8′ x 5′ Shed Baron Grandale Eight Metal Shed

Prices Around: £284.99
Size: 2.44 X 1.52m
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This is the largest metal shed in the Shed Baron Grandale range, and yet allowing with the versatility that a large storage area naturally gives it also offers excellent value for money. Quite simply if you want a medium to large garden shed that will last and last without you having to do anything to it, then this has to be worthy of consideration. It even looks good, thanks to its contrasting dark green and cream colour scheme.

Once assembled, which admittedly took longer than we expected thanks to the instructions which were not the clearest we’ve seen, it forms a very sturdy unit in which to store mowers, garden tools, or even motorcycles. If you do plan to store anything of particular value inside, however, you’ll need to buy a good quality padlock and alarm, as these aren’t included in the standard package.

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The apex roof is just one of the features that are designed to keep water and rust at bay. The main defence against the elements is provided by the high tensile hot dipped galvanised cladding, which is so effective against rust that the manufacturer’s can offer a 20 year warranty against perforation damage resulting from rust.

What we rate

  • Long 20 year warranty against rust damage
  • Entrance and exit ramp
  • Optional shelving units and windows
  • Integral ventilation
  • Good value for generous storage capacity

What we slate

  • Padlock not included
  • Anchor kit must be purchase separately
How We Rate It
9
Quality 9.5/10
95% Complete
Longevity Of materials 10/10
100% Complete
Storage size 9/10
90% Complete
Ease of installation 8/10
80% Complete
Value for money 9.5/10
95% Complete

Let's Take a Closer Look...

Shed Type, Roof Size

When we review metal sheds we sometimes find that the depth and width are let down by a too restricted roof height, but that certainly doesn’t apply on this occasion. It’s an excellent shed for people who are looking to boost their storage options, but still want to keep to a tight budget. There’s also no need to compromise on appearance, as this shed looks attractive thanks to three well painted coats that add to the shed’s weather protection.

The apex also protects against rain, with rain simply bouncing off the surface and safely away. At its peak the apex measures 1.98m, and the eaves height, which is all important when it comes to maximising the storage space, is 1.78m. The overall width of the shed is 2.44m and the overall depth is 1.52m, so this represents the minimum space you’ll need when choosing a concrete area to act as the base.

Cladding, Frame and Floor

We were initially concerned that the cladding felt a little light and thin for a relatively well sized shed such as this, but we needn’t have worried. When the metal plates were constructed and assembled with the frame, which is approximately twice as thick as the cladding, the shed felt remarkably strong and sturdy.

No floor is provided as standard, and there is also no anchor kit which is a pity. There are however two flooring options which allow the owner to build a suitable concrete base if one isn’t already available, or to install a wooden floor.

Treatment Requirements and Warranty

Because the cladding, roof and gable are all made from high grade hot dipped galvanised steel, the building as a whole is very resistant to water and is therefore much less likely to suffer from rust. One indication of this is the 20 year warranty provided against perforation from rust, a warranty that we really appreciated as it’s twice as long as some that we find on metal sheds we review. With no timber components, unless a wooden floor is added, there are no treatment requirements to worry about.

Doors and Windows

We liked the look of the double sliding doors, their cream matching that on the roof and gable, and also the smooth sliding operation that runs along rails sited internally. The door width is 1.04m and the door height is 1.70m, both of which are generous when compared to many other metal sheds. It means that there is no problem moving goods to and from the shed, and we found the entry and exit ramp strong underfoot and a welcome addition.

There is no window as standard, although the ventilated gables help to stop the interior from becoming too stuffy. There is, however, the option to add either a sliding window, skylight, or both. If these options are taken up, this shed could easily be transformed into a workshop.

Security and Privacy

Whilst we were pleased to see that window options were available, we also feel that the standard windowless design can add to the overall security of the shed, as does the internal setting of the doors, both factors which make it harder to gain unauthorised access. Of course, these measures will only be effective if used in conjunction with a padlock, bought separately, which can be fitted into the pre-holed handles.

Customisation Options and Extras

We always like to see optional extras available, and the first choice of extras concerns the base. If a level concrete area is already available then simply buy the Hilti screw and drill bit set. Alternatively, the steel foundation kit can be used to construct a suitable concrete base, and the timber floor kit makes it easy to install a wooden floor. Do note, however, that the timber itself will need to be purchase separately and you’ll also need a damp proof membrane.

There is also the choice, mentioned earlier, of adding a skylight or sliding window. We were pleased to find that these were made of tough styrene rather than standard glazing, giving a tough and shatter resistant finish.

Finally, the customer can choose to add either rear or corner shelving units. This does involve drilling holes in the cladding but it’s tough enough to withstand that. If you want to make the most of your space, then we’d recommend purchasing one or more shelves.

So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Quality 9.5/10
95% Complete
The cladding was tougher and more stable than it first appeared, and the pristine paintwork is another indication of the high quality of this shed inside and out.
Longevity Of materials 10/10
100% Complete
We feel that twenty years is a generous warranty period for a metal shed, yet it may last even longer without damaging rust appearing.
Storage size 9/10
90% Complete
This is one of the largest metal sheds that we review in this price range, and the apex roof and option to add shelving all add to the storage capability.
Ease of installation 8/10
80% Complete
There are lots of constituent parts to this shed, but the instructions can sometimes be a little confusing as they refer to different sheds within the same range. Expect you and a friend to take at least six hours putting this shed together.
Value for money 9.5/10
95% Complete
We were very impressed by the value for money offered by this shed, and the only negative on this point was the necessity to buy either a set of screws or a flooring kit at the same time as buying the shed.
9
Overall Score
Final Thoughts: It’s not often that we find a shed that has such a large storage volume available at under three hundred pounds. Adding to this value is the 20 year warranty against rust damage, which also gives the owner peace of mind especially when winter draws near. There are a host of features that we like, but one of the most useful and ingenious is the full width entrance and exit ramp. It makes it easy to use a wheelbarrow or trolley, and if an optional window is added we can easily imagine this building being used as a small scale warehouse or workshop facility.

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