Shed Type, Roof Size
The first thing that we noticed, and that all passers by will notice, with this metal apex shed is the very attractive wood like appearance. Thanks to both its oak colouring and its shiplap cladding, this looks very different to the majority of sheds we review. Quite simply it’s one of the most attractive metal sheds that we’ve seen and for that reason it’s likely to appeal to those who have previously only owned wooden sheds.
The apex roof on top of the shed stops precipitation from sitting on the surface, a feature which becomes very useful in winter. It also adds extra height and therefore extra vertical storage space. We were very impressed with this aspect of the shed, as it has a ridge height of 2.15m and an eaves height of 1.83m, both in excess of those dimensions we normally find on sheds with similar base areas. The overall width here is 2.43m and the overall depth is 1.97m, which means you’ll need an area of level concrete of at least this size on which to secure the shed.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
Despite its sturdy wooden look, we found that the cladding itself was quite thin and light. Nevertheless, once assembled and fixed on to the frame it created a reassuringly sturdy structure. One reason for this is that the cladding is made of galvanised steel which gives added strength. The shiplap nature of the cladding not only looks visually appealing, which it undoubtedly does, it also stops water being able to reach the interior, whatever angle it blows in at. For this reason, although relatively rare, we think it’s an ideal design for metal sheds. There’s also no need to worry about lifting or positioning the panels themselves, as the assembly kit includes a pair of heavyweight gloves to protect hands against sharp edges.
As with all metal sheds we review there is no floor included, but we were pleased to see the inclusion of two value adding elements. Firstly, an anchor kit is supplied as standard which means that there is no need to purchase anything else if you want to affix the shed to a pre-existing concrete or paving base. Secondly, a floor support kit is also supplied. This creates a slightly elevated metal frame upon which timber can be installed. Because the platform is raised, there are less likely to be problems caused by ground moisture. Whilst the timber itself is not supplied this can be purchased relatively inexpensively, so we feel this is a good addition to the basic package.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
We were pleased to find that this shed comes with many features that will keep rainwater away, from the apex roof with its natural pitch to the galvanised cladding. That’s why we were surprised to see that the warranty given against rust perforations only lasts for 10 years, as we would expect it to last for much longer without rust damage appearing. There are no treatment requirements of course, unless a timber floor is installed in which case we would recommend adding wood preserver to the flooring on an annual basis.
Doors and Windows
The double sliding doors were another feature that really impressed us. Fitted internally, they are more difficult to gain unauthorised access to or to lift off the rails. They also look neater when in operation, which many will find an important consideration. What most impressed us, however, was their very accommodating dimensions. At 1.0m wide and 1.78m high it’s very easy to get even tall and wide objects through, and there’s certainly need to bend down when walking through the doors.
There are no windows, so you may want to install an artificial light source. Once inside, however, the shed has a pleasant atmosphere, thanks to the more than adequate ventilation.
Security and Privacy
With no windows, there’s also no way for anyone to know what’s kept in mind. We think this is an important and effective security feature, as most shed thefts are carried out by opportune criminals who’ve spotted something that they think can be sold on. We were disappointed that a padlock wasn’t included, as this is an essential security feature for today’s sheds, but at least the handles are holed to readily accept one.
Customisation Options and Extras
With so much vertical space available, it makes sense to use as much of this as possible. That’s why racking can come in so useful, and why we were glad to see that a stand alone and portable shelving unit is available as an optional extra. It’s not the cheapest purchase at £68.99 but it provides four resin coated shelves upon a strong base. Measuring 2’6 X 1’8 it also helps keep the interior organised and tidy, as does the Tool-Plus tool rack with wheels, another optional extra to consider.
With such an attractive facade, the high quality of this shed is apparent at first sight, and the components themselves don’t let it down.
Longevity Of materials 8/10
Whilst the shed feels very stable once assembled, we would have liked to see slightly thicker cladding as well as a longer warranty period against rust damage.
We liked the fact that this shed doesn’t compromise in any of its dimensions, meaning that even tall items can easily be stored and retrieved.
Ease of installation 8.5/10
There are a lot of individual pieces in this shed, so it’s important to read the instructions carefully. We were really pleased that a pair of gloves was included, a thoughtful touch that can make assembly a quicker and easier process. With a friend to help, you can expect to take between five and six hours on the installation.
For such a smart looking shed, well built and with the option to add a timber floor, this represents very good value for money, even though the warranty period could have been longer.
Final Thoughts: If you need more storage space in your garden, and are hoping to achieve a traditional rustic look without the need for annual treatments then this shed could be exactly what you’re looking for. It doesn’t just look good, it performs good as well. There’s a lot of storage space here, indeed the tall eaves means that you’ll be surprised just how much you can fit inside. The non-combustible nature of the metal and the wide sliding doors means that this could be a good choice for storing machinery or even motorcycles, although you would then of course need to add a padlock and an alarm.
Prices around: £369.95
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