Shed Type and Roof Size
This is a compact, windowless, wooden storage shed that benefits from an apex roof. You will notice the sharp upside down ‘V’ shape of the roof and it is this which helps to protect the building against rain water. As the rain falls onto the roof, it will naturally start to run down it, before dripping onto the floor. It doesn’t run straight down onto the timber so it provides great protection against rot and other damp-related problems. There’s also the additional benefit that the shape of the roof helps to give more central head space in the interior of the building; thus helping you to store tall items and move around more freely.
The eaves of the shed are 1.56m, while the roof height is 1.85m. In depth it measures 1.75m and in width 1.17m. Its single door measures 0.74m wide and 1.66m tall.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
In order to keep the cost low, Waltons have created this shed with Overlap cladding. However, this doesn’t mean the building suffers from a low quality. It may be the cheapest cladding used, but it still provides fantastic strength and security. With overlap cladding the panels of the shed are basically placed slightly over the top of each other, creating an ‘overlapping’ design. What this does is create a seal against rainwater. Just like with the apex roof, when water runs down the side of the shed, it runs away from the structure thanks to the claddings design.
The 28mm x 28mm frame adds great support for the shed, helping to strengthen the entire structure. However, when it comes to the floor we are disappointed to see that it is made up of a solid sheet board measuring 8mm thick. Typically you will find the solid sheet floor boards that come with most sheds measure at least 10mm thick. Even then the strength of the floor isn’t overly impressive. So the fact that this only measures 8mm may be a big problem for those looking to store potentially heavy items. You can upgrade to an extra strength floor support pack but this will push the price up. So you could end up spending more than you wanted to.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
As with all of Walton’s wooden sheds, this one does require treatments. The only difference between overlap cladding and other types is that this should be treated each year no matter whether you are using a water or spirit based treatment. This is because it isn’t as effective as tongue and groove or Shiplap, which means it can become damaged easier over time. Waltons have used a water based pre-treatment to help support the building during shipping. However, they still state that it will need to be treated prior to or once assembled; particularly if you want to benefit from the 10 year anti-rot guarantee. They also state that you should use a spirit based treatment as this provides a lot more protection against the elements.
Doors and Windows
As with most small sheds, this one features a single ledge door. However, it has been braced for added strength and is also secured with a turn button lock. This will ensure that even in high winds, the doors won’t blow open.
One of the advantages of the shed is the fact that it also comes with no windows. What this means is your stored possessions are kept completely privately. Nobody will be able to peer in and see what you are keeping inside.
Security and Privacy
Security wise the shed could use a few improvements. That being said, its strong design does limit the chances a thief will be able to break through the actual timber. The fact it only has a turn button lock is also an issue if you want to keep the building fully locked up. If you aren’t clued up on the different types of locks available, it’s easy to see the words ‘turn button lock’ and assume it locks up securely. However, a turn button lock is also more commonly known as a butterfly catch. Its sole purpose is to secure the doors without actually locking them. So it is useful to keep young children out and to prevent the doors from flying open when it’s windy, but it isn’t a thief deterrent.
What is a thief deterrent is the windowless design. Everything you store is fully out of view which decreases the temptation for opportunistic thieves.
Customisation Options and Extras
As the shed isn’t fully secure, we do recommend investing in an additional lock. You can add a 49mm padlock with staple and hasp to your order which can provide great security. Or you may prefer to choose a different type of lock from elsewhere.
A customisation option that you will want to seriously consider investing in is the extra strength floor support pack. While the 8mm thick solid sheet boards will efficiently hold the weight of light-medium weight items, it does have a very flimsy feel. Investing in the extra strength floor support pack may bump up the cost, but it will also give you total peace of mind.
Another customisation option that isn’t as essential is the superior duty felt. Included with the shed you receive heavy duty sand felt. This is really efficient at its job and is designed to protect the roof all year round. However, the superior duty felt is made from fiberglass and it provides an excellent level of advanced protection. You have a choice of charcoal or olive green colours too so that gives you the opportunity to alter the aesthetics of the shed if you want to.
The extra that we recommend the most however is the 6×4 Walton’s Portabase. This is created from high quality timber and it lifts the shed further off the floor, while providing a flat and sturdy surface to assemble it on. It isn’t to be confused with an actual floor however and you shouldn’t use it instead of the 8mm solid sheet boards. It also makes assembly that little bit easier which is always a big advantage.
Other extras available include treatments, draper accessories and a lean to kit. The latter is also a unique customisation option you should consider. It adds width onto the shed, providing a small, outdoor storage area. It is covered too which makes it a great place to store the barbeque, garden bins or weather-proof garden tools.
This is a high quality, flawlessly designed compact shed. It is built to last and offers an attractive appearance that will really enhance the garden area.
Longevity Of Materials 7.6/10
Out of similar wooden sheds we have reviewed, this one definitely rates as one of the best. Considering it is created with cheaper Overlap cladding, it still manages to provide a long-lasting, durable finish. However, this is only true if you treat it as recommended by Waltons.
There is plenty of space available for the average person to store all of their gardening essentials or even bicycles. The only thing we feel lets it down is that the overlap cladding isn’t strong enough to accommodate any shelving or to hang anything heavy from the walls.
Ease Of Installation 7.9/10
One thing we really like about this shed is the fact that it is really simple to assemble. It has received one of the highest ratings we have given for similar style sheds in this category which is great news if you aren’t exactly a DIY enthusiast.
As it needs to be annually treated as well as treated before or after installation, we couldn’t give this a higher rating. However, it does offer a good amount of space and excellent features considering its low initial cost.
Final Thoughts: As one of our highest rated compact sheds, we do recommend this model. It is small enough to fit comfortably in most gardens and offers a good deal of storage space that should suit the average family home. However, it is important to take the disadvantages into account before you buy. You will end up having to spend more money on the shed if you want to make it more secure and stable.
Prices around: £189.95
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