Shed Type, Roof Size
We found a lot to like about this timber pent shed, not least its appearance. Everybody wants a shed that’s going to fit in with their garden and enhance its overall look, and we feel that’s just what this shed provides. Pent roofed sheds are a timelessly classic design, and they are more subtle and less ostentatious than apex roofed buildings.
The pent roof still fulfills one function of an apex roof, and that is in carrying water away. Made of tongue and groove shiplap cladding and covered with felt, it’s very water resistant, so you won’t have to worry about keeping your contents dry. It offers a peak height of 1.93m and an eaves height of 1.80m, which is more than adequate for most small to medium gardens. The same is true of the outer dimensions, which are a width of 3.66m and a depth of 2.44m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
For us, the cladding itself is one of this sheds stand out features. Shiplap in style, it fits together snugly thus giving rain no chance of getting through, whatever angle it blows in at. The cladding is 12mm thick, which is a measurement we often find in timber sheds, but because it is planed all round it is much tougher and more resilient than standard cladding. The frame too, with a thickness of 44 X 27mm was noticeably thicker than that which we see on most timber sheds we review.
We were pleased to find that the floor was made of the same tongue and groove cladding as the walls and roof, which is not always something we see. We were disappointed, however, to note that it wasn’t supported by pressure treated joists, which is something we feel should have been included with a shed of this price.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
This is another area where we think the manufacturer could have done better. The high quality cladding gives very good water resistance, particularly with the aid of the pitched roof, so we feel it’s likely to last much longer than a year without rot being likely. Unfortunately, however, only the statutory one year warranty is here supplied. We were also surprised to see that the timbers had only been given a basic one coat dip treatment prior to shipping. This means that the emphasis is on the owner to treat the shed with wood preserver themselves six weeks after installation, and then at yearly intervals afterwards.
Doors and Windows
The thing we liked most about the single hinged door, apart from how strong and sturdy it feels, is that it can be assembled in any one of three positions so it can be sited to make the most of the garden layout. Its width of 0.76m is accommodating, but we would have liked it to be a little taller than its 1.65m.
Depending on where the door is positioned can also impact on where the windows are positioned, although there is an option to move some to the opposite gable if required. There are six in total, which lets in a large amount of natural light, which we feel helps to make this building suitable for use as a small workshop. We were pleased to find that they are glazed with horticultural glass, and that it was noticeably thicker than a lot of glazing we see.
Security and Privacy
It was good to see that the manufacturer had recognised how important shed security is by supplying a key operated lock as standard. This makes the shed door almost as impregnable as a front house door, and just the sight of it can make some of the more opportune shed thieves turn aside. The toughness of both the windows and the door also make it more difficult to gain unauthorised access.
Customisation Options and Extras
As stated, the supplied locking system is a good aid to security, but this can be further enhanced by opting for a fully boarded window free design. While this means that an artificial source of light will need to be fitted, it does mean that people will be unable to see what’s kept inside. We like the flood of natural light the six windows provide, but it’s good to know that the customer can make their own decision on this element. There’s also an option to change one of the fixed windows to an opening window, which makes the shed easier to ventilate.
One optional extra that we feel is a necessity is the set of floor bearers. It’s essential that large wooden sheds are elevated above ground level, as otherwise moisture in the surface can attack the flooring and lead to rot.
We were impressed by the high quality PAR shiplap cladding used across all the surfaces, and another sign of the high quality construction was the use of chamfered edges on the frame.
Longevity Of materials
With such high quality cladding this should be a durable shed, although this is let down slightly by the basic dip treatment used by the manufacturer and the short warranty period.
This is a good sized shed which also has a generous vertical height., allowing tall and wide objects to be stored easily.
Ease of installation
We found the instructions quite easy to follow, and two people should be able to complete installation within six hours or so. For those who don’t have that time to spare, there is the option to use a professional installation service.
This is a high quality and attractive timber shed, but further value could have been added with a longer warranty period and the addition of suitably treated floor joists.
Final Thoughts: There are a lot of ways for the owner to customise this shed, which is something we always welcome. At its heart, however, still remains a very effective and good looking storage shed. Thanks to its height, you can fit more inside this shed than is at first apparent and the profusion of sunlight that gets into the interior makes it a pleasant environment to spend time in. This isn’t the cheapest shed, and extra costs will be incurred in the annual treatments that are required, but if it’s within your budget and you like the appeal of a pent shed then this is certainly worthy of consideration.
Prices around: £1049
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