Shed Type And Roof Size
Offering far more space that you would think, the Hartwood 7′ x 5′ FSC Overlap Pent Shed is one very impressive looking and long lasting shed. How can you look at this shed and not say wow? It has just a classic and attention grabbing design that it is near impossible not be impressed by this. The size of the shed is actually quite decent, while not large it is a little bigger than most other compact size sheds. The depth of the shed is, 5 feet 4 inches and the width a very impressive 6 feet 10 inches. This offers you quite a lot of floor space to make use of so it would be great as a tool shed or even as something for general storage. The front of the shed stands at 6 feet 10 inches which really is quite remarkable, even at the back there is still 5 feet 9 inches of height, just imagine having some shelving on this back wall, think of all the floor space that would free up.
The first thing that we noticed about the pent roof was how it slopes away from the door. This is always a good thing as it not only stops the rain from pooling on the top of the shed, but it also stops it from dropping onto your head. The roof is well made, solid sheet boarding is what it is made from and this is actually a fairly strong and low cost material. This is covered with some green mineral felt that is strong and also waterproof so you have no worries about water getting into the shed through the roof.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
8 mm thick overlap cladding is what makes up the walls and we really do like the way that this looks. Rustic, we feel is the best way to describe the look and as it has been saw cut, we would say that was clearly their intention. The cladding is thick and strong enough that it is able to withstand a real beating from the weather. In all we are very pleased with the cladding that they have used and are sure you are going to love the way it looks when it is standing in your garden.
So the shed is able to stand strong for many years, they have gone for a rather robust 28 mm x 28 mm frame that does give the shed a very strong feel to it. This frame is very well made and the shed really will be something that lasts for 20 or more years thanks to it. A frame is not the most interesting thing to talk about we know that, but you will be very thankful for how long lasting this one is.
If you have some tools, gardening equipment or just some stuff from the house that has a fair bit of weight to it then the solid sheet boarding that the floor is made from is going to be able to handle it. We know this may not be the most attractive looking boarding out there, but it does do its job very well.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
This shed does require annual treatment and will need to be treated shortly after construction. It will be given a base coat treatment before it is sent to you, so it will have a little bit of protection that will look after the wood for the first couple of weeks, but we always say it is better to treat the shed sooner than later.
Treating the Hartwood 7′ x 5′ FSC Overlap Pent Shed and looking after it properly does not just keep it free from rot, it also makes the 10 year guarantee valid.
Doors And Windows
There is a single door on the shed, but at 5 feet 6 inches high and 2 feet 2 inches wide we feel that getting something as large as one of the kids bikes or even a mower will not result in you scratching your fingers on the door frame or swearing very loudly. The door has a strong design thanks to the two high quality hinges and the three braces on the back of the door so if you do slam it or the wind does catch it, it will be fine.
One pleasant surprise about this shed and part of what gives it, its charm is the two windows that are on the front. A shed of this size usually has one window so seeing two of these 1.25 mm thick, styrene windows on here is great. The windows are a large size so they are going to allow a lot of light into the shed.
Security And Privacy
We really wish that there was some kind of lock on the door, but as there is a hasp and staple, you will be able to add a padlock very easily. The security offered by the shed is very good, but it is just a shame they did not include a way to lock the door.
Those windows are certainly going to make it easy to look inside the shed so you may want to have a think about adding something like blinds or a curtain so you can have privacy.
Customisation Options And Extras
We are sure that many of you are going to be happy just keeping the shed the way it is, but for those of you who do like to flex and show off your creative muscles then you could always give this a facelift with a coat of paint.
If adding a cheap padlock to the already include hasp and staple is not something you really fancy doing then they do have a Yale Hasp Steel Black Finish 120 mm & Brass 40 mm Padlock for £19.99. They also have a Ecobase Plastic Shed Base which will give you a real solid foundation to install your shed, but at £119.99 it is priced rather high.
Overall this is one very well made shed and they have managed to use some impressive materials even though the price is under £300.
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
This is the kind of shed that can last you a lifetime as long as you treat it right.
This is not what we would call a big shed, but out of the smaller sized sheds it does offer a couple of feet extra storage space.
Ease of Installation 8.5/10
We feel that this is not a very hard installation processes, but you will need another person to help you out so be sure to have a smile, plenty of coffee and a few snacks will not hurt either.
This is a very good shed and we feel that the price they are asking for it is actually very fair, especially considering the size and the smart design.
Final Thoughts: We really like the Hartwood 7' x 5' FSC Overlap Pent Shed as it has a very classic design. While overlap cladding may not be used as much as shiplap cladding these days, it is a style of cladding that we really like and feel fits into any style of garden. The storage space you are getting with this shed can go really far if you plan your layout well and the materials used to make this shed are strong and long lasting enough to give you many years of use. If you have a smaller garden, but want to get a shed that is giving you a good amount of storage space, but is not going to require a whole lot of room in your garden. Then this is one of the better sheds for you and we highly recommend you give this one some serious consideration.
Prices around: £279.99
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