Shed Type, Roof Size
This apex roof metal shed is based upon classic dimensions that make it ideal for a small or medium garden that requires a little extra storage space. The first thing we noticed was the paint scheme, green for the walls and cream for the door, gable and roof. It not only looks attractive, it was tough and well applied, which was a good indicator of the quality we would find throughout the shed as a whole.
The apex itself is quite shallow, but is enough to see rain and snow slide away. Because the shed below it is quite tall relative to its compact base, it isn’t as much in need of the extra inches that a pronounced apex can bring as some sheds are. The ridge height is 1.93m, and the eaves height is 1.78m. The external width of the shed is 1.71m, and the external depth is 1.13m; these are also the minimum dimensions that will need to be used when selecting an area to use as the base for the shed.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
When reviewing small metal sheds such as this we sometimes find that lightweight cladding can lead to a lack of stability, particularly in windy conditions. Whilst the cladding thickness of 0.3mm is thinner than that used by some other manufacturer’s, it is still slightly thicker than the cladding used on some sheds manufactured by Shed Baron. The hot dipped galvanisation process, in which the base steel is bonded with zinc, increases both the water resistance and the toughness of the cladding, so that once constructed it felt secure and surprisingly stable.
We would have liked to see an anchor kit included as standard, as is often the case with other metal sheds, but this is instead sold as an optional extra. To use the kit, the owner will need to have a level area, preferably of concrete but alternatively a flat patio or paving area will do, matching the shed’s outer dimensions.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
We know that the warranty period can be a prime consideration for buyers of metal sheds, after all it gives them peace of mind that the beautiful shed they first install won’t be disfigured by rust in a few years’ time. That’s why it was good to see that the manufacturer have supplied a 20 year warranty covering perforations resulting from rust. This is at the very top end of warranties that we see, and twice as long as many that are offered. No treatment is necessary on the part of the customer, giving substantial savings on time and money when compared to a traditional metal shed.
Doors and Windows
We found that the centrally placed single hinged door was strongly braced, which gives it added protection against people who would try to break in through it. It was also wider than many single doors we find when reviewing sheds of a similar size, with a width of 0.67m. When you also consider the door height of 1.73m, you can see why it was so easy to move goods to and from this shed.
There are no windows in this shed, which as its made of metal could potentially lead to heat building up and adversely affecting the contents of the shed. Thankfully, the vented gables let a plentiful supply of air in, making it a safer environment for your goods, and for you to move around in. Despite the lack of natural light, we never felt the almost claustrophobic atmosphere that some other metal sheds can engender.
Security and Privacy
Security is always important for a garden shed, but the fact that this shed has no windows and a strong braced door make it difficult for intruders to get inside. The window free walls also mean that the good inside escape unwanted attention, which itself can help to deter opportune thieves who are looking for an easy target that will bring them a sure return. Although no padlock is included, the door’s pad bolt is holed to accept one.
Customisation Options and Extras
There are three flooring options available with this shed, but far from being optional at least one of them will have to be chosen. The cheapest and simplest option is an anchor kit comprising Hilti screws that can be used to affix the body of the shed to a concrete floor. For a little more outlay, you can choose from a steel base kit or a timber floor support kit. This allows you to create a slightly raised surface on which a timber floor can then be installed.
We felt that the components supplied were all of very high quality, but even though the galvanisation helped, the cladding itself could have been a little thicker.
Longevity Of materials
The manufacturer obviously has a lot of confidence in the durability of their shed, giving a 20 year warranty against perforations caused by rust, and after reviewing it so do we.
This isn’t the widest or deepest shed, but its storage capacity is helped by the high eaves and apex roof.
Ease of installation
Between two of us, we installed this shed in under three hours, and found the instructions easy to follow. If you’re not used to installing sheds, however, be careful because many parts look similar.
For a shed with a decent storage capacity that’s guaranteed to be free from rust damage for more than 20 years, the price of £229.99 is very reasonable. The final price will be higher, however, because of the necessity to buy an anchor kit or floor kit as well.
Final Thoughts: Shed Baron make a wide range of metal sheds with compact bases, all manufactured to the high standards that they’re famous for. We particularly liked this one because of its higher roof, and the hinged door which felt strong and sturdy in our hands. It also looks good thanks to a good quality green and cream paint scheme, so if you’ve never bought a metal shed before this is certainly one that’s worthy of consideration. Whilst the need to by a set of screws or a flooring kit does create additional expense, we feel that this is more than offset by the inclusion of a lengthy 20 year warranty.
Prices around: £229.99
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