Shed Type, Roof Size
We were impressed at first site by the traditional look of this apex timber shed, and by its sheer size for a relatively low price. Many sheds that we review with a similar base area have a restricted head height, but not in this case as the tall ridge and eaves give extra vertical storage space. That’s just one reason why we think this would make a great value workshop for people looking for a building in which to carry out a hobby or even a job.
At its peak, the ridge height is 2.31m, and this is complemented by an eaves height of 1.72m. It means that all objects can easily be stored inside, increasing both its flexibility of use and its storage capacity. The overall width is 2.43m and the overall depth is 3.02m, so these are the measurements you’ll need to use when deciding where to position your new shed.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were pleased to see that tongue and groove cladding had been used throughout this shed, that is on the walls, roof (where it’s covered by mineral felt), and floor. All too often we review sheds where this high quality cladding is used solely for the walls, and where thinner cladding, or even solid sheet OSM is used for the roof or floor. By using 12mm cladding across all surfaces, the manufacturer has created strong surfaces that should be very good at keeping water out. We have seen frames that are thicker than the ones supplied here, with dimensions of 34 X 34mm, but it still creates a solid and stable structure when assembled.
One factor that we particularly liked about the floor was the pressure treated floor joists. They serve to elevate the base above ground level, which can be the most dangerous area for a shed because of the high moisture content present in the ground. It’s a major asset in the fight against rot.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
The floor joists aren’t the only element of this shed that has excellent rot prevention properties, as this is also helped by the apex roof and the rain repelling cladding. The feature that we welcomed most of all, however, was the pressure treatment applied to all the timbers. It means that preservative is forced deep into the fibres of the wood, giving them long lasting protection against rot. It’s for this reason that the manufacturer has been able to provide a 15 year anti-rot warranty.
This is much longer than most warranties we see on timber sheds, and so it’s a really generous gesture. As with all wooden sheds and workshops, however, we would still recommend inspecting it on an annual basis and re-applying wood preserver if required.
Doors and Windows
One of the things we liked most about the single hinged door is that it rises above the eaves level, giving lots of extra headroom for people walking in and out. In fact, it has a height of 1.80m and a width of 0.88m, both of which are greater than most single doors we see, which is good news for people storing wide, tall, or bulky objects. Fully braced, the door is also noticeably strong and resilient.
There are two windows included as standard, and they are glazed with styrene which gives added toughness when compared to ordinary glass. We particularly liked that the window containing panels are interchangeable so that the owner can decide whether to have one on each side, or have both on one side.
Security and Privacy
The ability to have both windows on one side means that there would be three windowless panels, which we feel can be used to enhance security if positioned appropriately to secrete the windows from passers by. It was also good to see that a key operated lock was included with this shed, as we often find that emphasis is placed on the customer to source and fit their own lock.
Customisation Options and Extras
Whilst we found the assembly instructions relatively easy to follow, we appreciate that a lot of people don’t have the time to spend assembling their own shed. That’s why it was good to see that a professional installations service is available as an optional extra. For just £149, the customer gets the peace of mind of knowing that they’ll have a perfectly fitted shed quicker than would otherwise be possible.
Other extras available include a workbench, which is a useful addition for people who plan to use this shed as a workshop, and a slatted roof. This does add £309.99 to the cost however, and we found the standard roof fit for purpose.
The use of tongue and groove cladding throughout, and the inclusion of a key operated lock, show the commitment to high quality from the manufacturer.
Longevity Of materials
The 15 year warranty is as long as we see offered on the timber sheds we review, and is testimony to the effectiveness of the pressure treatment used on the wood.
It was good to see that the well proportioned width and depth weren’t let down by the height. With the addition of a shelving unit or two, available as optional extras, lots can be stored inside.
Ease of installation
Despite its size, and the number of components, this is a relatively simple shed to install. With a friend’s help you can expect to complete the task in around four to six hours.
This isn’t the most inexpensive shed we review, yet for its quality and durability it still represents good value for money.
Final Thoughts: If your budget stretches to nearly nine hundred pounds, then this is an excellent choice for a garden shed or small workshop. It comes with everything you could need, so you won’t have to spend time and money looking for padlocks, wood preserver, or floor joists. We particularly liked the wide and tall single door, and the two windows that can be positioned to suit the owner’s requirements. It was good to see that the windows are opening as well, as opposed to fixed, as this provides natural ventilation. Even on summer days, this will be a pleasant environment to spend time in, making it a great place to relax and enjoy a hobby, or it can simply be a viewpoint for your garden.
Prices around: £1099
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