Shed Type, Roof Size
With such a large floor area, this metal apex shed becomes a very versatile storage facility for a little over three hundred pounds. We can easily imagine it being used to store bicycles, fishing equipment, or even motorcycles. Because the shed as a whole is fire retardant there’s no need to worry about potentially combustible material being stored inside.
Whilst the sheer scale of this building caught our eye, thanks to the overall width of 3.03m and the overall depth of 2.37m (you’ll need to have these dimensions in mind when selecting an area to use as a base), it was let down a little by the somewhat restricted headroom. The ridge height is reasonable at 2.02m, but we would have liked to see a taller eaves height than the 1.63m on offer here.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
The dark green colouration of the cladding is subtle rather than vibrant, which we think is ideal for a garden environment. We would have preferred to see slightly thicker and heavier cladding, although having said that it is already thicker than that found on some metal sheds we review. Made of hot dipped galvanised steel it feels very strong and stable when assembled, so shouldn’t have any difficulties in withstanding windy conditions.
With good value metal sheds such as this, we sometimes find that the all important anchor kit is not supplied, but rather that it has to be bought as an optional extra. Thankfully that isn’t the case here. We were especially pleased to see that not only is an anchor kit supplied but also a floor support kit. It allows the owner to place a wooden floor upon it without it having to come into direct contact with the floor. This means that it won’t be affected by rising moisture from the ground. Although the timber isn’t included, decking boards can be used for this purpose.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
If decking or timber is used for the floor, then we would advise that it should be treated regularly with a good quality wood preserver. If a concrete base is used instead than no treatment is required. The galvanised cladding used on this shed not only gives added rigidity it’s also very effective at causing rainwater to bounce away, as is the apex roof at the summit, and so we feel this shed should also be very resistant to rust. This viewpoint is confirmed by the 12 year warranty against rust perforations supplied by Yardmaster.
Doors and Windows
There are no windows in this shed, so we were pleased to see that plentiful ventilation was supplied by way of vents around the ridge and gables. This not only creates a pleasantly airy interior, it can also help to fight condensation which is a factor we find many metal sheds suffer from.
The double sliding doors are both solid and secure, this latter property being aided by their internal fitting which hides the runners. The door opening itself was wider than that on most sheds we review, measuring 1.20m, but the door height of 1.58m was in turn less than that we find on most metal sheds. A few more centimetres could have made a big difference, but as it is most people will have to stoop down when walking inside.
Security and Privacy
With no windows through which passers by can see, the contents within are kept private and hidden. We welcome that as an important addition to the shed’s security, but we would also have liked to see a padlock included. The handles are padlock-ready, so we would strongly advise buying one at the same time the shed is purchased, however valuable the items to be stored inside are.
Customisation Options and Extras
As mentioned above, a padlock is the first optional extra we would recommend, even though there isn’t one that could be bought directly with the shed. One useful option that is available, however, is a four shelf racking unit. Strong and sturdy, and resin coated to prevent the appearance of scratches, it can stand alone anywhere within the shed and at 0.76 X 0.51m we were pleasantly surprised at just how much it can hold.
Rust free screws are supplied with this shed, which is just one indication of the overall quality we found. No corners have been cut, which is why Yardmaster have such a good reputation.
Longevity Of materials 8.5/10
We’ve seen thicker cladding on metal sheds, but at the same time we’ve seen thinner. Strong and stable, the galvanised cladding should also help to keep rust away.
The substantial width and depth mean that a lot can be stored inside, the floor being the most useful storage area after all, although the restricted eaves height can impact upon the storage of taller items.
Ease of installation 9/10
You’ll definitely need two people to put this shed together, and pay close attention to the diagrams as many parts look similar. Expect to take around four to six hours on the installation process.
With a lot of storage space, and a flooring support kit supplied as well, we feel this is very good value for money.
Final Thoughts: Despite its imposing size, width and depth wise at least, this won’t stand out obtrusively in your garden. That’s thanks to the natural green paintwork which will complement any landscape. The paint also performs another function in that it provides another layer to keep rain out. This is also effectively achieved by the apex roof and the galvanised cladding, which results in a dry environment in which to keep your garden tools and equipment. With a 12 year warranty against rust perforation as well, which is more than many warranties we see on metal sheds, you also get added peace of mind.
Prices around: £349.99
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