This well proportioned plastic shed shows just how versatile PVC can be. Bringing the same qualities to a garden shed as it does to fascias and soffits, it’s highly effective at keeping rain and snow out, and of course there’s no chance of rot or rust forming at a later date. It’s also fire retardant, so that’s one less thing for you to worry about.
If you’re worried about the look of a plastic shed on this scale then you really shouldn’t be, as we found the finished look very pleasing on the eye, and it adds a contemporary and stylish look to a garden. For many people, especially those previously used to wooden sheds, the best thing of all is that it doesn’t take any treatment to keep it in this pristine condition, so you’ll be able to put your paintbrushes to one side.
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We were pleased to see that the accommodating depth and width were joined by a taller than average head height as well, so this is a pleasant environment to walk around in. The integrated ventilation keeps the interior cool and airy, and there’s even the useful option of adding a sliding window to bring natural light in.
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of materials10/10
Ease of installation9/10
Value for money9/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type, Roof Size
Duramax have taken the traditional look and style of a timber garden shed, a design classic throughout the ages, and given it an excitingly modern twist by constructing it from durable PVC rather than timber. The result is a building that’s very long lasting and that isn’t prone to rot, rust, chips or cracks, and that isn’t labour intensive in the way that maintaining a wooden shed can be.
We really liked the look of this shed, thanks to its very modern ivory colour. This may not be to everyone’s taste, but we feel that most people who look at it will find it attractive, especially those who already have a PVC roofline around their home. We were glad to see a water repelling apex roof at the summit, and this also contributes to the very accommodating height. The ridge height is 2.16m and the eaves height is 1.86m. Both of these are in excess of the dimensions we find on many timber or metal sheds we review. The depth at base is 2.39m, and the width at base is 3.19m, although these are both increased when the overhang is taken into account.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
PVC cladding by its nature has significant advantages over timber and metal, in that it is very durable and retains its good looks. The vinyl cladding itself is quite thick, and we were especially pleased to find that the steel frame upon which it sits was strong, as its this that gives the shed its stability.
No floor is supplied as standard, as this is designed to be fixed directly onto a pre-existing concrete base. This base has to measure at least 2.39 X 3.19m, and it’s essential that it’s level. We were pleased to see that flooring kits were available as optional extras for people who don’t currently have a suitable base area, but we would definitely have preferred to see the Hilti screw anchor kit included with the shed rather than having to be purchased separately.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
It was good to see that a peace of mind bringing 10 year warranty has been provided by the manufacturer, even though we would expect the shed to outlast this without any problems. The great thing about PVC cladding is that you’ll never have to paint it or spend time applying preservative. The only action you’ll need to take from time to time is to hose it down, as this helps to keep the threat of algae formation away.
Doors and Windows
The large hinged double doors caught our eyes straight away. With a width of 1.52m and a height of 1.80m, which equals six foot, they create a much bigger opening than that we find on many sheds we review. This makes the building even more versatile, as you can easily move larger objects inside and use it as, for example, a motorcycle store or even a workshop.
There are no windows on this shed, although there is an option to add one, but that doesn’t mean that the interior becomes too stuffy as two inbuilt vents allow fresh air to circulate, which is an important factor in the battle against condensation.
Privacy and Security
If the shed is left in its basic window free state, then its privacy and security will be boosted, as criminals won’t know whether valuable items are kept inside or nothing at all, making it a less likely target. For this reason we feel that windowless sheds make excellent secure storage facilities. On this occasion, however, a good quality padlock would need to be bought separately as although the doors are padlockable no such lock is supplied.
Customisation Options and Extras
As mentioned above, the anchor kit that is needed to affix this shed onto concrete is not supplied as standard as we feel it should be, so you’ll have to pay for a set of Hilti screws. Alternatively, a steel foundation kit can be purchased. This makes the creation of a perfectly sized, and level, concrete base easy, although it also adds £95 to the initial cost.
One optional extra we really welcomed was a window, as this allows the customer to choose whether they want to put security as their main priority or would rather have an interior full of natural light. The PVC will need to be cut to accommodate the acrylic glazed window, measuring 2’5 X 2’3, but this is easily achieved.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Quality is assured with a PVC shed, and Duramax have allied this to a strong steel frame as well.
Longevity Of materials10/10
Having a shed that won’t rot, rust, or lose its colour can bring great peace of mind, especially when it’s also backed by a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty.
We liked that the wide opening double doors allow easy access and egress, meaning that you can make the most of every inch of the storage space available. A shelving unit or two, available as optional extras, can also help you utilise the vertical space.
Ease of installation9/10
We recommend reading the instructions carefully before beginning, as the installation process can be different to those you’ll have used with timber sheds. The assembly as a whole, however, is simple and can be achieved by two people in around five hours.
Value for money9/10
For such a durable shed, with a generous amount of storage space, we feel this represents very good value for money, although we would have liked to see an anchor kit supplied.
Final Thoughts: If you’re determined to have a traditional wooden shed in your garden then you may have to look at other sheds, but otherwise this PVC shed comes highly recommended. It’s both stable and durable, and is excellent at keeping rain out and your contents dry. We like the ivory colouration, and it provides a modern look that will fit in with many homes and gardens. With the addition of the optional window this would make a great mini workshop, especially as the PVC used is fire retardant. There’s a lot of room to move around in, or to store your goods in, and there’s also plentiful headroom which is a quality we don’t always see.