Shed Type and Roof Size
This is a large, incredibly spacious workshop with plenty of natural lighting thanks to the styrene glazed windows. Walton’s have decided to stick to the traditional apex roof with this building which provides excellent protection against the elements. Rain water runs down the roof, directly onto the floor; rather than running down the timber. It is also covered with heavy duty mineral felt.
The roof is 2.25m high and the eaves measure 1.53m. The building has an overall width of 3.02m and a depth of 6.00m. The large double doors measure 1.33m in width and 1.78m in height.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
In order to keep the cost of the workshop down, overlap cladding has been used. This is an overall reliable and durable type of cladding, but it isn’t as strong as tongue and groove. The thing you have to remember with overlap cladding is that it will only provide adequate protection if it is treated. The actual design of the cladding is extremely similar to that which you find on fences. There are a couple of cons to be aware of with this construction. The first is that if you place the workshop in a sunny area, it will be more prone to warping. It also isn’t suitable for attaching shelving or hanging anything from the walls.
28mm x 28mm framing is used throughout the building and the floor is made up of solid sheet materials. The 10mm solid sheet board provides a sturdy structure, yet you may find it a little too flimsy to hold heavier items. There is the option to buy an Extra Strength floor support pack which will add excellent support, but it does come at a fairly high cost.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
As the workshop is made from overlap cladding, it is absolutely essential that you treat it once it has been assembled. A high quality treatment helps to seal the timber, creating a water resistant barrier. It is actually a requirement of the 10 year anti-rot guarantee that you use a treatment both when assembled and according to manufacturer instructions. The building has actually been pre water-treated to protect it whilst in transit. However, a spirit based treatment is needed to start the guarantee.
We recommend a spirit based treatment anyway as this penetrates into the wood, rather than just sitting on the top. This provides a much deeper water resistant barrier helping to lengthen the life of the building.
Doors and Windows
The sturdy double doors provide a wide entry space and they are fitted with a secure Pad bolt. They have a ledge design which is useful for attaching a hasp and staple. The diagonal timber across the inside of the door also helps to provide a more secure, stable design.
This workshop does benefit from having windows and you can choose whether you would like them on the left or the right hand side. They enable plenty of natural light to enter the building, reducing the need to have an electrical pack installed. However, if you do plan on working during the night or on dark winter days, we still recommend having an electrical pack fitted.
Security and Privacy
The workshop doesn’t offer much in terms of privacy. Due to the amount of windows it has, everyone can see into the building. This means you could be watched while you work and the contents of the workshop will constantly be on display. This can be problematic if you will be storing expensive machinery. One thing you could do is have small blinds fitted. Just make sure they are lightweight as the overlap cladding won’t support anything heavy.
Security wise if you discount the problems the windows may cause, it does come with a few useful features. The Pad bolt helps to keep children out of the building. You can also buy a weather-proof padlock for further security.
Customisation Options and Extras
The fact that you can choose whether you want the window panels on the left or the right hand side is pretty useful. It means you can assemble the workshop on either side of the garden. You are also given the option to customise the roofing felt. Included in the purchase cost is heavy duty sand felt. However, some people feel this isn’t strong enough so they have opted for the superior felt. This can be ordered in either charcoal or olive green colours. It is made from fiberglass and is very easy to install.
There are actually a good choice of upgrades and extras available for this workshop. The extra support floor pack is highly recommended. This is a large workshop and you will obviously want to make it as strong and secure as possible. If you spend the extra money on the support pack you will have maximum peace of mind that you can store anything in there with no problems. It is worth pointing out that Waltons do provide a free floor support pack, but it isn’t as sturdy as the extra support pack. So consider how heavy the products are that you will be storing before making your mind up about the type of floor you should invest in. Draper accessories, different types of treatments and a weather-proof lock are just some of the other extras you can buy.
There are no faults in the actual quality of the construction. It has a flawless finish and a sturdy design.
Longevity Of Materials 8.2/10
When you have treated the building, it will easily stand up to daily wear and tear as well as the unpredictable weather all year-round. Of course, it isn’t as durable as tongue and groove cladding, but it should still last a minimum of 10 years.
You definitely can’t complain there isn’t enough storage size here! The building is huge. Of course that also means that it isn’t going to fit in everybody’s garden. Always be sure to take note of full measurements before you buy.
Ease Of Installation 7.5/10
When you look at the size of this shed, it’s understandable to find the assembly a little daunting. Despite its huge size, the assembly isn’t too bad. The real challenge is handling the big panels. Their size makes them slightly heavier than the average workshop so you will need at least two people to build this model. It is also going to take you a long time so don’t expect to have it completed in a few hours.
Now the cost is pretty high, but the overlap cladding does bring the price down a little compared to other cladding types. You need to think about the amount of storage space you are getting. One of the reasons we couldn’t give this a higher rating is because you will need to invest in a few extras as well as regular treatments to get the most durability and strength out of the workshop.
Final Thoughts: You will struggle to find a larger workshop than this. It is simply huge and has plenty of space to store your machinery. Whilst it may not be created from Shiplap cladding or tongue and groove, this does make the price slightly more affordable. It still comes at a high cost however, but you have to think in terms of value for money. If security isn’t a major concern and you have the space available, this is a good model to choose.
Prices around: £949.95
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