Shed Type, Roof Size
This is a large metal garage, but it may be unlike any you’ve seen before. If you think that metal garages have to be variations on dull shades of silver or grey, it’s time to think again. We were really impressed by the cream and dark brown colour scheme used here, thanks to the vinyl cladding on top of a steel core. For its size, this is one of the most attractive non timber garages we’ve seen.
Other than its eye catching colour scheme, the other thing to impress us at first sight was the sheer scale of this garage, and by that we don’t just means the width and depth that come in at 3.71m and a very long 9.54m respectively. The apex roof is also taller than most we see, and creates a ridge height of 2.62m and an eaves height of 1.85m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
The thing we liked most about the vinyl cladding is that it not only creates an aesthetically appealing building, it also adds to its strength and stability. At its heart is an electro-galvanised steel core which in itself is as thick as most cladding that we see. The addition of a vinyl finish however makes it noticeably tougher, and with heavy duty framing to back it up this should be a very resilient garage. As with all metal garages we review there is no floor, but we would have expected to see an anchor kit is included to affix it to a concrete surface; sadly, that’s missing on this occasion.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
We always knew that vinyl capped electro-galvanised steel cladding was going to be very durable and weather resistant, but it was nice to see this confirmed by the inclusion of a 15 year guarantee against the appearance of any perforations. There’s also no treatment requirements, other than an occasional hose down, so it brings added convenience for the owner as well. Put simply, once the building has been assembled the customer can relax and enjoy it for a decade and a half and in all probability even longer.
Doors and Windows
The doors are, for us, one of the stand out features on this building. At the front of the building is a very large door that operates in a typical roll up and over style associated with metal garages. It creates a more than accommodating opening with a width of 2.41m and a height of around six feet, and it also feels strong and even more importantly from a deterrence perspective, it looks strong. What we particularly liked is that there’s also a sliding personnel door at the side. This comes in very useful as the garage is so deep that it allows lots of space to work in even when a vehicle is parked inside; the side door gives easy access to this extra work area. To make the most of it, however, lighting will have to be installed or possibly translucent roof panels, as there are no windows to allow natural light into the interior.
Security is all important for buildings designed to hold something as valuable as a car, so we welcomed the window free nature of this garage. With no way of seeing what’s stored inside, many opportune thieves will simply pass it by on the way to more obviously rewarding targets. We were disappointed, however, to find that there were no padlocks included as standard, even though both doors are lockable and ready to accept one. At this price, we would have liked to see these items provided.
You won’t be surprised to hear that the first extra item we would recommend is a high quality padlock and alarm system, and of course on this occasion two padlocks will be needed to give good all round security. Another item that is a must buy is an anchor kit to fix the garage to a level area of concrete or patio. Unfortunately, however, both of these essential items will need to be sourced separately by the customer rather than being bought at the same time as the garage itself.
One of the reasons that Arrow are so successful and respected in the United States is their attention to quality, and we certainly find that in evidence here.
Longevity of Materials
There are few more trouble free substrates than vinyl clad steel, so we have little doubt that this garage can last beyond its already generous warranty period.
We were very impressed by just how large this garage in, so there’s a lot more you can do with it than just keeping the car safe and dry.
Ease of Installation
Whilst the manufacturer states that this garage can be installed in eight to ten hours, we feel that most people will take longer than this so we recommend allowing two days if two people are carrying out the assembly process.
Two thousand pounds is, we feel, a reasonable price to pay for a good looking garage of this size, especially as it comes with the backing of a long guarantee against perforations.
Final Thoughts: There’s so much to like about this garage, even though we would have liked to see padlocks and anchoring screws included. These can be purchased inexpensively, so they shouldn’t put you off purchasing a building that we feel represents excellent value for money. If the metallic look has put you off considering metal garages and the benefits they bring, don’t worry. Thanks to its attractive vinyl coating, this doesn’t look like a traditional metal garage at all. It’s so wide, deep, and tall that you can use it as both a garage and a shed or workshop, rather than having to choose between which of these functions you’d most like to use it for.
Prices around: £2399
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