Shed Type and Roof Size
This is a small sized wooden tongue and groove storage shed, ideal for storing all of those gardening essentials. With a gentle apex roof, the shed benefits from a natural, rainwater proof design, completed with a heavy duty mineral felt covering. This cover not only helps to stop the roof getting damaged over time by water, but it also prevents damage from debris that may get blown onto the building in high winds. It is made from 9mm solid sheet board which you should find strong enough to accommodate the unpredictable weather that the UK is f
amous for. However, for added reassurance you may want to add extra roof joists to ensure its stability.
Whilst this is one of the smallest sheds in the Waltons collection, it does benefit from fantastic height which is also thanks to the apex roof. This height is added centrally inside the building, making it simple to store tall tools and outdoor equipment. From the floor to the eaves, the shed measures 1.67m in height, whereas the actual roof measures 2.03m high. To highlight just how compact this building is, it comes with a 1.24m depth and a 1.82m width. Double doors are included and they measure a fantastic 1m wide and 1.65m tall.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
A lot of effort has been placed into ensuring this shed has a very strong, tough build. A large part of this sturdy design is the 12mm Shiplap tongue and groove cladding. This type of cladding is only ever used on the highest quality buildings. Offering a groove in each panel, rainwater is directed away from the structure, further improving its great rot-resistance. Tongue and groove construction also helps to ensure if the timber does warp because of moisture or heat changes throughout the year, it won’t cause the building to sag or crumble under the pressure. An expansion gap is in place to allow for subtle changes over the seasons.
As this is a compact shed, we are surprised to see the same 28mm x 28mm thick frame that is used in larger buildings. What this means is the shed benefits from an extremely strong interior. Every corner of the shed also comes with double framing which also greatly enhances the rigidity of the building.
An 11mm thick solid sheet floor is included. Depending on what you plan to store in the building, this should be adequate enough. However, included with the shed is a free standard floor support pack which will increase the floor’s strength to 28mm. We feel this is a great incentive from Waltons as it means you won’t have to pay for the extra strength support pack. Although if you are storing a heavy lawnmower for example, the extra strength pack will likely be needed.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
We would advise that you use a spirit based treatment as soon as you have constructed the shed. As it is created with Shiplap, you can use a water based treatment such as the one Waltons provide absolutely free. They could even be preferable if you want to add colour to the building as the spirit treatments don’t tend to come in many different colour options. However, the reason we recommend a spirit treatment is not only because of the increased level of protection they provide, but also because they often don’t require annual applications. It will depend upon the quality of the spirit treatment you buy, but some protect the building for longer than a water based treatment which will need to be applied annually.
It’s always reassuring when you get a warranty and Waltons don’t disappoint. This shed comes with a 10 year anti-rot guarantee. However, you do need to follow the terms and conditions set by the manufacturer; one of which is to make sure it is treated correctly.
Doors and Windows
One thing we are both surprised and impressed with is the width of the double doors. As it is such a small shed, the fact it even has double doors is a benefit within itself. However, they are a lot wider than the double doors found on larger buildings. So the amount of space you have to transfer your belongings into the building is incredible. They have also been braced for added strength and along with the ledge design, they are guaranteed not to sag.
The windowless feature is also great for security and unlike larger sheds, the lack of natural lighting won’t pose a problem.
Security and Privacy
This little shed is built to be both secure and private. However, the one thing we think could be improved is ideally it should come with a lock. Due to its low cost, we can forgive Waltons for only supplying a butterfly catch. This helps to keep the doors shut and it can even act as a secure mechanism to help keep out very small children. If security is something that you really need, you will need to buy a lock and install it yourself. This actually isn’t much of a problem as you can buy good quality locks at really low, affordable prices.
The privacy of the building is great. It doesn’t have windows so there’s no risk of your belongings being seen.
Customisation Options and Extras
There are a number of good quality extras you should think about investing in. As security could be an issue, the steel laminated, double locking 49mm weatherproof padlock with staple and hasp would be an important extra to take advantage of. It is an extremely good quality lock and best of all, it’s only £9.99.
The 4×6 Waltons Portabase is perhaps the highest recommended extra we’d suggest you invest in. It may look somewhat unexciting, but it plays a very important role in ensuring the shed is built on a level, solid surface. It’s easy to underestimate how important it is to construct the shed on a level base. What this Portabase does is improve the overall stability of the building, as well as lift it higher off the ground. Keeping it off the damp ground will help to lengthen its lifespan, preventing rot and other moisture related problems.
One extra we touched upon earlier is the extra strength support pack. Although Waltons do supply a free 28mm support pack, this extra strength variation basically gives you ultimate peace of mind. You can store whatever you want, regardless of how much it weighs.
Shelving kits are another useful addition, especially as this is a fairly small size shed. You have four sets to choose from including two 4ft sets, a 3ft and a 5ft set. These aren’t just ordinary standard shelves either. Created by Waltons, they have been put together with planed 16mm tongue and groove timber. Slotting together, most of the shelves have a two-tier design, though one of the 4ft sets does offer a triple shelf option.
Superior duty roofing felt is one of the other extras that can increase the shed’s longevity. It is worth noting that the heavy duty felt provided does provide a pretty impressive level of protection, though this superior fibreglass covering is a lot thicker and less likely to deteriorate as time goes on. An added benefit of the superior duty felt is that it is available in charcoal and olive green. So you can add a subtle change to the shed’s appearance if you want to.
We like the Shiplap tongue and groove cladding and the fact Waltons throw in a free floor support kit. It’s a great quality shed that offers convenience, affordability and practicality.
Longevity Of Materials 8/10
The Shiplap cladding will last for a very long time provided you treat it as instructed. The treatment requirements are the only reason we couldn’t give this a full 10/10 rating.
Obviously being a small building, you are limited to what you can store. Even with the floor support pack provided, it also isn’t suitable for very heavy equipment. However, you can upgrade and it will be suitable for general garden storage requirements.
Ease Of Installation 10/10
We’re pleased to say this is a very easy shed to put together. Directions provided are clear and easy to understand, whilst the panels aren’t overly heavy either. As it is small in size, it should only take a few hours to construct.
If you’re looking for a high quality shed that won’t break the bank, this is an excellent choice. Not only is it affordable to buy, but it’s also cheap to maintain too. The features you receive with the building also ensure you are getting pretty amazing value for money.
Final Thoughts: We like that this compact storage shed offers something slightly different from the rest. This may be a small size shed but it boasts some pretty big, impressive features. Whilst the security could be improved, it does offer a very private place to store equipment and expensive tools. We were particularly happy with the slightly thicker framing and strong braced doors. What it lacks in size, it certainly makes up for in strength. If its value for money you’re looking for, this could just be the shed for you. Waltons even provide a free tub of treatment and standard floor support pack.
Prices around: £259.95
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