Shed Type, Roof Size
This large apex roofed wooden garage really caught our eye, because it takes the traditional styling that we love to see in garden sheds and replaces the rustic roughness with a very smooth and attractive exterior. It’s obviously a very high quality building at first sight, and this impression was confirmed during our review. It’s a garage you’ll be proud to have in your garden, and it can easily be used as a storage space or workshop as well.
If one feature above all grabbed our attention, it’s the apex roof. Not only because it’s well constructed, which it is featuring tongue and groove cladding covered in strong mineral felt, but because of its grand height. It rises to a ridge height of 2.74m and also provides an eaves height of 1.85m. The overall width of the garage is 3.66m and the overall depth is 5.50m; you’ll need to know these dimensions when you select a site for the building.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
With a timber building of this size and price we would expect it to feature tongue and groove cladding, yet this garage still impressed us through the use of PAR cladding. This is a superior quality tongue and groove cladding which while having a thickness of 12mm performs as if it was 16mm. We also liked the use of heavy duty framing measuring 44 X 44mm, as this creates a stable and reliable structure. As always with a garage of this size, no floor is included, so you’ll need to have a large area of completely level concrete on which to affix it.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
A good quality pre-treatment can protect a timber building for years to come, which is why we like to see timbers that have been pressure treated. Unfortunately, on this occasion only a dipped basecoat has been applied, which gives much shorter lasting protection. It means that the warranty provided against rot lasts for just one year, whereas we often see warranties that are ten or fifteen times as long. Another result of the dip treatment is that the customer is expected to add more preservative themselves after only six weeks, and then every year after that.
Doors and Windows
Whether this building is to be used as a garage or as a workshop that will have machinery moved in and out, the doors will play a vital role. That’s why we were pleased to see that the double hinged doors are very big, opening to a width of 2.13m and a height of 1.88m. We were equally pleased to see a single hinged side door, giving added flexibility and convenience for the owner.
Another area that we feel this garage performed well in is the provision of windows. There are three included in a single bank, but whilst two of them are fixed in position the middle one can be fully opened. This can help to fight condensation if a car has just been parked up, or if machinery is being used. With this window open, the interior feels airy and welcoming.
The windows are made from horticultural glass, which offers far superior toughness when compared to standard glazing, and the doors are strongly hinged and fully hinged. In this way they add to the overall secureness of the garage, but we were less pleased to find that there is no locking system in place. Although both the double doors and single door are padlockable, which we welcomed, it’s been left to the customer to find and purchase their own padlocks.
One aid to security that can be added, however, is fully boarded siding without any windows, which we were pleased to see is a modification that’s offered free of charge. This may not be ideal for a workshop, but if you want a secure environment that nobody can see into, it’s well worth considering. There’s also the option to convert one of the two fixed windows into another opening window, so it was good to see that the customer can personalise their garage to best meet their own needs. One final option is a professional installation service, which although costing £269.99 can save a lot of time and potentially a lot of frustration too for people who are unused to assembling such large items.
We not only found PAR cladding and heavy duty framing used, but also chamfered edges on the corners, all of which are welcome signs of quality.
Longevity of Materials
The tough cladding should itself be durable, but this is dependent upon regular preservative treatments being applied by the owner.
We have reviewed wider and deeper garages, but this is one of the tallest wooden garages we’ve seen creating a large storage capacity.
Ease of Installation
We would recommend setting aside two days to install this building if you have a friend to help. Alternatively, of course, the professional assembly service can be taken advantage of.
This is certainly an attractive and spacious wooden building, but we’ve seen larger garages available for much less money.
Final Thoughts: The price of this garage may put it outside of the budget of some people, and there’s also the cost of annual wood preserver treatments to consider and the cost of adding padlocks and ideally an alarm. If this still falls within your budget, then you’ll find it a good looking and versatile addition to your property. We liked the way that the bank of windows let natural light and fresh air in, so whilst it can be used as a high quality garage it can also become a garden shed or timber workshop that’s pleasant to pass the hours in.
Prices around: £3069
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