that cost less than this, but not that come with the same quality and durability and that don’t require any extra components or accessories.
9
Overall Score
Final Thoughts: If you like the traditional look for your garden, then you’re sure to find this timber shed a perfect complement to your lawn, shrubs and trees. It’s large without being obtrusive, and the smooth facade created by its tongue and groove cladding gives it a noticeable touch of class. Of course, it’s not all about looks, and this scores highly in functionality too. The tall eaves means that there’s even more storage space than you might first imagine, and thanks to the key operated lock you won’t have to worry about how safe your contents are at night or while you’re away. Similar reassurance comes via the weather protection given by the roof and the tightly interlocking cladding.

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