Shed Type, Roof Size
We review a lot of large timber sheds, but this one stood out upon first sight for one particular reason: its reverse apex. Put simply, this means that it’s much wider at the front than it is deeper at the sides. In our opinion, this makes it eminently suitable for shorter gardens who are still looking for a large storage area or a workshop to carry out leisure or business activities.
The roof itself, whilst aligned differently, still carries out the vital apex roof function of carrying water away from the interior. It also adds headroom, and in this particular case it’s a lot of headroom. The ridge height is 2.54m and the eaves height is 1.95m, which is nearly six and a half feet. The overall width of the shed is 4.24m and the overall depth is 2.44m, showing the effect of the reverse apex.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were pleased to see that tough tongue and groove cladding was used not only for the walls, but also for the floor and roof (upon which it’s covered by mineral felt which we feel should be tough enough to resist years of rain and snow). At 12mm thick it creates a durable and reliable substrate, and the overall stability of the building is aided by the heavy duty 34 X 34mm frame.
If you’re planning on installing heavy machinery then you may want to think about strengthening the floor, but otherwise it should be more than adequate. One thing we particularly liked about the floor was that it’s supported by pressure treated joists that lift it away from the potential threat of ground moisture.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
The tongue and groove cladding not only creates a stable structure, because it fits together so well, it’s also very effective at stopping water penetration. This is enhanced by the fact that it’s been pressure treated to force wood preserver deep into its fibres. We are always pleased to see this, especially as on this occasion it means that there is no requirement for the customer to treat the shed themselves (although we always recommend inspecting it on an annual basis anyway). What we were even more pleased about is the 15 year guarantee against rot. That’s as long as any guarantees that we see on timber garden buildings, and is a sign of how effective the pressure treatment is as well as a reflection on the quality of components used.
Doors and Windows
A single hinged door provides the entranceway to the shed, and we were glad to see that it looked strong and was fully braced. It’s height of 1.80m is very accommodating, so there’s no need to duck down when walking in or out, and its width of 0.89m is as wide as any single door we’ve seen on the wooden sheds we review.
There are two windows, and because they are large they allow a lot of natural light to enter the interior, which we feel is important if it’s to be used as a workshop. It was good to see that they both feature toughened and shatter-resistant glass, and also that they both can be opened and then fixed into position. This makes the act of supplying ventilation simplicity itself, and is one reason why the interior feels so pleasant.
We are sometimes surprised to find that large and relatively expensive sheds and workshops sometimes come without any locking system at all. That’s why we were happy to see that this shed came with a key operated locking system. We feel that this gives added security when compared to a padlock system, although we would still recommend adding an alarm if you plan to store machinery or valuable tools and equipment inside.
Whilst a slatted roof can be added as an optional extra, we feel that the standard roof does a more than reasonable job, and at a price of over four hundred pounds it’s not the greatest value extra. Much more affordable is the professional installation system, available for £179.
This means that the shed is installed at the same time it’s delivered, which we know will be welcomed by many customers who have busy work or family lives and for whom time is always at a premium.
The thick tongue and groove cladding locks effortlessly together, and its uses across the building as a whole shows a welcome attention to quality.
Longevity Of materials
The 15 year warranty period shows how much confidence the manufacturer has in their shed’s durability, helped by the highly effective pressure treatment used on the cladding and joists.
The extra height provided by the reverse apex roof creates a very large interior. Optional shelving units can help the customer make the most of this space.
Ease of installation
We were pleased to see that all fixtures and fittings are included, along with clear instructions, but the size alone means that this can take two people around six to eight hours to install.
It’s not the cheapest shed we’ve reviewed of a similar size, and yet it’s features and quality still make it good value, particularly when its guaranteed durability is considered.
Final Thoughts: The reverse apex roof combines the practical advantages of rain repellency and added height, with a changed orientation that makes it a great choice for many shorter gardens. We found a lot to like about it, with the only possible negatives being its price and the fact that it comes unpainted. If your budget stretches to it, and you don’t mind having to paint or stain the wood to protect it from UV, then this can make a very useful addition to your garden. It’s so large that it can easily be used as a workshop, whether for a hobby or even a home business. With a secure lock included as standard as well, you won’t have to worry about the possibility of a break in, particularly if an alarm is added.
Prices around: £1199
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