8′ x 6’6 Yardmaster 86SL Shiplap Metal Shed

Prices Around: £289.99
Size: 2.43 X 1.97m
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This metal shed has an appearance that’s sure to catch the eye, thanks to its zinc finish that works in combination with shiplap style cladding. In essence, it combines the traditional with the modern, bringing the benefits of both, and we were very impressed with its aesthetics. Don’t worry about its striking looks attracting the attention of shed thieves, because its window free design means that unauthorised eyes will have no way of knowing what’s stored inside.

Another important feature of any shed in the UK is the level of weather protection it offers. The apex roof, made up of two translucent panels, is the first defence against rain as it causes it to slide away rather than settling. Water is also kept out by the high quality galvanised cladding that made this shed feel surprisingly strong when constructed.

It was good to see an anchor kit included, but be warned that the flatpack kit as a whole does contain a lot of screws so the installation must be approached methodically. Once completed, this firms a versatile and accommodating garden storage space with a plentiful amount of headroom as well. The tall eaves and wide sliding doors make this ideal for any object, even if they’re tall or wide.

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What we rate

  • Tall eaves and doorway
  • Shiplap styling
  • Translucent roof panels
  • 12 year warranty against rust perforations
  • Anchor kit included

What we slate

  • No padlock included
  • Assembly can be time consuming
How We Rate It
8.5
Quality 9/10
90% Complete
Longevity Of materials 9/10
90% Complete
Storage size 8.5/10
85% Complete
Ease of installation 7.5/10
75% Complete
Value for money 9/10
90% Complete

Let's Take a Closer Look...

Shed Type, Roof Size

8' x 6'6 Yardmaster 86SL Shiplap Metal Shed Open DoorFrom the moment we completed the installation and saw the completed shed, its attractive design really stood out. The shiplap design is very effective at carrying water away, and it always looks striking on metal sheds. The effect was even more pronounced here on a shed that is proudly metallic silver rather than being painted green or brown.

We liked the fact that the apex roof added even more head room, an area in which this shed scores highly anyway, and that it features translucent panels. These help to keep costs down, but also help create a more pleasant, lighter, interior. The ridge height is 2.15m, which is over 7 feet tall, and the eaves height is 1.83m. The overall width of the shed is 2.43m and the overall depth is 1.97m, so you’ll need a base area of at least these dimensions.

Cladding, Frame and Floor

It was clear to us that the core steel of the cladding had been subjected to a high quality hot dipped galvanisation process. This is because although the cladding seemed relatively thin and light prior to construction, once assembled it was stable and felt very reassuring. We certainly wouldn’t be worried about this shed being adversely affected by strong winds.

No floor is included, with the emphasis instead being placed on the owner to find a level area of concrete. A patio or paving area can be a suitable alternative, as long as they are flat and in good condition. We were pleased to see that an anchor kit had been included, which isn’t always the case, and also that the screws supplied were themselves galvanised and therefore rust resistant.

Treatment Requirements and Warranty

As with all metal sheds we review, there is no treatment required by the owner other than routine cleaning to keep algae at bay. Despite this, there is a 12 year warranty provided by the manufacturer against the appearance of perforations caused by rust. We have seen longer warranties given, but this is still longer than many and is testament to the rain repellency of both the high quality cladding and the apex roof.

Doors and Windows

The double sliding doors featured on this shed are internally fitted, which we always like to see as it makes them harder to gain unauthorised access to as well as giving them added protection against accidental impacts. We were also impressed by their very accommodating width and height, measuring 1.01m and 1.78m respectively. These are both in excess of what we often find on metal sheds with this sort of base area, and it made a big difference when carrying bulky items inside.

There is no window in this shed, and yet we found the interior to be well illuminated during daylight hours. That’s the result of the translucent panels that make up the roof. Whilst allowing natural light in, it is somewhat shaded when compared to sunlight so this in itself prevents the early morning dazzle that could otherwise occur.

Security and Privacy

Because there are no windows, there is less chance that an opportune thief will target your shed on the off chance that something of value might be kept inside. We welcomed this security feature, but we would also like to see a padlock included as standard. The handles are holed, however, so if a padlock is bought it can easily be attached and this is something that we’d highly recommend.

Customisation Options and Extras

There are a range of optional extras that can be bought with this shed, including a wheelbarrow which is ideally suited to the wide sliding doors and a tool rack on wheels so that you can easily manoeuvre your garden tools in and out. The extra that we liked best, however, is the sturdy shelving unit. Every shed can benefit from racking, but this four shelf unit is ideal because it can be positioned wherever is most suitable to fit your layout. It has scratch resistant resin coated shelves, and measures 0.76 X 0.51m.

So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Quality 9/10
90% Complete
We found real attention to detail in every aspect of this shed. The translucent roof panels, for example, may be more cost effective than galvanised metal but they also let light flood in.
Longevity Of materials 9/10
90% Complete
We’ve seen metal sheds that have slightly thicker cladding, yet this felt stable when constructed and it’s guaranteed to resist rust perforations for at least a dozen years.
Storage size 8.5/10
85% Complete
One advantage this has over many 8 foot by 6 foot sheds is its tall eaves height. This means that you can fit much more in, as well as being able to stand up inside in comfort.
Ease of installation 7.5/10
75% Complete
We’d recommend reading the instructions twice before starting the installation, as there are lots of parts, and the instructions aren’t the clearest we’ve seen. Between two of us, we took six hours to install this shed.
Value for money 9/10
90% Complete
You get a lot of storage space for under three hundred pounds, and we liked both its look and quality of components.
8.5
Overall Score
Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a traditional style shed that offers something a little different, then this is worthy of your consideration. Shiplap cladding has been a hit in timber sheds for many decades, and it’s just as effective on a metal shed as well. Combined with the contemporary metallic appearance, this is a shed that you’ll be proud to have in your garden, and it’s very versatile too. The amount of light that the translucent roof panels admit mean that you’ll find it a pleasant space to spend time in, so you could even use it as a mini workshop as well as garden storage.

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