Shed type and Roof Size
The workshop benefits from an apex roof which is known for its exceptional weatherproof benefits. It doesn’t just protect the building from weather damage however; its shape also adds extra interior height. This is great news if you tend to spend a lot of your time having to duck to get into buildings. It has an eaves height of 1.53m and a roof height of 2.31m.
The roof itself is created with an 8mm solid sheet board for added stability. It also comes with a sand felt roof. Other dimensions to be aware of include 4.51m in depth, 9’11 in width and the door measures 1.33m in width and 1.78m in height.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
Created with overlap cladding, this isn’t the strongest workshop available from Waltons. However, it is adequate enough to store basic gardening equipment. Provided you treat it with a high quality preservative it does provide great reliability and durability. You will also find this type of cladding is easy to install as the panels simply overlap; just like they do on a garden fence. It is the cheapest type of cladding used by manufacturers which means that the price is reflected by this.
It is worth keeping in mind that overlap cladding is more prone to warping if the building is installed in a sunny area. You also won’t be able to install shelving as the frame simply isn’t strong enough. The framing measures 28mm x 28mm and the floor is constructed with a 10mm solid sheet board. Bearers are included to ensure the floor is kept away from the ground, helping to prevent water damage as well as rot.
Treatment Requirement and Warranty
The workshop comes with a 10 year anti-rot guarantee, but it is subject to various terms and conditions. One of these conditions is the fact that you will need to treat the building with a spirit based treatment before or after construction, then yearly thereafter. However, not all spirit treatments need to be reapplied each year. We recommend checking the instructions provided by the manufacturer to see how frequently it needs to be used.
The only problem with using a spirit treatment on the building is that they don’t come in many different colour variations. So if you aren’t a fan of the unpainted design, you would need to use a spirit treatment followed by a coloured water based treatment. The colour won’t come out as well as it would if you only used the water treatment so this is something you need to be aware of.
Doors and Windows
There are eight windows on this large workshop and each has been coated with 2.5mm styrene. This means they not only provide a large amount of light into the building, but they are also 100% shatterproof. So if you have children you won’t need to worry about potential breakages.
There are two large doors providing entry to the workshop. They provide extremely easy access to the building, allowing you to install large machinery and store large items with ease.
Security and Privacy
This isn’t the most secure workshop in the Waltons range. Therefore we recommend you either invest in a strong locking system or you place it in an area that is fully secure way from public view. As there are plenty of windows, the workshop doesn’t provide any privacy. So we advise against storing anything of value unless you improve the overall security of the building.
Customisation Options and Extras
One thing we like about Waltons windowed buildings is that they usually give you the option to choose which side you want to assemble them on. This means you can install the windows on either the left or the right hand side depending upon which is most private. It also means you have flexibility on which side of the garden to build the workshop. This small customisation option is really useful.
The only other customisation option you have is to upgrade the floor. Included in the price you do receive a free floor support kit. This is great as it boosts the strength of the floor, making it suitable to hold slightly heavier items. However, we recommend upgrading to the extra strength support pack. This is the strongest support available and it significantly increases the floor’s strength; ensuring you can store heavy equipment and machinery.
Along with these customisation options, there are also a few worthwhile extras you might want to consider. The one that stands out to us is the 49mm padlock, built with a thermoplastic weatherproof jacket. It also comes with a hasp and staple so you can be sure the building will be fully secure.
The other extras aren’t really essential in our opinion. Waltons also provide a free Golden Brown treatment so there is no need to buy additional treatments unless you want a different colour.
This large workshop boasts a fantastic quality, though we wouldn’t expect anything less from this highly regarded manufacturer.
Longevity of Materials 8.2/10
Providing you follow the treatment instructions, the building is under warranty to last at least 10 years against rot. It is able to withstand general levels of wear and tear too.
This workshop provides you with a massive amount of space, ensuring you can work comfortably and store particularly large machinery.
Ease of Installation 7.5/10
As you’d expect from such a large building, putting it together will take time. The panels will also be tricky to put together by yourself so it is essential you have at least 2 people assembling it. Apart from the amount of time it takes, the installation itself is straightforward.
We think this is an extremely well-priced building. Taking into consideration the size and quality of the workshop, you are getting excellent value for money.
Final Thoughts: This is one of the best quality and affordable workshops of this size that we have reviewed. The only thing letting it down for us is the weak floor and the fact it doesn’t come with a lock. Whilst Waltons do provide a free floor upgrade, we still feel the extra strength support pack is an essential upgrade if you plan on keeping anything heavy in the building. Overall it provides a great amount of space and plenty of natural lighting. Providing you are willing to spend more money on necessary upgrades, this is a durable building that will last for many years to come.
Prices around: £749.95
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