Shed Type And Roof Size
The Hartwood Premium 7′ x 5′ FSC Tongue and Groove Pent Shed is here to provide you with a very smart looking and well made place to keep a variety of items safe from the weather and also out of sight and reach of thieves. This is one very classy looking shed that has a very high quality look to it, and overall we really like the design that they have gone for. It is one of the more compact sheds that we have seen lately, with the depth being 5 feet 4 inches and the width 6 feet 7 inches, so you will have to be a little bit more thoughtful with how you organise things inside of here or that space will fill up very quickly. Still the compact nature of this shed does make it ideal for smaller gardens. Headroom is fine as at the highest point the shed stands at 6 feet 6 inches high which is something that did impress us.
As this is a premium shed, they have gone all out in every department and that includes the roof. To start with the pent design of this roof will always force the rain to run off the back of it, but as well as being very practical in its design top of the line materials have been used in its construction. Tongue and groove boarding has been used here and it looks incredible and is also very strong. On top of this we have some high quality and heavy duty felt that it able to withstand anything Mother Nature decides to throw its way.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
Some people like a shed to be as much of a feature in their garden as it is a place to store things. Well the sleek, smooth and strong tongue and groove shiplap cladding is certainly going to make this stand out in your garden. We just love this cladding and the fact that it has been pressure treated means that it is going to be just as strong as it is easy on the eyes.
Inside the shed is some very high quality and strong framing. They have gone for a 45 mm x 28 mm frame inside here. This is one very thick, strong and impressive frame that is going to ensure the shed stays a very robust structure in your garden for many years.
Flooring seems to be where some shed manufacturers will try to save a little bit of money, but that is not the case here at all as they have gone for some very impressive, tongue and groove boarding. As you can see from the pictures this looks amazing, but it has not been chosen just because it looks nice. This type of flooring is very strong, so strong that it is able to handle the weight of all your heaviest items that need storage. Under the flooring are floor joists which like the rest of the shed have been pressure treated which as well as keeping the shed off the ground helps make the flooring that extra bit more secure and strong.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
All of the wood has been pressure treated which means that right from the go this is a shed that is ready to take on the elements. It also means that there is no need for you to treat the shed on an annual basis. This makes the shed far more low maintenance which of course is a very good bonus.
Due to the wood being pressure treated, this shed comes with a generous, 15 year anti rot guarantee.
Doors And Windows
The Hartwood Premium 7′ x 5′ FSC Tongue and Groove Pent Shed has one of the strongest and most impressively made doors that we have seen. The door is going to be extra strong thanks to the clever design choice to use a ‘z’ brace on the back of it. Also rather than use standard hinges, they have gone for some heavy duty, stainless steel hinges that will keep the door in its place. It may be a single door, but we really do not see you having any trouble at all getting things in and out of it.
Keeping the door company on the front of the shed are two windows that are made with toughened safety glass. Both of these windows can be opened so they are going to let in the fresh air as well as natural light.
Security And Privacy
With the strong frame, impressive door, tongue and groove cladding and the overall design this is one very secure shed. They do say that the shed comes with a lock and key, but the pictures do only show a pad bolt so this is something to keep in mind. If it does come with a lock and key then great, but if it is just the pad bolt then you may want to consider adding some kind of padlock before you put expensive items inside here.
We are happy with the level of privacy this shed offers as the two windows are not so large that it makes peeking inside the shed easy. Curtains or blinds could be easily added or you could just make sure your more expensive items are not stored in front of the windows.
Customisation Options And Extras
This is a shed that we feel really does look awesome just the way it is and they actually do not offer any customisation options with it. Of course you could always give it a facelift with a coating of paint or even add a hanging basket to one of the walls if you wanted to give it a little bit more personality.
You can add a Yale Hasp Steel Black Finish 120 mm & Brass 40 mm Padlock as an extra, but if the shed does in fact have a lock and key then this would not really be necessary. A plastic shed base can be added for £119.99, and the idea of this is that if you are not too happy about the ground you are installing the shed on, then you would install the shed on top of this.
We are actually really blown away at just how high quality they have managed to make this shed be.
Longevity of Materials 9/10
Make no mistake about it, this is a shed that has been designed to last many years. The pressure treatment process, the materials and just everything about this shed is all aimed at giving you 20 plus years of service.
While the size of the shed does make it ideal for smaller gardens there is no denying that this is a shed that is certainly on the small size.
Ease of Installation 8.5/10
While you will need a friend to help, a friend who is easy to work with. This is not going to be all that hard of a job. Around 4-6 hours is the average time to install a shed of this size. Just be sure to take your time, have plenty of snack breaks and try to enjoy the experience and it will go smoothly.
While the quality and longevity of this shed are just phenomenal, we must say this is one of the smaller sheds we have seen. You can get a shed in a similar size for about half the price, but of course it is nowhere near close to being as high quality as this one.
Final Thoughts: The Hartwood Premium 7' x 5' FSC Tongue and Groove Pent Shed is one of the best designed sheds that we have had the pleasure to review. They really have gone all out and not cheaped out on any aspect of this shed and that does make the price they are asking very fair in our eyes. Still there is no overlooking the fact that this is a small shed, but if you are a little tight on space in your garden and you want a shed that really is the best of the best then honesty we are having a hard time thinking of a compact sized shed that is anywhere close to being as high quality as this one here.
Prices around: £405.99
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