Shed Type, Roof Size
The first thing we noticed about this utility shed is its colour scheme. With green walls and cream door, it looks both attractive and functional. Its compact footprint means that it can fit almost anywhere that there’s a flat area of concrete, so it can be used on everything from the patio outside a caravan to a balcony.
We would have preferred to see an apex or pent roof rather than the flat one here provided, as it may need rain or snow sweeping away from the surface from time to time. It does, however, give the owner a truer indication of how much space they have inside, so that every inch is available for storage. The height of the roof is 1.78m, and the shed’s outer dimensions are a width of 2.33m and a depth of 0.82m, not including the overhang. These are the measurements you’ll need to keep in mind when planning where to position the shed.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were pleased that the cladding had been subjected to hot dipped galvanisation, as this brings two advantages to a lightweight shed. Firstly, the base steel is made tougher and more resistant, and we could feel the effect of this from the good stability once the shed had been assembled. Secondly, the bonding of zinc to steel prevents water penetrating and causing rust. The coats of paint applied also enhance this weatherproofing, and we found the paint to be well and evenly applied, and to be knock resistant.
No floor is included, which is to be expected in a small metal shed as they are designed to be affixed onto a concrete surface. Unlike many other sheds we review in this price range, however, there was no anchor kit included as standard. This means that the owner has to purchase a set of Hilti screws, or one of the two foundation kits on offer, to assemble the shed.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
Being a metal shed there is no further treatment required by the owner, other than cleaning or hosing it from time to time to discourage algal growth. Thanks to the effectiveness of the galvanisation process a 10 year guarantee against damage caused by rust is provided by the manufacturer. Although not as long as some of the warranties that we see on similarly priced metal sheds, this still gives reassurance over the quality and resilience of the cladding used.
Doors and Windows
We liked the look of this shed’s single door, creating a contrast with the green cladding around it, but that wasn’t all that we found pleasing about it. With a height of 1.73m, and a width of 0.65, it provided easy access into the shed without having to stoop. This is especially important if carrying a load at the same time, cutting down the risk of strains. We were also pleased by the strong hinges on the door and that a pad bolt had been included to keep the door fixed in a shit position. There are no windows in this shed, but this is in common with most small utility sheds we review.
Security and Privacy
If you’re concerned about shed security, and it certainly makes sense to be, then you’ll be glad to hear that a padlock is easy to fit, thanks to the holed pad bolt that comes as standard. The window free design is also an aid to overall security, keeping prying eyes away from whatever is stored inside.
Customisation Options and Extras
There are three optional extras that are available at the time of purchase, and all of them relate to the shed’s flooring. If you’re working to a strict budget then we recommend the purchase of the Hilti screw set. They are rust resistant and make it easy to screw down your shed. This means that you need a pre-existing area of level concrete, but because of the small base area most people will already have somewhere suitable.
Alternatively, a steel foundation kit can be purchased or a timber floor kit. These both make it easy to create a suitable and stable base for the shed even if none currently exists, and the letter allows you to lay down a wooden floor that’s slightly elevated and therefore protected from ground moisture. If purchasing the timber floor kit be aware that the timber itself will need to be purchase separately.
For such a reasonable priced shed, we were impressed by the quality of components used, and by the attractive painted finish.
Longevity Of materials 8/10
The lifespan of the materials is enhanced by the hot dipped galvanisation of the cladding, but the flat roof may potentially be a weak point. Even so, the 10 year warranty is reassuring.
The width of the shed is impressive, and despite its shallowness, the height also creates more space than you might think at first sight.
Ease of installation 9.5/10
You and a friend will be able to put this together in approximately four hours, as the instructions were simple to follow.
The initial cost of the shed represents very good value for money, but the necessity of adding one of the three flooring optional extras adds to the overall cost.
Final Thoughts: We liked the versatility offered by this utility shed, and it’s high quality components mean that it’s fabricated to last. The long width of the frontage mean that it’s easy to fit longer items inside, so it could be used as a bicycle shed, for instance, with the addition of a padlock. The flat roof isn’t the best option when it comes to weather resistance, but it keeps costs down, and we were surprised by how roomy it felt once inside. No anchor kit is included, which would have made this even better value, but it should still be considered by people looking for a small, low cost shed that is well constructed.
Prices around: £209.99
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