Shed Type And Roof Size
The 10′ x 8′ Traditional Heavy Apex Shed is what we consider to be near enough the ideal size for a general storage shed. No matter if you are a family looking for a place to keep the kids bikes and toys or even as a space to organise your tools and gardening gear. The 8 feet of width and the 10 feet of depth gives you a lot of room, but we feel most gardens are going to be able to handle this shed. Height wise the shed is very impressive along the ridge the height is 8 feet 1 inch so you will be able to move around comfortably inside of here and keep your tools safe. The eaves height was something that really did impress us as it is 6 feet 1 inch.
One of the best companies when it comes to roofs is Treetops Traditional. These guys know how to make a roof that is going to be something that fits in with the style of the rest of the shed, but also last for many years – durable roofing felt covers tongue and groove boards that are a solid 12 mm thick.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
While the shed you get may be a little different in size from the one pictured it will still have the same smooth look. This look is achieved by using redwood to make the 12 mm tongue and groove shiplap cladding. This cladding not only looks the part it is also up to the job of not allowing any water in. The way Treetops Traditional make their cladding so well slotted together really is impressive.
If you have kids that like to run around the garden like crazy people bumping into each other and the things you have in the garden then you will be pleased to know that this shed will not budge an inch and be able to take a bit of abuse. The reason this is such a strong shed is that inside we have a 44 mm x 44 mm frame with rounded edges. Even if you do not have kids running around, the fact this frame is so thick and has round edged is still a huge plus as it makes the shed something that is going to last for over 20 years.
Many sheds will cut costs by having thin, solid sheet boarding as the floor. That is not the case here. You see the floor is made with the same boards as the roof, those 12 mm thick tongue and groove boards. The weight that these boards can take is something that really does impress us.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The nice and smooth redwood will be given a free basecoat treatment which will make sure the wood is safe and sound if it is delivered in the rain. To keep the cladding looking its very best, you will need to give it a coating yourself. We always suggest doing this within a week or two of building the shed. A coating once a year is necessary to help keep the wood free from rot.
While we do wish that Treetops Traditional were as generous as some of the other companies when it comes to their warranty. But even though it is only for a year at least you are covered during those first 12 months where if there is some kind of fault it would most likely pop up during that first year.
Doors And Windows
While the shed pictured does have a double door, the one that comes as standard is a single door that is 2 feet 6 inches wide which is a good size. If you would like the double door that is pictured then this can be added as an extra for, £56.99. Another option in regards to the door is that they do offer a stable style door instead of the standard one. No matter what kind of door you go for, you will be pleased to know that it is kept in its place with three very strong hinges.
This is a shed that is part of the heavy line from Treetops Traditional and as a result the, 10′ x 8′ Traditional Heavy Apex Shed has actual horticultural glass windows. There are two fixed and one that can be opened. We are very impressed with not just how great these windows look, but also how high quality they are.
Security And Privacy
If you look real closely at the door you will see that there is an actual handle and a lock on there. This keeps all your items secure and it will also save you having to buy a padlock or some other kind of locking mechanism for the door. The whole shed actually has a very secure and strong feel to it so your items are safe and sound inside here.
Despite being a good size, the shed is actually not as wide open as you would think. Yes there are three windows on the shed, but it is not as if people walking past on the street are going to easily be able to look inside. So we are very pleased with the level of privacy that this shed offers. If you do not want people to be able to look in the shed at all then you can request it to be fully boarded.
Customisation Options And Extras
You can give the shed a little touch of your own personality by changing the colour when you treat it. Wood treatment can be bought in many different colours ranging from a more traditional, shed brown to a light blue. Of course you can change the look of the door if you want so as you can see there are a couple of ways to really make this shed your own.
As well as the upgrade for the door, you can also upgrade the windows. If you would like more than the one included to open then this can be done at a cost of, £31.99 per window. Wooden floor bearers can be added for £52.99 and these are something to at least consider if the shed is being built on grass. The last extra that they have is an installation service, £159.99 is a fair price and it can save your thumb a meeting with a hammer if you were to tackle this yourself.
This is a very impressive line of sheds and this one is just as high quality and impressive as all the rest.
Longevity of Materials
If you look after the wood properly then we can see you getting well over 20 years out of this shed.
10 x 8 is a very good size for a shed and it will allow you plenty of storage space and we think actually even smaller gardens may be able to fit this in.
Ease of Installation
While you will need to talk or perhaps even bribe a friend into helping you, this is not a terribly difficult DIY job. It will take 3-5 hours and as long as you do what the instructions tell you and maybe use a little bit of your own ingenuity then you will have this built before you know it.
You are getting a very high quality and long lasting shed here so while the price is high, this is still very good value for money.
Final Thoughts: This is a shed that really does everything just right and we are sure that anyone who purchases this is going to be very happy. However the only thing that we think may make people's fingers hover over that, buy it button instead of just slamming it down, is the price. The 10' x 8' Traditional Heavy Apex Shed is not a cheap shed, far from it. But at the end of the day you are getting what could possibly be the only shed you ever need to buy in your lifetime and it also looks fantastic as well. So while it may take a little while to save up for, we do think it is worth the wait.
Prices around: £1149
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