Shed Type, Roof Size
We always welcome strong and secure metals sheds such as this, especially in times when garden building break ins are purported to be on the rise. It looks tough, which can itself prove to be a useful deterrent against the typical thief looking for an easy target, yet we also found it quite pleasing on the eye. That’s thanks to the adoption of an olive green paint scheme that helps it blend in with a garden, and the perfectly applied paintwork also provides an extra barrier against rain or snow.
One of the main defences against rain comes from the pent roof, as its subtle pitch carries rainwater away rather than allowing it to sit on the surface where it could eventually cause rust. It has a ridge height of 2.04m and an eaves height of 1.74m and whilst we have reviewed taller sheds this should still have enough room to store even the tallest garden implements and equipment. The overall width of the building is 1.83m, which is on the side containing the door, and the overall depth is 2.65m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were very impressed with the cladding of this shed, and that’s because it has three distinct layers which all add extra strength. The first of these layers is the galvanised metal itself, which is steel that’s been bonded with zinc. This is then covered with PVC and finally topped with thick coatings of paint. The end result of this is cladding that’s 50% thicker, and therefore 50% tougher than that which we see on many other metal sheds we review. It’s also fire resistant to classes 0 and 1, which makes it an ideal storage space for flammable materials such as some paints and varnishes.
There is no floor attached, which is as we’d expect, although it was good to see that a wooden floor is available as an optional extra for those who like the traditional look and performance of timber. You’ll need a flat area of concrete or paving of at least 1.83 X 2.65m on which to install this shed.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
One of the things we like most about metal sheds is that they’re treatment and maintenance free. That means that you’ll save time and money when compared to the annual treatments required by many wooden garden buildings. With the pent roof and tough cladding also having excellent waterproof qualities we did expect a long anti-rust warranty to be provided, but we were still pleased with the inclusion of a long 25 year warranty which in our opinion provides added value and added peace of mind.
Doors and Windows
The front of this shed is dominated by double metal doors, and whilst we found the door width of 1.39m accommodating we would have liked to see taller doors. We appreciate, however, that this is restricted by the 1.74m eaves. Whilst you may have to bend a little to get inside, it’s still quite easy to move items in and out. There are no windows, so although light enters when the doors are open you may want to have a torch or artificial light source inside. There are, however, ventilation panels on the gables so the interior does feel pleasantly airy even on a warm day.
With security so important today, we welcomed the lack of windows as a useful security feature. In effect it makes this suitable for use as a security shed, especially as it includes a secure key operated lock as standard. It means that the shed not only looks tough, it also acts tough. If you have valuable items that you’d like to store away in your garden, then this will help to alleviate any worries that you might have about their safety.
As stated above, the standard version of this shed is one of the most secure that we’ve seen, but there are even more security options available for those who want to take a belt and braces approach to keeping their tools and equipment safe. The first of these is a hasp and padlock system, which means that you’ll have not one but two strong locks in place. The second option is an infrared alarm system, and at just £24.49 we think this represents good value for money.
As well as the wooden floor mentioned earlier, there is also the option to add a perfectly sized wooden workbench and a shelving unit amongst other items. We think the shelving in particular is a useful item as it helps keep the shed tidy and well organised.
This is a well fabricated metal shed, and the three distinct layers demonstrates the attention paid to quality.
Longevity of Materials
The use of PVC and thick paint on top of galvanised metal is very effective at rust prevention, as shown by the provision of a 25 year warranty period.
We have reviewed many larger and taller metal sheds, but this still has enough space to meet a small to medium sized garden’s storage needs.
Ease of Installation
By following the clear instructions, and with a friend’s help, you can complete this installation in between four to six hours.
This is a well made and well designed metal shed and it should prove to be very durable too, but we have reviewed larger metal sheds that cost significantly less money.
Final Thoughts: Garden tools and equipment can be very costly, so if you’re planning to store them conveniently in a garden shed it’s vital that the shed is very secure. That’s why we feel this particular metal shed can prove invaluable. It’s one of the most secure garden buildings that we’ve seen, and that’s even before the optional extras of a padlock and alarm system are added. It doesn’t just give security against burglars, but against the elements as well. The cladding is very tough and durable, and we were pleased to see that it comes with a very reassuring 25 year warranty that shows just how confident the manufacturer is in it.
Prices around: £1499
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