Shed Type And Roof Size
The Hartwood 7′ x 5′ FSC Premium Overlap Shed really is quite the impressive looking shed. As far as mid range sheds go, this one here has one of the more eye catching designs that we have seen. They have given this shed a very high quality, but also old school kind of look that we really like. We know that the pictures make this shed look huge, but while this does offer a nice amount of space it will not take over your whole garden and we are sure that even smaller gardens will be able to make use of. The shed is 7 foot 1 inch wide and 5 feet 2 inches wide which does give you plenty of floor space. The shed is a little low along the eaves at 4 feet 11 inches, but the ridge is a very impressive 7 feet high so actually being in the shed will not require you to be hunched over or even worse, crawling around on your knees.
This shed has an apex roof and we love how steep they have made it. Sure this is the reason as to why the eaves height is a little under 5 feet, but this is going to ensure no rain will ever sit on top of the shed. Solid sheet boarding is what the roof is made from and this is fine by us as it is strong enough to take as much snow as mother nature can throw on it. Stopping the wood from getting wet and rotten is some high quality, green mineral felt.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The overlap cladding used is 8 mm thick. We are very pleased with this cladding as while it is thick enough to take a bit of a beating from the elements and yourself, it is made so well that rain is not going to be able to sneak its way inside and rust everything up or ruin it. Also this cladding as you can see is just gorgeous to look at.
At 28 mm x 28 mm, the frame is something that took us a little by surprise as it was thicker and stronger than we thought it would be. They really have made sure this is a shed that is going to be standing 20 or more years from now by using this fantastic frame. While the frame is a good thickness, it is not so thick that it will eat into your storage space.
A square boarded, butt jointed floor is what makes this a premium shed. Rather than use solid sheet boarding, this more high quality boarding is going to allow you to really fill this shed up with all kinds of heavy items. We are talking things like a large mower, heavy power tools and even the kids garden toys when winter comes. This is a floor that is not going to become bouncy or weak as time goes by. If you look at the pictures, you can also see that not only is this floor strong it also looks incredible.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
That lovely looking overlap cladding will be given a surface treatment, which if we are being honest, is ok for the short term and we mean extreme short term. This level of treatment will be ok for delivery and installation, but we suggest you give it a thorough coating of wood treatment within a week or two. The shed will require a fresh coating once a year, but this should not take you all that long and you will be protecting the wood from rot.
The Hartwood 7′ x 5′ FSC Premium Overlap Shed will be guaranteed against rot for ten years which we think is just awesome, but you must know that this guarantee is only valid if you treat the shed on a regular basis.
Doors And Windows
We are sure the first thing that caught your eye was those large double doors. Getting a set of double doors on a shed of this size is rather unusual so we were very pleased to see them on here. Each door is kept secure thanks to two heavy duty hinges and a strong brace on the back. You can also make sure the doors stay closed with the pad bolt which is included which we feel is a nice touch. With the doors open there is 5 feet 5 inches of height and 3 feet 7 inches width,. Which you can see is a vast amount of space to get things in and out of the shed. This means that you will not have to wrestle with the lawn mower to get it back into the shed.
There are two windows on the shed so you are going to get plenty of light in the shed. These windows are made to be child safe so if you have kids this is another reason why this would be a great shed for you. The windows are made with shatter resistant styrene and are 1.25 mm thick, perfect for taking a kick with a ball.
Security And Privacy
We really do appreciate that they have included a pad bolt with this shed, but if you do want to keep your items safely tucked away you are going to have to sit outside the shed with a shotgun, ready to protect what is yours. If you do not own a gun or just think that is a little bit extreme for you, you could always purchase the Yale Hasp Steel Black Finish 120 mm & Brass 40 mm Padlock set that they have. This does cost £19.99, but it will keep your items safe and it goes well with the rest of the shed.
We are happy with the level of privacy this shed offers, even with the two windows it is not exactly advertising your belongings to the neighbourhood thieves. However if you do want to keep things more hidden, then we think that a set of curtains or blinds would work well and also give the shed a little bit more style.
Customisation Options And Extras
In general this is a shed that has a very appealing look. But we do know that some of your love to tinker with things in your garden and we feel that this shed could look great with a little bit of customisation from you. Nothing major, but something like a hanging basket or even a coating of paint, we feel would really work well with this shed.
As well as the hasp and padlock set, they are offering a plastic shed base. This is a little expensive at £119.99, and as the floor is so strong anyway it is not what we would call an essential purchase. Although if you are building the shed on grass or even another surface you are not too confident about this shed base can help with that.
We are very happy with this shed and feel that the quality is just outstanding in pretty much every area of the shed. At this price they really could not have made a more higher quality shed than they have.
Longevity of Materials 8.5/10
By using the materials that they have they are really ensuring that this shed is going to be something you can use for a long time. Just make certain you do not forget or blow off treating the shed each year.
While the apex roof does eat into the space a little bit, you can actually really make this space go quite far if you plan things out carefully.
Ease of Installation 8/10
Please get a friend to help you build this as doing it on your own will be hard, stressful and probably result in the neighbours thinking a potty mouthed sailor has moved in next door. With a friend this should take you around 4-6 hours to install and be a fairly straightforward process.
This is a shed that we are very pleased with and at just over £300 we feel as though it is very fairly priced.
Final Thoughts: The Hartwood 7' x 5' FSC Premium Overlap Shed really does offer all you could want from a shed. While it is not what we would class as a big shed, you do still get a good amount of space to make use of in the shed. Those large double doors do give it an advantage over sheds of similar size because they will make getting things in and out just so much easier. The flooring in the shed is something that is very impressive and we have seen sheds at over double the price not have a floor as strong as this. If you want a good, practical and long lasting shed then this is one that we highly recommend.
Prices around: £309.99
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