Shed Type and Roof Size
This is a wooden, overlap storage shed which provides a decent amount of space to store gardening essentials. With an apex roof, it not only looks good, but it is naturally protected against the elements. Complete with a heavy duty felt covering, the shed is extremely weather-resistant. Another benefit of the apex design is the increased interior height. Centrally you will find that the shed provides more head space, making it easier to move around.
The roof is 1.96m tall, while the eaves are 1.58m tall. Other important measurements to take note of include the width at 1.48m and the depth at 2.13m. The single door also has a wide design, measuring 0.73m wide and 1.96m high.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
Overlap cladding tends to be the most popular construction for garden sheds. This is largely because it is cheaper and easier to use. It still manages to give the building a strong, durable finish, but it just isn’t as thick or durable as other cladding types. However, at 8mm thick, the overlap cladding on this shed is pretty good. It is important to note that you will need to treat the building in order to boost its longevity.
Like other sheds in the Waltons collection, this one comes with double framed corners and an overall framing of 28mm x 28mm. The floor consists of solid sheet board which may not be strong enough to handle larger, heavier items. To solve this problem you would have to spend additional money on an extra strength floor support pack. We recommend you do this anyway for complete peace of mind.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
It is really important to treat overlap sheds as soon as they have been assembled. We recommend a spirit based treatment which not only provides the best protection, but it also doesn’t always need to be applied annually. You will need to check the manufacturer’s instructions to see exactly how frequently the treatment should be reapplied.
Regarding the warranty, we like the fact it comes with a 10 year anti-rot guarantee. However, like any warranty there are terms and conditions attached. The main one is that it will not cover you unless you have applied a spirit based treatment after assembly. You also need to maintain the treatments in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Doors and Windows
The shed is supplied with a single ledge door. This means you can easily attach a hasp and staple. It also comes equipped with a turn button locking system. While this isn’t the most secure lock available, it does ensure that the doors stay shut and it should prevent small children from accessing the shed. There aren’t any windows so this is great if you’re hoping to keep the contents private.
Security and Privacy
We are a little disappointed with the security of the shed. While the windowless feature means you do benefit from excellent privacy, there isn’t much else included that will deter thieves. The turn button lock won’t keep out determined thieves so it is recommended that you invest in the 49mm weather-proof padlock. This actually comes with a hasp and staple which makes it good value for money.
Customisation Options and Extras
Several upgrades are available for this shed and some can be seen as more important than others. For example, the superior duty felt upgrade can be useful, but it isn’t as important as the extra strength floor support pack. This is because the heavy duty felt included with the shed already provides adequate protection against all weathers. The solid sheet board for the floor however can be problematic if you plan on storing anything heavy. The extra strength floor support pack will give you great peace of mind, while also boosting the stability of the entire structure.
The 8×6 Walton’s Portabase is another important upgrade. We recommend no matter what shed you invest in, that you take advantage of the Portabase benefits. This is because in order to give the building maximum stability and durability, it needs to be built on an entirely even, dry surface. The Portabase not only provides that flat surface, but it also ensures the bottom of the shed doesn’t touch the ground. This means there is absolutely no chance it will become damaged over time by damp or rot.
An extra that is more of a novelty than something you actually need is the Lean to Kit. This is both an attractive and practical upgrade for the shed and it gives you a little bit more storage space. It provides a covered area that can be used to store your garden bin. Just keep in mind that it may be covered but it doesn’t protect anything you store there from the sides. So whatever you do place under the shelter will need to be resistant to harsh weather.
All of the materials used to create the shed have been chosen for their exceptional quality. It is the one thing Waltons never let us down on.
Longevity Of Materials 8/10
When annually treated, the building will effectively withstand light wear and tear and damage from the elements for 10 years at least. This is really good considering the low price of the shed compared to other buildings.
As well as giving you a good sized storage space, there is also the option to upgrade with the Lean to Kit to provide even more storage. If the overlap cladding was strong enough to allow shelving to be installed then it would be better. Therefore we have given this a 7.8/10 rating.
Ease Of Installation 7.7/10
This isn’t a difficult shed to put together but it will require some heavy lifting. As a medium size building, it is advised that two people are used to construct it. You should also expect it to take quite a long time to put up.
As the shed is made from overlap cladding, you get a solid construction at a low, affordable cost. Due to the fact it does need to be annually treated, we couldn’t give it full marks. Overall though, it does supply excellent value for money.
Final Thoughts: The medium size shed offers plenty of storage room and a high quality design. If you spend a little more money on some of the extras, you can also maximise its durability, providing better value for money. It effectively protects the building from weather damage and despite needing to be treated annually we do recommend this as an overall great all-round shed.
Prices around: £229.95
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