Shed Type and Roof Size
This is a small, yet spacious wooden storage shed. Featuring a unique reverse apex design, it provides an attractive focal point in the garden. The apex roof drains rain water away from the building, down onto the floor. This helps to really protect the timber against damp and rot. The roof is also further protected by sand felt, with the option to upgrade to superior felt if you would prefer. The roof also adds central-based interior height which allows you to store taller products and equipment.
The roof measures 2.26m in height and the eaves measure 1.69m. The single door measures 0.73m wide and 1.73m high. It is also important to take into account the width and depth of the building, which is 8’0” and 1.82m respectively.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
It’s always great to review sheds that feature Shiplap tongue and groove cladding. It is known as the most superior type of cladding within the industry, which is why the cost is so high compared to overlap or standard tongue and groove sheds. The Shiplap measures 12mm, providing an extremely solid, hard to break into quality. It also benefits from tongue and groove construction which means it slots together a lot like laminate flooring. It also provides a useful expansion gap which will protect the structure of the shed if the timber expands due to moisture or temperature changes.
Like most sheds, this one has 28mm x 28mm framing. The corners are double framed for extra support which is a nice feature.
One of the only things we were slightly disappointed with was the floor. As the majority of the building uses Shiplap tongue and groove cladding, we would have liked to have seen this continued in the floor. However, instead you are provided with a 10mm solid sheet board. While most people may find this adequate enough to suit their needs, others will find it a little too flimsy. The good news is, you can upgrade the floor with the Extra Strength floor support pack. Of course, this will come at a higher cost but it is worth it in the long run.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
While Shiplap tongue and groove cladding is incredibly durable, it does need to be treated to ensure it is fully water-proof. It is also a requirement of the 10 year anti-rot warranty. To qualify for the warranty you need to apply a spirit based treatment. This is what we recommend for Shiplap cladding anyway as the treatment penetrates right into the timber, forming a much deeper barrier which results in increased longevity. The only thing that might put you off this type of treatment is the fact it doesn’t come in a huge selection of colours.
Doors and Windows
Unlike the majority of sheds, this reverse-apex model features a single door situated more towards the side of the building. This is to accommodate a window on the front and really gives the shed a unique, attractive appearance. The window opens out to help provide ventilation, as well as letting natural lighting into the building.
Security and Privacy
As the shed has a window, it doesn’t offer complete privacy. However, it does come with a pretty good lock. We don’t recommend storing anything valuable in the building, or if you do be sure to cover it up out of view. A 49mm padlock is available if you want to make the shed more secure.
Customisation Options and Extras
There aren’t many customisable options available, but in all honesty this shed is great just the way it is. You can choose to upgrade to superior felt instead of heavy duty felt and to an extra strength floor. As mentioned earlier, the solid sheet materials aren’t necessarily going to withstand the weight of heavy items. However, before you consider splashing out on the extra strength support pack, it is worth taking into account that Walton’s are providing a free floor support pack. This isn’t as strong as the upgrade, but it still provides a lot more stability than the solid sheet board.
In terms of extras, one of the most useful which we do recommend is the Waltons 6×8 Portabase. This is used to ensure the shed has a flat, solid foundation. Never use it as a substitute for the floor; it is designed to be used as a perfect base, helping to lift the shed further off the ground.
Other extras you might be interested in include draper accessories such as the Draper 14.4v Cordless rotary drill, numerous treatments and a 49mm weather-proof padlock with hasp and staple.
With a strong, durable construction we love the quality of this shed. It matches the quality we have come to know and love from this popular manufacturer.
Longevity Of Materials 8.2/10
The Shiplap tongue and groove cladding ensures this shed really withstands the test of time. The only thing that lets it down slightly is the fact you do need to treat it in order to ensure it is protected against damp and rot.
This may be a compact shed but it offers a good amount of storage space and the ability to store tall items. It will also fit in most gardens.
Ease Of Installation 7.5/10
The cladding is a little on the heavy side which does make the shed slightly more difficult to construct. The reverse-apex design also adds a higher level of difficulty. However, saying that the instructions are clear and easy to follow and the materials do slot together perfectly.
Thanks to its extra-strong build, this shed provides great value for money. The quality is superb and you are also benefitting from an attractive addition to the garden.
Final Thoughts: This is one of the most attractive compact sheds available from Waltons. It does have a few disadvantages such as a lack of privacy and security. Therefore it is highly advised that you don’t store anything valuable in the building. Overall if you’re looking for a small but impressive storage space then this is a great shed to invest in.
Prices around: £419.95
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