Detailed Review of the Tongue and groove sentry box petite by BillyOh
Shed Type and Roof Size
This is a great-looking sentry box that provides ample room for storage. The building measures up at 93 cm in width, and this goes down to 73.1 cm internally. As regards depth, which is crucial for storage, the unit measures up as 70.2 cm, and this shrinks down a little to 64.2 cm internally. All of this internal reduction in measurements is down to the material thickness.
It has a very attractive apex roof, which allows for the rainwater run off to be easy and efficient. The apex also ensures that you have head room inside, and plenty of height for the tools that you are going to to store in there, no matter how tall they are.
The roof has been crafted from solid sheet, which is pretty basic stuff, and matches the purchase price well. On top of the roof is some felt roofing, and this does a good job of keeping rain out, but you will need to replace it after time.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
Things get a little better quality wise here. The entire unit has been clad in tongue and groove cladding. This is very strong stuff, and should provide you with plenty of protection for many years to come. This is the process where planks are literally locked together solidly, giving your building a lot more strength. It also provides good protection against rainwater too. So that’s a really valuable aspect of the unit.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
The sentry box has, happily, been treated at the factory. This means you have plenty of protection built in here as well as the reassurance that comes with knowing that you don’t have to treat the unit every year. This is a real bargain actually, because a pre-treatment is not always standard on something at this price point.
Doors and Windows
The door opens up to 58.6 cm in width, which is a perfectly adequate level of opening for this tall unit.
Security and Privacy
There is a turn button used on the unit, so you have an element of security here. You can obviously fix your own padlock if you wish.
Customisation Options and Extras
The unit can be customised with colours. You can choose your trim colour and your wall colour as a custom option. The tubs are not expensive, and due to the distinctive nature of the building, this is a great way to make it an individual building.
There is a lot to like here. The fact that the unit has been pre-treated is a real benefit, and we can’t fault the fact that the manufacturer has chosen tongue and groove for cladding. It makes a difference.
Longevity Of Materials
That tongue and groove is a real factor in longevity. And that pre-treatment is good news also. You can expect a long life for this unit.
It's tall and thin, and the storage potential is limited to the dimensions and general shape. Not great then, but for the price it is a good deal.
Ease Of Installation
Very easy, and you shouldn't be spending more than a hour to get it up and running.
The price is incredible for the quality of the build. We expect good quality, but tongue and groove is quite exceptional at this price. We also liked the smaller points, like the pre-treatment. Could be a little more in the depth department though, for example.
Final Thoughts: A high quality unit, with some limitation in depth. The good news revolves around the tongue and groove, and the general care that has been put into the unit.
Prices around: £99
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