Building Type and Measurements
- Ridge height – 7’2”
- Eaves height – 5’3”
- Door height – 5’5”
- Door width – 3’2”
- Depth including overhang – 5’1”
- Width including overhang – 7’7”
This Windsor Modular Shiplap Windowless Shed is a compact storage facility for all of those gardening essentials. Its double doors have a fantastically wide design, ensuring you can easily get your most awkward, bulky equipment into the building with ease. Though it is fairly compact in depth, it does benefit from a spacious width. The apex roof gives the interior height a real boost, making it one of the tallest buildings of this size available on the market.
Roof and Floor
A solid sheet floor and roof is included which isn’t overly surprising, but it would have been nice to at least have seen a stronger floor added. The trouble with solid sheet is that although it helps to keep the purchase price down, it isn’t very sturdy. So even storing medium weight equipment could pose concerns. You have two options if you want to store heavier tools or equipment. The first is to add a stronger wooden sheet. Though this will require a little DIY skill, it isn’t overly difficult to do. Or you could choose to simply not install the floor and instead use a concrete base as the floor. This would mean you could store whatever you like.
Like so many modern sheds, this one comes with an apex style roof which is well known for its height benefits. This shed is fairly compact in terms of interior space. So the fact it has extra height is a benefit. It means you can easily and comfortably store larger, taller equipment, as well as walk around without fear of banging your head.
Cladding, Frame and Treatment Requirements
The rigid, strong build of this shed is credited to the high quality 12mm Shiplap tongue and groove cladding. Used for its incredible weather-resistant qualities, this style of cladding is the longest lasting and most expensive style of cladding used on garden sheds. Both the Shiplap and the tongue in groove aspects of the construction bring numerous benefits.
With tongue and groove, the panels are easier to install and they form a tight wind and waterproof barrier. The boards interlock, yet leave a slight gap which allows for any warping that may occur throughout the year. The Shiplap design adds an extra weatherproof benefit thanks to the ingenious groove running between the panels. This little groove catches rainfall and sends it away from the shed. So there is a lesser risk of rot and fungus developing. Inside the shed a 28mm x 28mm frame holds up this sturdy structure, keeping it stable all year round.
Like with so many of their sheds, the manufacturer adds a free tub of treatment with this model. Though Shiplap clad sheds are typically more resistant to all kinds of weather, they still require treatments. Before being delivered, a dip treatment is added to the timber. It is advised that you top up this treatment within 3 months of installation. After that you will need to maintain annual treatments. The good news is that with regular maintenance you will benefit from the shed’s 10 year anti-rot guarantee.
Doors and Windows
What surprises us about this shed is the fact it comes with a modular design. As it doesn’t have any windows, the only real benefit you get from this design is the fact that it is easier to put together. It does come with pretty wide double doors which is always an advantage. It means you can store practically anything regardless of its width. However, whilst they may provide excellent and easy access into the shed, they do suffer from cost saving measures. For example, turn buttons rather than a pad bolt or hasp and staple are used. They also aren’t braced so they aren’t as stable and secure as they could be.
Security and Privacy
The shed comes with excellent privacy but way too little security for this price bracket. However, it isn’t going to cost much to add a high level of security; it’s more an inconvenience than anything else. For example, the turn buttons on the doors are not pad-lockable. Therefore if you do plan on securing the building with a padlock, you would need to invest in a full alarm security kit such as the Yale kit that you can find on the Shed Store site. This includes a hasp and staple as well as an alarm padlock.
Customisation Options and Extras
Technically, none of the customisation options offered with this shed are required. The most useful is the different tubs of treatment available. Shed Store offer four different colours and each has been created to be fully safe to use around both pets and plants. The reason these aren’t classed as essential is because the manufacturer already supplies a tub of treatment free with the shed. So the only reason you’d really need one of these extra ones is if you choose to go with a different colour.
The DIY Assembly Assistance Kit could be seen as useful if you don’t already have DIY tools. You will need some tools to put this building together. What’s great about this high quality tool kit is that all of the tools can be used again in future. There’s everything you could possibly need for assembling a building including essentials such as a hammer, saw and brushes, to useful extras such as safety goggles.
If you really don’t like the idea of self-assembling the shed, there is a Garden Building Installation Service. We do feel this would be a waste of money as this model is created with ease of installation in mind. It isn’t difficult to put together and it shouldn’t take too long either.
Exterior wise, this shed benefits from an outstanding quality design. It is weather resistant, stylish and incredibly tough. However, solid sheet materials on the interior do lower the quality slightly. This can be improved, but it will cost a little more and require some DIY skills.
Longevity Of materials 8/10
The shed comes with a 10 year anti rot warranty so you know with annual treatments it will last at least a decade. However, the roofing felt and the solid sheet materials obviously aren’t as durable as the thick exterior cladding. So you may want to make a few improvements to benefit from maximum longevity.
This is a more compact storage shed that would suit those who don’t have a lot of equipment to store. This does make it suitable for small gardens, but you do need to be aware that it isn’t going to fit really large equipment or machinery.
Ease of installation 9/10
Overall this shed is one of the easiest to put together. Instructions are provided and its size and windowless design mean it isn’t going to be a very time consuming task. However, as with most sheds, installing the roof may be a little harder. Therefore we recommend having help from at least one person.
Though you are getting very good value from this shed, there are other models out there that can easily compete. Saying that, we like that a free treatment is provided and the walls have been treated before being shipped.
Final Thoughts: The traditional apex Windsor Shiplap Windowless shed is a tough little building with a surprising level of storage space. Thick outer cladding ensures that the shed is protected from harsh weather though it does require annual treatments to maintain its high level of protection. The wide double doors are the highlight of the building, offering substantial space to manoeuvre even the bulkiest equipment in or out of the shed. With no windows, privacy is something you won’t need to worry about, though you will need to add some security to the shed if you plan on storing anything of value.
Prices around: £349.99
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