Shed Type, Roof Size
This apex roofed storage shed looks very different to many of the plastic sheds we see that are made by other manufacturers, and it’s no less attractive for that. Gone is the typical white PVC, and in its place is amber brown cladding underneath a black coloured roof. This gives it an almost traditional feel, so it should be a good choice for people who want the simplicity and ease of use that a plastic storage shed can bring but who still like the rustic appeal that’s traditionally been associated with garden sheds.
The apex roof itself caught our eye not only because of its contrasting colour, but also because of how tall it is. It has a ridge height of 2.14m, or seven foot, and an eaves height of 1.73m, so it’s easy to fit taller objects inside. The overall width of the shed, measured at the base, is 1.87m and the overall depth is 1.53m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
The cladding and frame are vitally important for sheds, as it’s this that creates the strength needed to withstand windy conditions among other things. That’s why we were pleased to see that the polycarbonate panels, which in themselves feel stronger than some that we see, were backed up by a frame made of galvanised steel and aluminium. This creates a very strong and stable structure, and yet one that’s also lightweight and easy to construct. The flooring too is made of polycarbonate sheet, but we were glad to see that it had a non-slip property which makes it a much safer surface to walk across, particularly when coming into the shed on a wet day.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
From the roof to the floor, the cladding used is very tough and highly effective at keeping precipitation out. That’s why although it was pleasing to see that the manufacturer’s have provided a 10 year warranty, we feel it could have been even longer. Once assembled, of course, there is no need for any future treatments to be carried out, and because the polycarbonate used is UV resistant there’s also no need to worry about the colour fading or changing over time.
Doors and Windows
We were glad to see that double hinged doors are used on this shed, rather than the single ones that we sometimes find on garden buildings of similar size, as this makes it much easier to get larger tools and equipment in and out. The opening width of 1.31m and opening height of 1.71m are both in excess of the average, and this can prevent the need to stoop when entering the door which in turn can lead to safer carrying.
Whilst there are no traditional windows there is a clear panel in the roof that acts as a skylight, and there are also vents at the front and back of the shed. This makes a big difference to the interior shed, which is bathed in natural light on sunny days. The natural ventilation provided is also a useful factor in the battle against condensation.
We were pleased to see a skylight used rather than a window, as this means that passers by will have no way of seeing what’s kept inside the shed. This can be a valuable security feature, but the feature we would most have liked to see is sadly missing. Although a pad bolt can be used to keep the doors shut the padlock itself isn’t included.
As mentioned above, we feel that a good quality padlock is an essential purchase along with the shed. It’s not just the fact that a padlock makes the shed much harder to gain unauthorised access to, the mere sight of one can be enough to make opportune thieves go in search of an easier and unprotected target. We were disappointed that there is no option to buy a lock directly with the shed, but they are easily obtainable for a price of less than twenty pounds.
The inclusion of an aluminium and galvanised steel frame is just one indication of the high quality components found across this shed.
Longevity of Materials
The substrates used are very durable, so we would have liked to see an even more generous warranty period provided by Palram.
There are much bigger storage sheds available, but they often come with much bigger prices attached, and this should have enough storage capacity for most small gardens.
Ease of Installation
We were glad to see that this shed can be assembled with a minimum of tools and a minimum of fuss. With a friend to help, you should be able to complete the installation process in around three hours.
We feel that this represents good value for a PVC shed that’s both attractive and durable.
Final Thoughts: From a distance it’s easy to mistake this plastic shed for a timber one, but its owners will soon come to appreciate the advantages that this brings over a wooden garden building. The first of these is just how easy it is to assemble, and of course once it’s up the job is complete for the lifetime of the shed. Even after a decade or longer this will look as good as on the day it was first constructed, and of course it’s completely immune to rust or rot. We found a lot to like about this shed, particularly the addition of the skylight will provides a lot of natural light without compromising the overall security.
Prices around: £349.99
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