Shed Type, Roof Size
This mid to large sized metal apex shed is built to withstand all that the UK climate can throw at it, and yet it can blend nicely into a garden background. The corrugated nature of its cladding is made less obtrusive by the dark green paintwork, and we found it pleasing on the eye.
One thing we couldn’t help but notice was that while this shed is quite wide and deep, it isn’t tall. This itself needn’t be a problem for people who don’t plan on storing tall items or who want a fence to obscure their shed for security reasons, but it means that you don’t have a lot of headroom when inside. The ridge height of the apex roof is 1.93m, but the eaves height is only 1.63m. The overall width of the shed is 2.42m and the overall depth is 2.17m, so this is the minimum footprint you’ll need for a concrete base.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
Thin clad metal sheds such as this can occasionally seem a little flimsy when constructed, but we found the opposite to be true here. Once fully assembled, the whole seemed firm and stable, which is very reassuring if it’s going to be situated in an exposed area. The reason for its toughness is the hot dipped galvanisation during which the steel has been bonded with zinc. This also helps improve the cladding’s rain repellency.
We were pleased to see that the customer has two choices when it comes to what kind of floor they’d like. The anchor kit, which includes rust free screws, allows the frame to be affixed directly onto a level area of concrete or paving. Alternatively, however, the customer can install the floor support kit. This creates a slightly raised frame upon which timber boards can be placed. The boards themselves don’t come with the kit, but cut to size decking boards are a good and inexpensive choice, because they often come in a tanalised state which helps keep moisture out.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
Yardmaster have supplied a 12 year warranty with this shed, which indemnifies it against the appearance of perforations that have been caused by rust. We were glad to see this, as even though some metal sheds have even longer warranty periods, this is still two years longer than that we see on many sheds we review. There’s no need to carry out treatments, unless a timber floor is installed which would then require coatings of wood preserver periodically.
Doors and Windows
There are no windows on this shed, so you may find it useful to have a torch hung up inside, although when the doors are open natural light floods in and reflects from the off white painted interior walls. We found the double doors very smooth in operation, and were pleased that they had been fitted internally. This not only looks neater, it also makes it more difficult to remove them to gain access. The doors had a width of 1.01m, which is more than adequate for most goods, and a height of 1.58m which we would have preferred to see a little taller although it’s necessarily restricted by the eaves height.
Security and Privacy
We are always pleased to see the lack of windows in metal storage sheds, as it means that there is now way that passers by can see what’s inside. In our opinion, this makes it less likely that opportune thieves will select this shed as a potential target. Even so, we would have liked to see the inclusion of a padlock to add extra security, especially as the handles are pre-holed and ready to accept one.
Customisation Options and Extras
We would recommend a padlock as the first additional purchase, although it will have to be purchased separately to the shed itself, but another optional extra that we would recommend is a shelving unit. For an additional £68.99, you can have a four shelf resin coated unit with dimensions of 2’6 X 1’8. It’s tough and solid, and can easily be positioned anywhere in the shed that it will be of most use. A tool rack on wheels is also available, which can be another aid to keeping the shed’s interior organised and tidy.
The high quality paintwork is one indication of the high quality workmanship that’s gone into this shed, and the use of rust free screws shows the welcome attention to detail.
Longevity Of materials
The combination of an apex roof and hot dipped galvanised cladding creates excellent durability, so it wouldn’t surprise us to see this shed lasting longer than its 12 year warranty without rust appearing.
The spacious floor area gives room to store a lot of tools or equipment, or even a bicycle or two, but the vertical space could have been more generous.
Ease of installation
The instructions, a mixture of text and illustrations, were relatively easy to follow, and so you and a friend can expect to have this assembled in approximately four to six hours.
We feel this represents good value for money for a well fabricated shed, especially with the inclusion of the support kit for a timber floor.
Final Thoughts: Whether you’re looking for a no nonsense storage place in which to store your garden equipment, or a metal shed that allows you to add the traditional warmth of a wooden floor, this could be the garden building for you. While we would certainly have welcomed a little more headroom, this isn’t a problem if you are going to use the shed primarily for storage purposes. The wide opening double doors make it easy to get into all corners of the shed, aiding quick retrieval although you’ll probably have to bend down a little when doing so. With the addition of a good quality padlock this can be both attractive and secure.
Prices around: £369.99
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