Shed Type, Roof Size
This large scale pent shed has a lot going for it, not all of it apparent at first sight. We were immediately struck by its traditional styling but you have to get close up to appreciate just how smooth and strong the cladding is. At this size, especially with a more than plentiful supply of light and air being provided by the windows, we feel it would be eminently suited for use as a workshop as well as a place to while away time and look out at your garden.
A pent roof has been utilised to great effect. It doesn’t have the ostentation that an apex roof has and it creates a more uniform space inside, but it still has enough of a pitch to carry rain and snow away. The peak height is 1.99m and the eaves height is 1.75m which most people will find adequate. The overall width of the shed is 2.44m and the overall depth is a well sized 4.28m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
The cladding was the feature we liked most about this shed. We’re used to seeing tongue and groove cladding used on the larger sheds we review, but in this case a superior type of PAR cladding has been used. This means that its 12mm thickness, very much a standard dimension, acts as tough as 16mm cladding would normally do. The planed all round cladding is also supported by a frame that’s thicker than usual, at 44 X 44mm. The overall effect is a very stable shed, even in windy conditions.
Whilst it was good to see that the same PAR tongue and groove cladding had been used for the floor, we were less pleased to find that it came without floor joists. Floor bearers are available as an optional extra, but in our opinion these are an essential purchase as it’s vital that timber floors are elevated above ground level.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
We have no doubt that this shed offers very good water resistance, and should therefore have a good natural defence against rot, so we were especially disappointed to see that there was no extended warranty given to follow on from the statutory one year warranty. In part this is down to the lack of an initial preservative treatment, which is something we would certainly have expected in a shed of this price. It means that the customer themselves has to treat the shed immediately after installation, and thereafter on a yearly basis. With a building of this size, that can involve considerable time and expense.
Doors and Windows
For a single hinged door we were pleasantly surprised at how much room it afforded, thanks to its height of 1.75m and its width of 0.76m. If you need even more space, however, there is an option to upgrade to a double door with a five foot width for £56.99.
There are six windows supplied as standard, which is more than we’re used to seeing and ensures that the interior is very well illuminated during daylight hours. They are all made of horticultural glass, which we were pleased to see as it’s much tougher than standard glazing and therefore less likely to shatter. We were also pleased to see that whilst four of them are fixed windows, two are opening which means that they can be used for ventilation purposes.
Whilst the toughness of the horticultural glass can itself be counted as a security feature, the feature we liked most of all was the key operated lock. It looks neater and more professional than a standard padlock that we typically see on sheds, and this can make opportune thieves think again when deciding whether to attempt to break in or not.
We were pleased to find so many ways to customise the shed, from changing the position of the door to changing another fixed window into an opening window, as it allows the customer to create a shed that truly meets their needs. One example of this is the option to have fully boarded sides with no windows at all. This is ideal for people who want to create a very secure environment where people are unable to tell if anything valuable is being kept inside.
We mentioned earlier the set of floor bearers. They perform such an important role in preventing the occurrence of rot that we feel they should have been included as part of the standard package, but instead the customer will have to pay an extra £70.99 for them.
The components used on this shed are of the highest quality, such as the PAR tongue and groove cladding, and the heavy duty frame featuring chamfered corners.
Longevity Of materials 8/10
The cladding itself has the potential to be very durable, but this has been compromised by the lack of an initial preservative treatment. It’s imperative therefore that the customer keeps to the treatment schedul
This is a large shed, and unlike some that we see the height is also generous creating a very flexible storage space.
Ease of installation 8.5/10
With a friend’s assistance you can expect to install this shed in around six hours. If you’d rather have it installed by a professional team, however, it’s available as another optional extra for a price of £309.99.
We were very impressed with the build quality of this shed, and yet there are sheds of a similar size available for less money that also come with longer warranties.
Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a large and attractive pent shed for your garden, and have the budget to afford this one, then it’s certainly worthy of consideration. Yes there are missing elements we would have liked to see included, namely floor joists, a preservative treatment and an extended warranty, but it does include some very welcome features. We like the use of PAR cladding across all the shed, and we also think it’s good that the customer can choose whether they want to have windows in their shed or not at no extra cost, allowing it to be used as either a workshop or a secure storage facility.
Prices around: £1309.99
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