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OK on to the full review. This tough looking metal shed has a modernist appeal that will make it a great choice for contemporary homes and gardens. The zinc finish creates an image of solidity that can help to ward off potential shed thieves, especially as the window free design ensures that nobody can see what’s stored within. The silver grey finish also provides an extra layer of protection against sun and rain.
Weather protection is all important, after all nobody wants a shed that is marked with rust. From the pitch of the apex roof downwards this is a shed that’s designed to withstand all of the elements. The cladding is made from super strength steel which water finds extremely difficult to penetrate, which is one reason that the manufacturers have been able to provide a warranty that lasts for 20 years.
One thing that we really liked about this shed, as well as its generous dimensions, was its SNAPTiTE assembly system. It’s unique to the Absco make and means that you can assemble this large shed much quicker than you might have expected, although we recommend reading the instructions carefully before you start construction so that you know how the ‘snap in place’ system works.
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of materials10/10
Ease of installation9/10
Value for money9/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type, Roof Size
This apex shed is unashamed of its metal roots, so you won’t find shades of green or brown here, just a bright and bold silvery finish. Nevertheless, we have to say that we found the Zincalume coating eye catching and attractive. It also gives the shed a tough, masculine look that we can imagine working as a deterrent to those whom you’d like to keep away from your garden buildings.
The apex roof is made of the same corrugated cladding as the walls, which means that it effortlessly channels water away from the interior. It also gives a little extra height, although we’re pleased to say that’s a property which isn’t in short supply on this shed. The ridge height is 2.06m and the eaves height is 1.80m. When finding a suitable level area to act as a base you’ll need to make sure that it matches the overall width of 2.25m and the overall depth of 3.00m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We’ve reviewed a few Absco metal sheds, and we’re always glad to see more being introduced into the UK market. The cladding on this premier shed is noticeably thicker than that used in others within their range, and than most metal sheds we review, so it gives great stability when constructed. An indication of the strength achieved by the toughened steel cladding and frame is that it’s been shown to withstand wind speeds of 90 miles per hour in tests conducted in its native Australia.
The cladding itself has a corrugated effect, but one thing that really stands out is how it fits together using a unique system known as SNAPTiTE. Cutting down on extraneous bolts and screws, the cladding simply snaps into place along an upper and lower channel. Once the simple technique is mastered it’s very easy to do, and as the tests show it’s also very strong once completed.
As with all metal sheds in this price range, there is no floor included, which means that you’ll need to have a pre-existing level area upon which to fix the shed. We were pleased to see that a full assembly kit is included, so you won’t have to pay extra for anchoring screws.
Rust Resistance and Warranty
This is a good looking shed when the sun gleams upon its metallic surface, so it’s important that it resists rust and therefore keeps its good looks. Its another area in which the shed scores highly, as both the roof and the cladding are very effective at repelling rain which in turn keeps corrosion away. We were very pleased to see that the manufacturer provides a 20 year warranty against perforations caused by rust, with no treatment required by the customer themselves, as this is twice as long as many warranties we find offered by other manufacturers.
Doors and Windows
There are no windows in this shed, but when the single hinged door is opened, it becomes flooded with light. That’s because the door, much like the shed as a whole, is more generously proportioned than most that we review. It’s height is a little less than six feet tall, and it has a width of 0.75m, which is as wide as some sliding double doors that we see. This means that you can easily move objects in and out, and you won’t have to worry about banging your head on the doorway which is a welcome relief. We also liked the fact that the door is solidly braced, so it will resist initial attempts to break into it.
Security and Privacy
The appearance of this shed is in itself a security feature, as is the lack of windows which keeps prying eyes out and the contents within private. Whilst we appreciated these security positives, we were less pleased to find that no padlock is included. The door comes fitted with a pad bolt, but this is designed purely to fix the door in place when closed rather than being lockable. It is holed and ready to accept a padlock, however, so we would recommend that as an essential extra purchase.
Customisation Options and Extras
We know that in Australia this shed comes with options to add a window, skylight, or timber floor support kit, all of which add extra value to the shed. It’s a little disappointing, therefore, that these accessories aren’t yet available in the UK, but one useful accessory that can be purchased with the shed is a four shelf stand alone racking unit. It’s tough and strong, and at 0.76 X 0.51m it allows you to make the most of all the vertical space that the shed provides.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
It’s easy to see why this manufacturer’s reputation is growing across the world, as there was a marked attention to detail which was very pleasing.
Longevity Of materials10/10
We found the metal cladding, while still relatively lightweight, to be very strong and durable, and the unique fitting system seems to make it even more resilient to rain and wind.
Some sheds we review fail to make the most of their base area because of a short eaves height, which is why we were happy to find tall eaves to complement the generous width and depth.
Ease of installation9/10
The SNAPTiTE assembly system is very different to traditional construction systems, so be prepared for it to feel a little fiddly at first. You’ll soon get into a fast rhythm, however, and two people should expect to take between four to five hours to assemble this shed.
Value for money9/10
We feel this represents very good value for money for a medium sized storage shed, especially as it’s backed by a long lasting warranty.
Final Thoughts: You may not have heard of the manufacturer, Absco, before, but they’ve become market leaders in Australia. With sheds like this in their roster, they could become just as successful in the United Kingdom as well. It lives up to its premier tag, in that there is a large amount of storage space available, and it’s easily accessible thanks to the unusually accommodating single hinged door. With an apex roof and toughened steel across the exterior, you can be sure that your contents will be kept dry within. Its stark zinc coloured design won’t blend into a garden background, but if, like us, you like its style then this is a good choice for your storage needs.