Shed Type, Roof Size
We sometimes find that corrugated metal sheds can look a little too obtrusive, but that certainly wasn’t the case here. The green and cream paintwork is attractive and blends in nicely with a garden background. For that reason it’s a good choice for people who want the ease of use that comes with a metal shed but still like traditional designs.
The apex roof added much needed height, as well as carrying out its function of rolling water away rather than letting it sit on the surface. Even so, while the ridge height is 1.89m the eaves height is 1.63m. This in itself needn’t be a problem, as long as you’re not planning on storing very tall items or spending a lot of time in the shed yourself. The overall width of the shed is 2.02m and the overall depth is 2.17, giving an adequate base area for most small gardens.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
When reviewing metal sheds in this price range we often discover that although stable when assembled the cladding seems lightweight. We were pleased to find that on this occasion the cladding was a little thicker and a little heavier than we are used to. The core steel has gone through a hot dipped galvanisation process, in which zinc is bonded to it. This gives it good strength and toughness, and also helps prevent the formation of rust.
The feature we liked most about this shed was the floor support kit. It’s a frame that is easily installed and then allows you to install a wooden floor upon it. The kit creates a slightly elevated platform upon which the floor will sit, and this is very important as it stops moisture in the ground from causing the wood to become damp and eventually rotten. Whilst no timber is included with the kit this can be bought inexpensively by using decking boards which are then cut to size.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
We like metal sheds that offer long guarantees against perforations caused by rust, as rust damage can ruin the appearance of not only the shed but the whole garden. We were pleased, therefore, that Yardmaster provide a 12 year warranty against this occurrence, which although not as long as some warranties we see is still two years longer than those given with many metal sheds. There is no need to carry out annual treatments unless a timber floor is installed, in which case we’d recommend using a good quality wood preserver on it on a yearly basis.
Doors and Windows
The width of the double sliding doors was very accommodating, but the height less so. The total width is 0.79m, and the height is 1.58m. One thing that we did like about the doors is that the sliding mechanism is fitted internally, which means that it’s given added protection against the elements and potential intruders. In operation, they felt smooth, sturdy and reliable. There are no windows in this shed, so an artificial light source may be necessary.
Security and Privacy
We were pleased to see that the door handles were holed and ready for a padlock to be fitted, although it’s a pity that no such padlock is included as standard. If you’re planning on storing items of value inside, therefore, we would advise purchasing a padlock and possibly an alarm at the same time as you buy the shed. The lack of windows mentioned above is a design feature which improves security and privacy by keeping prying eyes off of the tools and equipment inside.
Customisation Options and Extras
We always like to see a good quality shelving unit inside a storage shed, as it keeps them tidy and organised by allowing smaller items to be stored vertically. That’s why we would recommend the purchase of the optional resin coated shelving unit. Four strong shelves are included, and the overall dimensions of the unit are 0.76 X 0.51m. It’s not the most inexpensive addition, at £68.99, but it does make the storage space more versatile. Other optional extras available are a Tool-Plus tool rack on wheels, a water station, and a Picador wheelbarrow.
When we felt how heavy the cladding, which while still lightweight and easy to handle during assembly was heavier than most cladding in this price range, we knew that we had a high quality shed.
Longevity Of materials 9/10
Rust is the enemy of metal sheds, but the apex roof and galvanised cladding effectively stop the ingress of water and keep it away for at least 12 years.
The depth and width of this shed are reasonable, and we liked that the double sliding doors allowed easy access to the shed as a whole, but we would have liked a taller eaves height.
Ease of installation 9/10
Despite a large number of similar looking components, we found the instructions clear and easy to follow. If two of you are working on this, expect the installation process to take around four to five hours.
The addition of the floor support kit is a welcome feature to included as standard, and gives added value to an already well priced shed.
Final Thoughts: The attractive colour scheme of this shed was the first thing that caught our eye, but as we reviewed the shed we found that the high quality of the paintwork was symptomatic of the shed as a whole. From the high quality galvanised steel used on both the cladding and the roof, to the rust free screws supplied in the anchor kit, this is a low priced shed that hasn’t cut any corners. If you’re looking for a weatherproof facility to simply store and retrieve garden equipment, rather than anywhere to spend a considerable length of time in, then this shed is certainly worth considering.
Prices around: £279.99
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