Shed Type, Roof Size
We were very impressed by the size of this shed, as it’s not until you step inside that you appreciate both the volume and therefore the sheer versatility of it. It could easily be used to store a full range of garden equipment, and because of the secure nature of this structure it could even be used as a home office with computer equipment kept inside. It features interlocking cladding and a tall apex roof, both of which help to keep the shed warm and dry inside, whatever the weather. Made from European softwood, it’s also good to know that a sustainable source of timber has been used.
The roof itself is made of 12mm thick tongue and groove boards, which in turn are covered by strong roofing felt that showed no sign of tearing during installation. At its highest point the roof is 2.46m, with an eaves height of 1.73m. The overall dimensions of the shed, measured at the base, are 3.05m width and 4.88m depth.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
This is one of the larger sheds that we’ve reviewed, and the biggest in this manufacturer’s range, so we took special notice of the cladding and frame used as this is essential to the overall stability of such an imposing structure. The frame itself was 44 X 44m, and the cladding used on the walls, roof, and floor was 12mm thick tongue and groove. This was a good combination, as it felt as reassuringly solid as you’d expect at this price.
Because this shed may well be used to store heavy machinery, it’s imperative that the floor has a good load bearing capacity. When walking upon it we found that it felt strong and resilient, and this is helped by the tongue and groove cladding and integrated floor joists. These joists are pressure treated and ensure that ground moisture is kept out and that there is a good flow of air underneath the shed.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
The slightly darkened nature of the wood we noted when inspecting the shed was evidently a sign of the thoroughness of the preservative treatment used during manufacture. All of the timbers have been placed into a vacuum chamber where they have preservative forced into them through the use of pressure. Because this creates such long lasting protection, Shed-Plus have been able to supply a 15 year warranty against rot. Unlike some other sheds there is no requirement for retreatment in order to keep this valid, although it always makes sense to add extra treatments down the years if the shed shows signs of requiring it.
Doors and Windows
We would have liked to see double doors on a shed of this cost, although there are others in the Champion range that offer that feature if needed. Having said that, the door itself was wider than many other single doors, with a width of 0.90m and a height of 1.80m. The door itself is fully braced and made of the same smooth tongue and groove boarding as the body of the shed.
There are two windows centrally positioned on a side panel. This central positioning was important, as we found that it allowed natural light to illuminate the full length of the shed during daylight hours. The windows can also be opened and then fastened into place, creating a more pleasant atmosphere to work in.
Security and Privacy
The windows of a shed can potentially be a security weakness, so we were pleased to see that toughened safety glass had been used on this occasion. This can help to deter would be burglars, especially as the shed security is also enhanced by the lock and key system that comes as standard. With no padlock to force, this creates a very secure access point and we found it a very welcome feature.
Customisation Options and Extras
We installed this shed using a team of two people, and even though we are experienced in shed installation and found the instructions easy to follow it still took a considerable amount of time that we spread across two days. If you’d like a quicker installation then you can take advantage of the manufacturer’s approved installation service. It means that you can relax while professional installers do all the hard work for you.
Every workshop needs a workbench, and when you have a beautiful shed such as this you may well want a workbench that’s a perfect match. Thankfully that’s available as an optional extra at a cost of £159.99. Tool-Plus tool racks and a stand alone shelving unit can also be added to enhance the storage facilities.
We were impressed by the smooth apex roof, but it is a style that’s uniform across the Champion range. If you’re looking for a roof with a different style then you can purchase a slatted roof as an optional extra, although this does add £599 to the price.
We found that all the components supplied were of the highest quality, from the smooth and knot free cladding to the tough fixtures and fittings.
Longevity Of materials
A shed of this size provides a lot of potential for water ingress, but because the tongue and groove cladding is so well machined there is no opportunity for water to get in.
This shed is so large that it could be considered for either home or business purposes, yet it still managed to look attractive rather than obtrusive.
Ease of installation
The dimensions of this shed will be enough to put many people off attempting to install it themselves, although we were pleased to find that the instructions supplied were straight forward.
This shed is a very versatile garden building, and there is no denying the quality of materials used. Nevertheless, it will be outside of the budget of many people, particularly if they want to add optional extras.
Final Thoughts: A large shed like this isn’t a purchase to take lightly, but it adds an extra workspace to your property and by doing so could have a positive effect on the value of your home as a whole. We found it a pleasant place to spend time thanks to the natural light, ventilation, and generous headroom. For this reason, we can recommend it as a workshop. The secure lock and key system is an important feature in the fight against shed crime, and extra reassurance can be taken from the excellent waterproof qualities that this shed has, backed up by a 15 year warranty. We recommend painting or staining the timber, but annual preservative retreatment is not specifically required by the warranty.
Prices around: £1749
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