Shed Type And Roof Size
The Hartwood 6′ x 4′ FSC Pent Shed is the kind of shed that when you see it you just nod your head and say now that is one fine shed and where can I get one. Because this is a shed that just gets everything right. The design is just so smooth and classy that this is a shed that will elegantly fit into any style of garden. It may be a little snug in its size, but this just means that gardens of all sizes can enjoy it. Plus if you organise your things well and make use of the generous height then you can really get a lot inside here. Speaking of height the shed is 6 feet 3 inches high so as you can see it will be comfortable to spend time inside here. The floor space is 6 feet wide and 4 foot 1 inch deep so while not large it is still ideal for those who do need a little bit of storage space.
The pent roof slopes towards the back which is something we always like to see as no one likes having to get something out of the shed in the rain and it is made even worse if the roof slopes towards the door so you get a real good soaking. Which by the way nothing inside the shed will get because this roof is made with some impressive solid sheet boarding and then covered with this very striking looking, mineral felt that has a green tint to it.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The designer of this shed deserves a big high five, actually forget that they deserve a high ten, as the 12 mm thick tongue and groove shiplap cladding on this shed is some of the smoothest and most eye catching cladding we have seen. It interlocks so tightly that it is simply impossible for rain to get into the shed. They have managed to make the shed look truly gorgeous, while at the same time making it watertight inside.
It is not just the cladding that is incredibly thick, you see inside the shed there is a frame that is 45 mm x 28 mm. This is nearly twice as thick and strong as many other sheds so to say we are impressed with this cladding really is one huge understatement. The decades of use that you get out of this shed are going to be mainly down to how solid this frame keeps the shed.
So that you can place you heavy gardening gear, mower or anything else you may need safely stored away. A floor made from solid sheet boarding and supported with some well spaced out and thick floor joists has been used. Now we could be greedy here and say that they could have used tongue and groove flooring to go with the awesome walls, but that really would have been unnecessary and also probably added at least £50 to the price, so we are happy with the floor they have chosen.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
We are sure that whoever buys the Hartwood 6′ x 4′ FSC Pent Shed is going to want to make sure that fantastic looking cladding stays free from rot. So the fact that you will have to give this a coating of wood treatment is really not a big deal. The first coat we always feel should be applied within a couple of weeks and then a fresh coat should be applied each year after.
They do give you a ten year anti rot guarantee, but this is only valid as long as you treat the shed and look after it properly which we feel is fair enough.
Doors And Windows
The first thing that caught our attention on the door was the fact that they have included a pad bolt. A pad bolt is certainly going to make sure that door stays firmly closed. Also keeping the door firmly in place is a set of attractive looking and strong black hinges. This is a single door so getting larger items inside will require a little bit of effort, but for a single door this is actually a very good size.
Next to the door is a fixed window which if it could be opened really would have made us give this shed a gold star. Still as it is the window is fine it is made with shatter resistant polycarbonate glazing so if you have the kids or the grandkids playing football in the garden you do not have to worry about the window getting smashed.
Security And Privacy
That pad bolt really is awesome as it is going to keep that door well closed. If you do want to lock the shed then they do actually offer a Yale branded hasp and padlock set that costs £19.99. This is something to have a think about if you plan on keeping some expensive things like tools or a mower in the shed.
That window does make looking in the shed easy and as it is right on the front there is no real hiding it. But you could always purchase some curtains, blinds or even just a piece of fabric to hide what you have.
Customisation Options and Extras
As this is a shed that just oozes style, we think that it is a smart decision that they do not offer any customisation options. Still if you do want to give this shed just a little bit of your own personal touch then when you treat the shed, think about using a wood treatment that is coloured.
We already talked about the Yale hasp and padlock, but they do have another extra for this shed. For £69.99 you can purchase a plastic shed base which gives you a solid base to install your shed on.
We are just so impressed with what they have done with this shed. This is a shed that just oozes high quality, actually it can’t because the cladding is so tight and strong, nothing can get in or out!
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
While keeping the shed free from rot is down to you treating it. The materials used here are just incredible and very strong so you are going to get a lot of use out of this shed.
The shed is a little on the small side there is not ignoring that, but for a smaller garden or even as an extra shed the size is perfect.
Ease of Installation 8.5/10
Due to its rather compact size you and the person you talk into helping will not have any trouble putting this together. 4-6 hours is about how long we see this taking, depending on your DIY skill level of course.
This is a great shed and honestly it could be priced at £300 and we would still consider it to be excellent value for money.
Final Thoughts: From the first glance, the Hartwood 6' x 4' FSC Pent Shed was a shed that really impressed us. You can clearly tell that this is one very nice looking shed and that it has a really elegant and modern design. But that gorgeous exterior does not give away just how strong a shed this is. The cladding and the frame inside the shed make one of the best combinations we have seen in quite some time. They make this one very robust shed that is going to last well over 20 years. If you do have a smaller garden and want a shed that is not just lovely to look at, but also very well made then this shed is something we highly recommend.
Prices around: £274.99
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