Shed Type, Roof Size
What first impressed us about this metal storage shed is the size of it. Whilst we often review larger wooden sheds and metal workshops, this is the largest shed in the Shed Baron pent shed range and offers excellent storage capacity for a low price. The pent roof is also eye catching, as the white colouring of the roof and gable contrast nicely with the green body below. It’s not purely an aesthetic attraction of course, as it also ensures that rain slides away and in so doing helps stop rust occurring.
At its peak height, this shed is 1.98m tall which is almost as tall as some apex sheds we see. The eaves height is 1.78m, so moving around inside won’t be problematic for most. As the shed needs to be situated on level concrete, it’s also important to take note of the outer dimensions which are a width of 2.33m and a depth of 1.13m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
When we first began to assemble this shed we were concerned at how stable it would be. It’s a lightweight shed; this makes it easy to assemble, but some lightweight sheds can seem a little flimsy. Thankfully, we found this shed to be strong and stable when installed. It’s made of hot dipped galvanised steel with an overall thickness of 0.35mm. This may not sound much in itself, but the galvanisation process not only gives waterproofing qualities, it also enhances the structural toughness.
No floor is included, so many will want to erect this directly upon firm and level concrete. An optional steel foundation kit helps create a sound base, and there is also the option of an 8’ X 4’ timber floor kit. We found this a nice touch, making it easy for the customer to get the style of floor they really want.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
The galvanised body and pent roof both act to repel water away from the shed’s interior and in this way they discourage the formation of rust. For this reason, the manufacturer provides a guarantee against rust puncturing the cladding itself. No further treatment is required to keep this warranty valid, which will be a relief to people who have been used to brushing wood preservative onto their timber sheds every spring. During this review, we sought clarification from the manufacturer as to how long the guarantee lasts, but at the time of writing no final answer has been provided. All sheds come with a statutory 12 month cover, of course, but if you want confirmation of the complete warranty period we would advise you to contact the manufacturer directly.
Doors and Windows
We really liked two features about the doors, the first being their width. Shed Baron have provided double doors, bringing a significant advantage over single doors often found on metal sheds. They slid open smoothly, creating a width of 1.04m. When combined with their height of 1.70m, it means that it’s easy to move tall objects in and out, or even objects such as a mobility scooter, particularly when used in conjunction with the ramp. We also liked the fact that the doors are situated internally, giving them extra protection against accidental damage.
Don’t be put off by the lack of windows, as this is in itself a useful security feature. The gable ends are ventilated, and let a plentiful supply of fresh air into the shed making it comfortable to spend time in.
Security and Privacy
When reviewing sheds in this price range we don’t expect to see padlocks and alarms included as standard, although it would have been nice. The handles are holed, however, so they can easily accept a padlock bought separately. Opportune thieves often like to look at what’s inside a shed before deciding whether it’s worthwhile trying to break in or not, so this shed’s window free design can itself help to make it more secure.
Customisation Options and Extras
The optional extras available with this shed are all to do with the base that’s selected for the shed. We installed it upon a pre-existing concrete base, so all we had to purchase was a set of 16 rust free Hilti screws. For people having to construct their own base, however, the steel foundation kit contains everything needed.
If a timber floor is more to your liking, then it’s also possible to purchase a timber floor kit for £80. This is designed to be used on its own, so you won’t need a steel foundation kit as well. Bear in mind that the timber used will need to be treated to protect it from moisture in the ground.
This shed looks to be high quality on first sight, and after spending time with it that impression was confirmed. Every component is well fabricated, creating a surprisingly stable structure.
Longevity Of materials 9/10
The high quality galvanisation should ensure that rust is kept away, this prolonging the shed’s longevity.
We were pleased with the storage space that this shed affords, as the moderate depth is made up for by the width and height of this shed.
Ease of installation 8.5/10
We put this shed together easily in under four hours, and the secret is to read the instructions carefully before commencing the assembly, as some parts look quite similar.
At just over two hundred pounds for a shed with this much storage capacity, we have to commend its value for money. The money saved on annual treatments should also be taken into account.
Final Thoughts: We found a lot to like about this mid sized storage shed, from its high eaves and wide double doors, to the subtle and attractive colour scheme that helps it complement a garden. One feature we especially liked was the built in ramp. It’s strong and sturdy and makes it simple to manoeuvre objects in and out of the shed, which is especially useful for the elderly or those with mobility problems. With a choice of flooring options available as well, albeit as an extra to be purchased alongside the shed, it deserves serious consideration by those who have only used wooden sheds before.
Prices around: £289.99
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