We really appreciated the functionality of this metal storage shed. Without taking up too much space on your garden or patio, this allows you to store a lawn mower, spade, rake, and a wide selection of tools and equipment. It looks and feels secure, and with no windows to allow passers by to see what’s inside the look of the shed itself can be enough to turn away opportune thieves. Absco are known as one of the foremost shed manufacturers in Australia, and they are now bringing their expertise in engineering and fabrication to the United Kingdom market. Thanks to the high quality materials used, allied to an innovative design, this shed is not only designed to be resistant to wind and rain, it also comes with a long 20 year guarantee against damage caused by rust.
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One of the stand out features about this shed is the SNAPTiTE assembly system unique to Absco. It reduces the amount of screws used, and while it can take a little getting used to, by following the instructions it makes assembly quicker and easier than you might have expected. A full assembly kit is included, which makes this shed even better value for money.
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of materials10/10
Ease of installation8.5/10
Value for money9/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type, Roof Size
This is one of the Australian shed giant’s entry level storage options, and we think it deserves to become just as successful here in the UK. Although at first sight it looked very compact, once the single door is opened we found that it fitted a surprising amount inside. This is helped by the relatively tall eaves height and the pent nature of the roof. We liked the pale eucalyptus colouring used across the whole of the shed, which makes it blend unobtrusively into a garden background.
The corrugated cladding of the pent roof helps rainwater to be channeled away, as well as adding a few extra inches of storage space. At its peak the roof is 1.92m, and the eaves height is 1.80m; at almost six foot, this is considerably more than many compact metal sheds that we review. The overall depth of the shed is 0.78m, and the overall width is 1.52m, so you don’t need to find too large an area of level concrete on which to install it.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
This shed is based upon high quality galvanised steel which is topped by a Skillion roof. On top of this, a painted finish is added which gives it an extra layer of weather protection. When assembled we found it to be very strong and sturdy, which is in part testament to the effectiveness of the unique assembly system used by Absco. In Australia, this shed has been given a wind rating of W41 (C1) which we were very impressed with as it means that it’s designed to withstand cyclones, and is strong enough to resist winds of up to 91 miles per hour.
The SNAPTiTE assembly system is unique in shed installation in this country, and it can take a little getting used to. Simply put, it consists of individual metal panels which are slotted into channels and then tapped into place. These panels are then attached via pre-punched holes to form walls, without the need for screws in the top or bottom channel. Once into a rhythm we found it very easy to do, but it can be a little fiddly at first so be sure to read the instructions carefully.
As is usual with metal sheds there is no floor included, as it simply affixes onto a pre-existing concrete or paving base. All the screws are provided for this, which was good to see. In Australia a timber flooring kit is available as an optional extra, but unfortunately this isn’t available in the UK as yet.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
As the shed comes pre-painted there is no need for any additional treatment once the shed has been installed. With strong galvanised steel cladding we were expecting a long guarantee to be provided, but even so were very impressed with the 20 year warranty supplied. This means that the owner won’t have to worry about perforations resulting from rust for at least two decades after purchasing the shed.
Doors and Windows
When reviewing metal storage sheds, we pay special attention to the doors as they can potentially form a security weak point. In this case, however, we were very impressed. The entranceway is a single hinged door that dominates the left hand half of the front face, as you’re looking at it. Both the door itself and the hinges seemed strong, and it’s fully braced to provide extra protection. Thanks to the high eaves the doorway is tall and easy to enter into, and it opens to a width of 0.75m, which is as wide as some double doors on sheds we review. There are no windows included, which is in keeping with other metal stores.
Security and Privacy
We always like to see padlocks included or available as an optional extra, but as neither of those apply to this shed we would recommend that owners purchase a padlock from another source. The catch on the shed door is holed and padlock ready, and the window free design also boosts its secure credentials by making it impossible for people to see whatever may be kept inside.
Customisation Options and Extras
We would have preferred to see more optional extras available, such as a padlock or alarm and maybe even a timber flooring kit, but there are four items available to purchase along with the shed. The item that we feel will be most useful out of these options is the resin shelving storage unit. Featuring four strong shelves it allows the shed owner to make the most of the generous amount of vertical space inside.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
It’s easy to see why Absco have become so successful in Australia and New Zealand, as they use high quality components and provide a superior finish.
Longevity Of materials10/10
Metal sheds are known for their longevity, but the high quality galvanised steel used here ensures that the shed lasts for at least 20 years without rust and corrosion.
For a small shed with a compact base area, you can fit a lot in. That’s helped by both the pent roof and the relatively high eaves.
Ease of installation8.5/10
The SNAPTiTE system patented by Absco, is hailed as ‘the world’s easiest assembly system’. That might be the case after we have experience of using the system, but it can be a little problematic at first. You’ll need two people, and around three to four hours for the installation.
Value for money9/10
When the extra storage capacity and long warranty are taken into account, this represents excellent value for a metal storage shed.
Final Thoughts: We’re glad to see that Abso have now started selling their sheds in the United Kingdom, as this is a very good example of a small footprint metal storage shed. At first glance it seems to fade into the background thanks to its green colouring, but the extra height, strong hinged door, and lengthy warranty all help it stand out from the crowd. We would recommend supplementing its inbuilt security features with a strong padlock, but other than this, and the possible addition of set of shelves, there is nothing else to be spent once the shed has been installed onto a concrete base. If you want to see the best absco sheds currently on sale in the UK why not check out the WhatShed best absco shed league table.