Shed Type, Roof Size
Upon first glance, this metal shed had two features which stood out. The first was the wide frontage in comparison with the shallow depth, which makes it ideal for storing objects such as bicycles or even a motorbike thanks to the fire resistant nature of the metal used in the shed. The second noticeable feature was the pent roof, which is ideal for a storage shed as it forces rainwater to slide away while giving a more uniform capacity than an apex shed.
At its peak height, this shed measures 1.74m while the lower end of the pent roof is at 1.6m. Like the walls of the shed it is constructed from galvanised steel with a zinc plating, making it tough and weather resistant. The overall dimensions of the shed, which will need to be considered when selecting a suitable area for the base, are a width of 2.38m and a depth of 1.19m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were pleased to see that steel cladding has been used throughout the shed, with a thickness of 0.35mm. This means that it is lightweight yet still durable. The steel itself has been galvanised which adds toughness as well as enhancing its rust resistance. After this the metal has been zinc plated, which as a non-ferrous coating again provides protection against rust.
There is no floor with this shed, so the instructions give advice on how to find, or create, a suitable footing. An anchor base kit is included as standard, however, making it easy to fix the frame of the shed to a suitably level surface.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
It is good to see that Yardmaster have backed up their confidence in the longevity of this shed by providing a ten year guarantee of this shed. There is no retreatment required for this warranty, which will be welcome news for people who have previously been used to wooden sheds, and so it should look and perform just as well in a decade as it does on the day of its installation.
Doors and Windows
A keen gardener will want to access their shed several times during a typical day, so we were disappointed that the doors were not a little taller. With a height of 1.55m we really had to stoop to enter when entering this shed, and headroom was also a little cramped inside, although we accept that this shed is designed for storage rather than spending time in.
We found the width of the double doors, on the other hand, to be very accommodating. They open to a width of 1.02m, which is easily enough to get most garden tools and equipment through. Because the sliding doors are fitted internally, they also gain extra protection from the elements and intruders. There are no windows in this shed, but the opening of the doors floods the interior with natural light.
Security and Privacy
Whilst we were happy to see that the door handles were holed in preparation for a padlock, it was disappointed that there was no padlock included or available as an optional extra when purchasing the shed. They are, however, easy to pick up from other sources at little expense.
The lack of windows improves both security and privacy, so it’s something that we always welcome in sheds such as this that are predominantly designed with storage in mind.
Customisation Options and Extras
All the fixtures and fittings needed are included within the anchor base kit, making it easy to achieve a concrete floor. We would also have liked to see a timber floor kit available however, as consumers who prefer wooden flooring will have to purchase not only suitably sized wooden boarding but also joist to elevate the timber floor above ground level in order to prevent rising moisture.
Two optional extras that are included, however, can prove very useful. These are the tool tray on wheels, and a portable storage unit featuring four shelves. Both these items help to prevent clutter taking over the shed, making it quicker to find the tool you’re looking for.
The three levels to this substrate show the high quality and attention to detail. First there is the galvanised steel itself, which is then zinc plated, and finally covered in a layer of clear plastic resin.
Longevity Of materials 9/10
Some metal sheds have even longer guarantees against rust, but we were still impressed by the ten year warranty that this manufacturer provides, particularly considering the price tag.
We found both the width of the shed and the sliding doors to be positive factors, although the depth and height put this in the mid capacity ran.
Ease of installation 8/10
Between two of us, we constructed this shed in four hours from start to finish, using a pre-existing concrete base. If you haven’t installed a shed before, however, you will need to be especially methodical when following the instructions as there are similar looking parts that need to be positioned differently.
We found this shed to represent very good value for money, as it is well fabricated, and should also be stable and durable.
Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a shed to use as a storage facility for your garden, yet want one that is long lasting and easy to maintain, then this has a lot to recommend it. Despite its zinc colour, it’s quite attractive and because of its relatively compact size it won’t detract from the appearance of your garden. It’s designed not only with storage in mind, but also to be extremely weather resistant. This is evident from the rain repelling pent roof right down to the rust free screws used to secure the shed to a concrete base. We would recommend improving the security by adding a padlock, but this still provides excellent value for money for a shed of this capacity.
Prices around: £164.99
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