Shed Type and Roof Size
This is a wooden, overlap storage shed which provides a decent amount of space to store gardening essentials. With an apex roof, it not only looks good, but it is naturally protected against the elements. Complete with a heavy duty felt covering, the shed is extremely weather-resistant. Another benefit of the apex design is the increased interior height. Centrally you will find that the shed provides more head space, making it easier to move around.
The roof is 1.96m tall, while the eaves are 1.58m tall. Other important measurements to take note of include the width at 1.48m and the depth at 2.13m. The single door also has a wide design, measuring 0.73m wide and 1.96m high.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
Overlap cladding tends to be the most popular construction for garden sheds. This is largely because it is cheaper and easier to use. It still manages to give the building a strong, durable finish, but it just isn’t as thick or durable as other cladding types. However, at 8mm thick, the overlap cladding on this shed is pretty good. It is important to note that you will need to treat the building in order to boost its longevity.
Like other sheds in the Waltons collection, this one comes with double framed corners and an overall framing of 28mm x 28mm. The floor consists of solid sheet board which may not be strong enough to handle larger, heavier items. To solve this problem you would have to spend additional money on an extra strength floor support pack. We recommend you do this anyway for complete peace of mind.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
It is really important to treat overlap sheds as soon as they have been assembled. We recommend a spirit based treatment which not only provides the best protection, but it also doesn’t always need to be applied annually. You will need to check the manufacturer’s instructions to see exactly how frequently the treatment should be reapplied.
Regarding the warranty, we like the fact it comes with a 10 year anti-rot guarantee. However, like any warranty there are terms and conditions attached. The main one is that it will not cover you unless you have applied a spirit based treatment after assembly. You also need to maintain the treatments in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Doors and Windows
The shed is supplied with a single ledge door. This means you can easily attach a hasp and staple. It also comes equipped with a turn button locking system. While this isn’t the most secure lock available, it does ensure that the doors stay shut and it should prevent small children from accessing the shed. There aren’t any windows so this is great if you’re hoping to keep the contents private.
Security and Privacy
We are a little disappointed with the security of the shed. While the windowless feature means you do benefit from excellent privacy, there isn’t much else included that will deter thieves. The turn button lock won’t keep out determined thieves so it is recommended that you invest in the 49mm weather-proof padlock. This actually comes with a hasp and staple which makes it good value for money.
Customisation Options and Extras
It’s great that you have the choice to customise parts of the shed. For example, you can choose to upgrade from the heavy duty felt that is included with the building, to a more superior duty felt. The difference is the heavy duty version features mineral felt, while the superior features fiberglass. This basically gives the roof an increased water barrier. It’s small change that can make a big difference to the durability of the roof.
Another more beneficial customisation option is to buy the extra strength floor support pack. We recommend this for all overlap sheds featuring a solid sheet floor. One of the main complaints people make when buying buildings that contain a solid sheet material floor is that it doesn’t feel very strong. The extra strength floor will drastically improve its stability, meaning you receive a much better peace of mind.
We were also impressed by the range of extras available with this shed. Out of all of them there are two that really stand out. These include the Waltons 7×5 Portabase and the Lean to Kit. The Portabase can be seen as a vital upgrade as it makes sure the building has a firm, secure base to be assembled on. This boosts its stability and durability over time. Helping to keep the shed raised away from the floor, there is no chance the wet ground will cause any damage such as rot. The Lean to kit can also give you increased storage space, while enhancing the aesthetic benefits of the shed. It provides a covered area at the side of the building where you can store a garden bin, weatherproof tools or a barbeque.
We wouldn’t expect anything less from Walton’s sheds as they are always built to the highest standards. 100% Quality is guaranteed with this shed.
Longevity Of Materials 7.9/10
Assuming you use regular annual treatments, the materials will last 10 years minimum which gives you excellent peace of mind.
While you can’t install shelving, there is still an excellent amount of space available for storage. The Lean to Kit also increases the space available as well as giving it a more attractive design.
Ease Of Installation 8/10
One of the main things we are impressed with is just how easy this shed is to install. It is a 2 people job but everything fits together perfectly and if you follow the instructions you should find it pretty easy to complete. It will take a few hours at least however because of the size of the shed.
Overall the shed provides great value for money. However, it may require some upgrades which will obviously cost more than you expected to pay. You also have to factor in the cost of yearly treatments.
Final Thoughts: Waltons have done well with this model and we are happy with the overall design. It does come with impressive features considering its low cost. One criticism we have is the lack of a proper lock. This means the shed isn’t very secure which can be a problem if it is exposed to potential thieves. On the whole though if you’re looking for a good value shed that offers good storage space, is easy to assemble and which is both reliable and durable, this is a good model to purchase.
Prices around: £229.99
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