Shed Type, Roof Size
This apex roofed metal storage shed has a wide frontage, which unlike some other metal sheds we review, is complemented by a more than adequate depth. This creates a generous storage space for the price tag of under three hundred pounds. As well as storing garden tools and equipment, it could also be used to store bicycles or even motorbikes thanks to the non-combustible nature of the metal cladding
Whilst this isn’t the shortest shed that we’ve seen for this kind of surface area, the ridge and eaves are still lower than many we review. We were pleased, therefore, that it features an apex roof that can add a necessary extra few inches as well as channeling water away. At its peak the roof height is 2.03m, while the eaves height is 1.65m. When choosing an area on which to site the shed you’ll need to keep in mind its outer dimensions, which are a width of 2.61m and a depth of 1.82m, both measurements are inclusive of the overhang.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were pleased to see that the cladding on this shed was both lightweight enough to make handling during construction easy, although be warned that the metal edges can be sharp so always wear gloves during this process, and yet strong and stable when erected. This is because of the superior galvanisation process used during fabrication, which not only provides effective protection against rain it also creates a more resilient and tougher metal.
No flooring is provided, so you’ll either need to use a pre-existing area of concrete or patio or take advantage of the optional steel fabrication kit. Remember that the area chosen for the base must be completely level to ensure stability.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
Because the galvanised exterior is so good at keeping rain out, with water simply bouncing or running off the zinc plated surface, we would normally expect it to remain resistant to rust damage for more than a decade. That’s why we feel Store More could have provided a warranty against rust perforations that lasted for more than a decade, although this still gives the customer added peace of mind. Of course, as it’s made completely from metal there’s no need to worry about having to carry out any annual treatments on this shed.
Doors and Windows
We were pleased to see that the double sliding doors are fitted internally. While they aren’t the thickest doors we’ve seen, they are offered extra protection by their internal siting as it means that they can’t be gripped onto and then simply be lifted off of their runners. The width of the doors is 1.10m, while the door height is 1.59m which means that most people will have to stoop down when using the entranceway.
One of the features we liked best about this shed is that it features a built in entrance and exit ramp. It felt strong underfoot and will make it much easier to transport heavy goods in and out.
There are no windows on this shed, as we’ve come to expect on metal sheds at this kind of price, but the internal atmosphere is helped by the inclusion of vents on the gables. This not only makes it more pleasant to walk into the shed, particularly during hot weather, it can also help to combat condensation, which is always something that metal sheds are prone to.
Security and Privacy
Whilst the lack of windows prevents natural light from getting in, except when the doors are open, we welcome it as a security feature. Shed thieves traditionally like to ‘stake out’ potential targets by walking past and seeing how valuable its contents are. With no windows this problem is negated, so it’s less likely to be selected by intruders. If anything of value is stored inside, however, we strongly recommend the purchase of a padlock. The handles are holed and ready to accept one, although the padlock itself isn’t included.
Customisation Options and Extras
We were happy to see that a steel foundation kit is available as an optional extra, even though it comes with a price tag of £75. It means that people who don’t currently have a suitably sized area of flat concrete can still enjoy the benefits that this shed can bring. The easily constructed steel frame can be used to create a perfectly sized concrete base which the shed can then be anchored onto.
One other extra which we feel is ideal for this shed is a Bull Picador Green Wheelbarrow. It’s well made, and can be used in conjunction with the ramp to carry heavy items such as soil or cement into or out of the shed.
Store More are renowned for offering good value and inexpensive sheds, but we found here that this doesn’t mean that there’s any compromise on quality. From the paintwork to the cladding, there was good attention to detail.
Longevity Of materials
The apex roof and galvanised cladding both help diminish the likelihood of rust taking hold, although a slightly thicker cladding would have helped this even more.
Whilst the depth and width both facilitate the storage of a lot of items, and the wide doors and ramp make it easy to get them into the shed, the relatively low height impacts on the overall storage volume.
Ease of installation
We found the instructions that came with this shed comprehensive yet easy to follow. You and a friend can expect to fully install this shed in between four to six hours.
Adding the foundation kit will significantly add to the initial cost, but if you already have a level concrete surface and therefore only require the standard flat pack kit it represents good value for money.
Final Thoughts: A wide fronted shed such as this one offers a lot of storage opportunities, particularly with the integrated ramp. We found that there’s more than enough room for a large selection of garden tools and equipment, and during inclement weather it could even be used to safely store bicycles or a motorbike. Weather protection is one of the stand out features of this shed, from rain bouncing off of the apex roof to the hot dipped galvanised cladding that stops water from penetrating the interior. With ventilation provided via the gables as well, it’s a good choice for storing goods that could be adversely affected by moisture or temperature extremes.
Prices around: £299
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