This is an unpainted, good value overlap wooden bike shed. It has been constructed specifically to address the bulky, awkward shape of bicycles, offering a good amount of width to easily get them in and out of the building. While it can also be used as a general storage shed for gardening essentials, we would point out that it isn’t recommended for anything heavy. This is because of its solid sheet floor. Whilst it’s certainly not overly flimsy, the solid sheet board isn’t designed to hold heavyweight tools or equipment.
- Roo f height – 1.72m
- Eaves height – 1.33m
- Door height – 1.32m
- Door width – 1.56m
- Depth – 0.80m
- Width – 2.01m
The roof and eaves height are pretty tall, but it’s the width of the doors that really set this bike shed apart. Their ultra-wide design makes it a breeze to get your bicycles in and out without any awkwardness. You’ll find most bike sheds feature double doors, but they very rarely measure as wide as the ones on this building.
One thing that some customers have reported is that the dimensions of the building aren’t exactly as advertised. Waltons state this measures 7’ x 3’, but when constructed you may find it is a little smaller than this. In particular, the front width appears to measure 6’ x 7”. So this could pose problems depending upon the size of the bicycles and garden equipment you may want to keep in the shed.
The overall depth and width of the shed is very compact, so it should fit comfortably into even small gardens.
Roof and Floor
Both the roof and the floor feature the same 8mm thick solid sheet materials. Usually this would be something we’d highlight as a potential issue. However, if you are planning on using the building purely to store your family’s bikes, you will find it provides more than enough strength to safely hold them. We would suggest upgrading to a tougher floor however, if you plan on storing heavy equipment.
One thing we like about the design of this bike shed is that it comes with an apex roof. This feature helps to ensure you have plenty of space to store taller bicycles. However, it’s the water resistance benefits that really make all of the difference. Rainfall doesn’t collect on the roof, so you won’t need to worry about rot or any other damp related problems.
Cladding and Frame
Like all value sheds in the Waltons range, this building is constructed with overlap cladding. A popular choice with manufacturers, overlap benefits from a strong and reliable design and it is easy to put together. The only thing we’d point out with this style of cladding is that compared to stronger types, this is more prone to warping. So if you’re planning on erecting it in a very sunny, hot part of the garden, you will need to take great care to ensure it is fully treated. There is no expansion gap within the construction so if any changes do occur due to temperature or perspiration, the structure could end up becoming damaged.
Be advised that although the picture shows gardening equipment clearly hung from the interior walls, we wouldn’t recommend doing this. Overlap cladding isn’t strong enough to hold the weight of interior shelving or hooks. It may appear fine in the short term, but there is a high chance it will lead to damage over time.
A 28mm x 28mm frame is used to support the shed, which is more than adequate. This is a common thickness used with most sheds, regardless of the type of cladding they use. However, as the overlap is fairly thin, you’ll find this frame provides a fantastic level of support; helping to ensure it stays rigid even in strong winds.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
A 10 year guarantee against rot is provided with the shed, though there are terms and conditions you need to follow in order to be able to benefit. The main one is its treatment requirements. Now all wooden sheds do require some form of treatment. What you need to know about overlap buildings such as this one, is they require the strictest level of treatments out of all the other cladding types. This means they definitely need to be treated annually.
Regarding the type of treatment you should use, we would recommend a spirit treatment. Although more expensive than water treatments, these do offer a much better level of coverage. They work deep down inside the timber for a start, rather than just sitting on the surface of the shed walls. It is worth highlighting that water based treatments do offer a good amount of weather-resistance, but they don’t last as long or provide the same deep level of protection that spirit ones do.
Doors and Windows
Although this is a small building, its double doors have been constructed with an extra-wide design. So what it appears to lack in height it certainly makes up for in width. They have also been braced for extra support and have a popular ledge design. This means you can easily install a hasp and staple lock, helping to secure the building. In terms of style, they do appear to have a slightly lighter colouration than the rest of the building. So you may want to consider using a coloured treatment, or adding a layer or two of shed paint to give it a more aesthetically pleasing design.
As with all bike sheds, this one doesn’t have any windows. This is largely due to the security of the building. Obviously bicycles are at a higher risk of being stolen than general gardening equipment. So to avoid temptation for potential thieves, the windowless design ensures your bikes are kept well out of sight.
Security and Privacy
Like all bike sheds, this one has been built with both security and privacy in mind. It comes fitted with a bolt so you can keep it locked whilst not in use. One thing we did notice however is that the lock’s fixtures aren’t overly sturdy. A determined thief could easily just unscrew it. Now this isn’t generally a problem if you live in a relatively crime-free, good area. However, for peace of mind you may want to upgrade the bolt to a better quality model. This wouldn’t be expensive and it will give you significantly more peace of mind.
When storing bicycles, privacy is going to be important to you. Therefore you’ll like the fact this comes without windows. If the contents of the shed can’t be seen. There’s less temptation for thieves to break in. It also gives the building a more solid design.
Customisation Options and Extras
You are given the opportunity to customise the floor, roof and exterior walls of the shed. We’re happy to say however that only one of these customisations is required. This is the treatment options available.
As highlighted earlier, you do need to treat overlap clad sheds once a year. Sometimes Waltons throw in a free treatment, but with this bike shed they don’t. However, they do have a pretty impressive selection of treatments you can add before checkout and many of them allow you to alter the look of the building. Coloured treatments such as the Evergreen and Golden Brown varieties in the Barrettine range, help to add personalisation to the shed. So if you’re not a lower of the unpainted, natural wooden finish, these treatments will be really useful.
The superior roofing felt could be another useful upgrade, but we don’t feel it’s essential. The heavy duty felt already protects the roof for many years so if you want to save money there’s no need to invest in the superior duty felt. However, this fibreglass felt is worth purchasing if you want to really get the most from the building. It’s also available in olive green or charcoal colours so you have the opportunity to alter the appearance of the roof, as well as the exterior walls.
Finally the extra floor support upgrade is something we tend to recommend with most solid sheet floor buildings. However, if you’re using the shed to store bicycles as it is intended, you don’t really need to add strength to the floor as it can easily accommodate lightweight items. Saying that, the extra strength support pack isn’t expensive so like the superior felt, this would be a good option if you want to make it as durable and reliable as possible.
A weatherproof padlock measuring 49mm and protected with a Thermoplastic weatherproof jacket is also available as an extra. However, as mentioned earlier, the bolt that comes with the shed could potentially be easily unscrewed. Even this high quality padlock would prove useless if a thief came along with a screwdriver! So we would recommend upgrading the bolt before investing in this great double locking padlock.
It may be built with the cheapest type of cladding, but this bike shed is head and shoulders above a lot of other similar sheds out there. Waltons have put a lot of effort into making this a practical, useful and attractive building.
Longevity Of Materials 7.5/10
As long as you follow our treatment advice, you should find this shed lasts at least 10 years. The fact it does definitely require annual treatments is the only slight disadvantage.
Being a bike shed, this isn’t going to give you a massive amount of storage space. However, it is sufficient enough to store a family of four’s bicycles with no problem. Its extra-wide doors also make storage a breeze; ensuring you can get the bikes in and out without worrying about their awkward shape.
Ease Of Installation 10/10
It’s rare we give a building 10/10 for ease of installation so this is definitely a highlight of this shed. All of the instructions provided are very easy to read and understand, whilst the lightweight design of the shed makes it pretty quick to install too.
If it wasn’t for the annual treatments, this would receive a 10/10 rating for value for money. It is one of the lowest priced bike sheds available, yet it benefits from an immaculate design and some pretty noteworthy features.
Final Thoughts: All in all we love this affordable overlap apex bike shed. We’re actually surprised by its low cost considering some of the great features it comes with. The ultra-wide double doors, apex height, 10 year anti-rot warranty and pad bolt included all help to make this a great value shed. Just remember that if you want to use it as anything other than a bike or lightweight storage shed, you will need to upgrade its floor. It’s an attractive looking shed, though we like that you also have the option to customise its appearance by adding a different coloured treatment.
Prices around: £179.95
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