Whether you use it as a base for a hobby, or you’re self employed and use it as a place to carry out work, this workshop shed can bring many advantages. Foremost among these is the great value it provides for the amount of floor space it provides, and we were pleased to see that on this occasion the vertical height is just as accommodating.
Another feature that we were glad to find on this shed, and which isn’t always present on sheds we review, was an integrated locking system. This means that you get added peace of mind if you keep anything of value in your timber workshop, and security can be enhanced still further by the optional padlock and alarm systems that are available.
Tongue and groove cladding is used throughout, except for the floor which consists of solid sheet material. Because it fits together so snugly it’s excellent at stopping rain from reaching the interior. The apex roof also helps with that function, as does the inclusion of pressure treated floor joists to stop problems caused by ground moisture, and together they are the reasons the manufacturer has been able to give a 10 year warranty against rot.
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of materials9/10
Ease of installation9/10
Value for money9/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type, Roof Size
We liked the look of this apex roofed workshop shed at first sight, and our admiration grew the more we looked at it and found out about it. The dimensions are the first things that strike you about the shed, and when the unusually generous height is taken into consideration as well this offers a very good storage volume for a price of less than six hundred and fifty pounds.
The vertical space is enhanced by the apex roof, but it also stops rain and snow from ponding on the surface. We were pleased to see that the roof is made of tongue and groove timber, and with the added protection of its green mineral felt covering it should prove very effective at keeping the interior dry. The ridge height is 2.31m while the eaves height is 1.66m. The overall width of the shed is 2.61m, while the overall depth is 3.10m, both of these measurements including the overhang.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We found that the shiplap cladding slotted easily together, creating a tight surface that stops water getting in. It has a thickness of 12mm, which is commonly found on timber sheds we review although we would still have liked it to be a little thicker. One thing we particularly liked, however, was the PAR frame. A ‘planed all round’ frame is tougher and often thicker than rough sawn frames, and this one has dimensions of 45mm X 28mm to create a strong and stable structure.
We would have liked to see the floor made of tongue and groove boards, just as the wall and roof are, instead of its solid sheet material but we appreciate that this helps to keep the cost to consumers down. One area in which the floor scores highly is its elevation, thanks to rot resistant pressure treated floor joists, as this reduces the likelihood of problems being caused by ground moisture.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
We were pleased to see that the manufacturer has supplied a 10 year warranty against rot, as this is longer than many that are provided on timber sheds. That’s because timber can be very prone to the damaging effects of rot, which is also the reason that Shed-Plus have dip treated all of the cladding used in the workshop. This gives a basic cover for its initial period, but it’s essential to note that the customer is required to re-treat it straight away after it has been installed, as well as every year thereafter.
Doors and Windows
The hinged double doors are not only braced and reassuringly strong, they are also very wide and tall. We were glad to find that the opening was taller than the actual eaves height, at 1.77m, and it was very wide as well at 1.49m. This is ideal for a workshop area where machinery or even motorbikes may be brought in and out.
The four fixed windows are on positioned on interchangeable panels, meaning that the owner can place them wherever is best for their individual garden. Styrene glazed with a thickness of 1.5mm, we found that they are also surprisingly tough and shatter resistant, which is very important if you often have children playing in your garden.
Security and Privacy
We often find that the sheds we review put the security onus firmly on the customer, so we were pleased to find that wasn’t the case here. The doors are secured with a key turning RIM lock including two push buttons. In essence, it means that it’s as tough and secure as your front door. If you want to add an extra padlock or alarm these can be inexpensively purchased as optional extras.
Customisation Options and Extras
Because the shed is supplied in an unpainted condition, its natural and attractive wood colouring can rapidly fade to a less seemly silver hue. That’s why we recommend painting it with a shed stain as soon as the preservative treatment allows you to apply a paint over it. We were pleased, therefore, to find that dark brown and harvest gold stains are available as optional extras, allowing the customer to choose whether they prefer a dark or light coloured shed. As well as these paints, and a selection of padlocks, a solar light is also available, and we feel that it could come in very useful on darker evenings.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
The use of a planed all round frame shows that quality has been of prime consideration in the manufacture of this shed.
Longevity Of materials9/10
Slightly thicker cladding on the roof, and tongue and groove flooring, would have made the shed even more durable, but the pressure treated joists are a welcome addition.
From the depth and width to the height and door size, this is generously proportioned shed for this price range.
Ease of installation9/10
Simply because of its size, you and a friend will need to spend at least four to six hours on installation, but be prepared to take longer. Lifting the roof into place is the most difficult task in the process.
Value for money9/10
For a well built and durable shed, we were pleasantly surprised at how little it costs, but there is the extra cost of the treatment requirements to take into account.
Final Thoughts: If you’ve thought about buying a workshop for your garden but weren’t sure if you could afford one that was big enough, you should take a look at this good looking shed from Shed-Plus. Despite its affordable price point there’s been no cutting corners when it comes to quality. The four windows flood the interior with light, and thanks to the vertical space inside it’s a building that you’ll be happy to spend time in. Thanks to the inclusion of a key operated lock it’s also more secure than most standard models of the timber sheds and workshops we review, so you won’t have to worry about what’s kept inside.