Shed type and roof and size
This is a metal storage shed that you can use to store your tools and medium sized equipment. It has a width of 322 cm and a depth of 243.5 cm. The height is 210.5 cm.
The roof is in the Apex style and is made from galvanised steel. This means it has excellent water run off for starters. On top of that the galvanised steel is highly effective at preventing water from entering and causing issues with rust. So it’s a durable roof that removes the problem of water entering the building.
They’ve pretty much thought of everything with the roof too. The roof has ventilation built in at the front and at the back, so there is plenty of air available to the structure. We liked this, and it’s a sign that the manufacturers are serious about building in long life.
This attention to detail has also helped with the various uses you can put the Clifton to. The building is versatile, and the lack of windows, for starters, means that it makes for an excellent security shed. No one will be able to look inside the building, and this gives you plenty of options. It’s perfect for storing the family bikes, for example.
Cladding and frame and floor
The entire building has been made with that galvanised steel. This builds in plenty of longevity. While rain doesn’t affect the sides of a building as much as it does the roof, for example, it’s still nice to know that the whole building has this treatment, and is therefore protected from erosion. The wall panels supplied with the building are ribbed too, so you get even more for your money when it comes to strength.
There is no floor supplied with the Clifton. You will have to place the building on a solid flat surface so you will have to spend some money on a foundation kit. A steel one can be bought for close to £100, and this is a bit of an expense. We would have liked to see a foundation kit of some kind supplied with the Clifton. In any case, unless you’re capable of laying a foundation yourself you’re going to have to get a professional involved, so you could wrap that cost up in the whole operation.
There is an option for a tongue and groove floor. This is a very strong option, and will add plenty of strength to the building. It will also ensure you can easily store bigger and heavier items. Tongue and groove works well because it gives you a smooth, interlocking surface. But the tongue and groove also capitalises on the combined strength of the timber, so you get a tougher floor. It’s well worth considering.
Treatment requirement and warranty
No treatment is required due to that galvanised steel. It’s erosion-proof. And that leads to a special 15-year manufacturer’s warranty too.
Doors and windows
Sliding doors are included and we found them to be very responsive and smooth in operation. They open up fully too so you get the full benefit of that access.
Security and privacy
You can padlock those doors (and BillyOh offer a super strong padlock as an extra) and the lack of windows brings you plenty of security.
We can’t quite get around the fact that you have to purchase the flooring. It’s not the fact that you have to buy tongue and groove flooring if you want it, but more the lack of a foundation kit. It just adds that extra expense and we didn’t like that.
You can buy a padlock to make the building even more secure as an optional extra.
Quality of construction 10/10 Longevity of material 8.5/10
Final Thoughts: Great interior space, and some real toughness and durability with that galvanised steel. The space is a good thing, and we were a little surprised at the low price because you get quite a lot for the money here. This is a great little security shed and there’s a lot of usage to be had, but we think it loses out a little over the lack of a flooring set up as standard. The price changes immediately because of this. You can of course have no floor but we wouldn’t recommend it unless you have a totally flat concrete surface ready.
Prices around: £329
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