Shed Type, Roof Size
Shed-Plus are renowned for making good quality and yet great value sheds, but most of their sheds feature overlap cladding, so we were pleased to see that the quality was even better with this shiplap clad shed. The apex roof also helps keep precipitation away from the interior of the shed itself, and together they create an excellent and long lasting barrier, especially as the green mineral felt supplied felt strong and durable.
The roof itself is made of solid material sterling board, which is affordable and yet offers adequate weather protection. At its peak the roof is 2.01m with an eaves height measuring 1.65m. The door of the shed has a height of 1.63m, and a width of 0.66m. This is more than enough to move objects such as lawn mowers or wheelbarrows in and out, but be careful not to bang your head if you’re tall. The overall width of this shed is 1.33m, and the overall depth is 1.84m, both including the overhang.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were delighted to find a shed in this price range featuring shiplap cladding. The tongue and groove nature of this cladding is a step up from overlap cladding, and so would usually command a higher price. The joints are machine made to a very high standard and simply lock into place, so there’s no room for water to get through. Once constructed, the shed felt very solid and stable, which is in part due to the 11mm cladding used, allied to a 28 X 28mm standard frame.
The floor, like the roof, is made of solid material OSB. This felt reassuringly firm, and means that there is no need to worry about spillages finding their way through floor boards. With pressure treated joists there is also protection against moisture coming the other way, from the ground below.
Treatment Requirements And Warranty
We would have loved to see the whole shed pressure treated as well as the integral floor joists, as this ensures that the preservative gets into the heart of the wood to give long lasting protection against rot. The body of the shed itself, however, has instead been dip treated with preservative. This is to be expected with a budget priced shiplap shed, and it should still offer protection during the first year. After this, however, the shed owner will need to keep up annual preservative treatments themselves. If they do so, their shed will be protected by a 10 year anti-rot warranty supplied by Shed-Plus.
Doors and Windows
The double hinged door is positioned centrally in the front panel of the shed, and is easy to install and then use. It features a pad bolt system, but this is purely used for fastening the door and keeping it shut rather than being suitable for security purposes.
There is one fixed position window included, with dimensions of 0.61m square; as the side panels are interchangeable the window can be positioned on either the right or the left. When reviewing sheds, we prefer windows that let a good amount of natural light in without opening up the interior too much to prying eyes. This window was the perfect size to achieve this, being positioned at the top of its shed panel.
Security and Privacy
Shed security is becoming increasingly important, as a cursory glance at local newspapers will show, so the pad bolt system included should not be relied upon itself. Supplementing it with a padlock will make the shed much more secure. The window offers an adequate level of protection itself, as it consists of safe styrene glazing. This also ensures that it is less likely to shatter, which can be an important feature if you are likely to have children or pets in and around the shed.
Customisation Options and Extras
With the security concern noted above, we were pleased to see that a padlock and security kit is available as an added option. The Yale kit is of particularly high quality, and features an audible alarm as an extra line of defence against opportune burglars.
Colour can easily be added thanks to a choice of two shades of wood stain on offer. These cover both ends of the wood colouring spectrum, being harvest gold and dark brown. We found that the shiplap cladding of this shed felt particularly smooth to the touch, so it may prove beneficial to sand the timber slightly to aid the application and longevity of any paint or stain applied.
If you’re particularly concerned about environmental matters then you’ll be pleased to know that this shed is made of European softwood. You’ll also be pleased to know that an optional guttering system is available for this shed. This will allow you to collect water from rainfall, and use it to water your garden and plants.
We were surprised at the quality apparent in every component of this shed. No corners have been cut, from the tough roofing felt to the perfectly interlocking tongue and groove cladding.
Longevity Of Materials 8.5/10
The floor joists have a good level of protection from rot thanks to their pressure treatment, whereas the remainder of the shed has been dip treated so will need to be re-treated on a regular basis.
This certainly isn’t the largest shed you’ll find, yet the apex roof helps to give a little more room, and it is more than adequate for stowing a mower and selection of tools.
Ease Of Installation 9/10
Shiplap sheds can sometimes take a little longer to construct, yet thanks to the very easy to follow instructions that are included with the fittings, this one was very quickly installed. Allow two days for two people to complete the installation.
For this price you would probably expect an overlap shed, so this represents exceptional value for a shiplap shed, even one that is at the smaller end of the scale.
Final Thoughts: A shiplap shed such as this offers a modern solution to the battle against the elements. We found that the tongue and groove cladding on this shed fitted easily yet snuggly together, so it will be very effective at preventing any water ingress. At 11mm thick, the cladding felt strong and secure as well, so it would be a great choice for gardens that are situated in more exposed areas. A padlock and alarm system is highly recommended, but once purchased this will be a secure environment to store all of your garden tools and equipment. If you are looking for a smaller shed for a smaller garden, or even an auxiliary storage facility, then this is well worth looking at.
Prices around: £329.99
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