Shed Type, Roof Size
We liked that this storage shed is uniformly silver, as it gives it a strikingly modern look that is perfect for a stylishly minimalist garden. It still performs a very traditional role, though, and it does it well by providing a durable storage space for a lawn mower, rake, hoe and more.
Featuring an apex roof, water is carried harmlessly away, so the contents of the shed will remain dry whatever the weather outside. One thing we would have liked to see, however, would have been taller roof and eaves heights, as this would have generated more storage space. The shed’s ridge height is 1.89m, and the eaves height is 1.63. When finding a place in which to site the shed, you’ll need to know the outer dimensions and these are a width of 2.02m and a depth of 2.37m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were pleased to see that the steel which makes up the cladding had been hot dipped galvanised. This allows it to be relatively thin, at 0.35mm, and lightweight, yet at the same time tough and durable. The result of this is that the shed is easy to install, thanks to the lightness of its components, yet it’s also stable when assembled and should be able to withstand storms and accidental knocks and impacts.
The features that impressed us most about this shed were the value adding flooring options. Firstly, the anchor kit is included with the shed so you won’t have to worry about buying screws and expansion bolts. Secondly, there is a also a floor support kit included. This takes the form of a metal grid upon which timber can be installed. This timber floor will then be elevated above ground level, protecting it from damp and moisture. The timber itself needs to be bought separately, but it’s good that the owner has the option of having a concrete or wooden floor.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
As with all metal sheds there are no treatment requirements, but if you do use the floor support kit to add a wooden floor you’ll then need to ensure that this timber is treated annually with a good quality wood preserver.
High quality galvanised cladding, such as we found on this shed, is very rust resistant, and this is also helped by the apex roof. That’s why we would have preferred to see a longer warranty given, although the manufacturer does guarantee that perforations won’t occur due to rust for at least 10 years.
Doors and Windows
One touch that we especially appreciated is that the double sliding doors are fitted internally. This means that they are much harder to remove and thereby gain unauthorised access to the shed. They travelled smoothly along the rails, and opened to a width of 0.79m. This makes it easy to get wider objects inside, for example bicycles. The height, however, was a restrictive 1.58m, so we really had to stoop down when going through the door.
There are no windows, but we were impressed by the ventilation provided across the centre of the frontage. This helps to alleviate condensation, as well as regulating the internal temperature and therefore protecting heat sensitive goods stored within.
Security and Privacy
Because the shed has a window free design, there is more chance of potential burglars being deterred from attempting to break in. It also means, of course, that there is one less access point for them to exploit. The handles are holed and ready for a padlock, but we would have liked to see the security improved by the inclusion of a padlock as standard.
Customisation Options and Extras
We always like to see shelving options for metal sheds, as it greatly increases the amount of tools or goods that can be stored inside as well as keeping the floor tidy and organised. That’s why we’re glad to see that there is the option to buy a shelving unit measuring 2’6 X 1’8. It has four strong shelves that are resin coated to prevent scuffs and scratches. The optional tool rack on wheels is another useful buy if you plan to use the shed as a base from which to carry out work in the garden.
Great attention had obviously been given to the little details of the shed, and because it was so well machined everything fitted together easily.
Longevity Of materials
The cladding on this metal shed is slightly thicker than some that we see in this price range, so we would expect the materials to outlast the 10 year warranty period provided.
The width and depth of this shed both tend towards the mid-size category, but the overall storage volume is let down a little by the short head height.
Ease of installation
Even though there were a lot of parts to assemble, we found the instructions clear and the shed easy to construct. With a friend, you can expect to have it installed in around five hours.
The inclusion of the floor support kit, as well as all the fixtures and fittings needed to anchor the shed, make this good value for money. A padlock is the only accessory that really needs to be added.
Final Thoughts: We liked the fact that this shed comes with everything needed in one flat pack box. That means that if you already have a suitably level area of concrete, you can install the shed and be using it within a matter of hours. If you like metal sheds to look metallic, then you’re sure to appreciate the silver coloured resin that the cladding has been coated with. The cladding itself was also impressive, and we were pleasantly surprised at how a relatively lightweight shed could feel so sturdy once it was assembled. Whether you’re looking to store garden tools or bicycles, this is a durable and good value choice.
Prices around: £269.99
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