Shed Type, Roof Size
When we review metal sheds we sometimes find that the depth and width are let down by a too restricted roof height, but that certainly doesn’t apply on this occasion. It’s an excellent shed for people who are looking to boost their storage options, but still want to keep to a tight budget. There’s also no need to compromise on appearance, as this shed looks attractive thanks to three well painted coats that add to the shed’s weather protection.
The apex also protects against rain, with rain simply bouncing off the surface and safely away. At its peak the apex measures 1.98m, and the eaves height, which is all important when it comes to maximising the storage space, is 1.78m. The overall width of the shed is 2.44m and the overall depth is 1.52m, so this represents the minimum space you’ll need when choosing a concrete area to act as the base.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were initially concerned that the cladding felt a little light and thin for a relatively well sized shed such as this, but we needn’t have worried. When the metal plates were constructed and assembled with the frame, which is approximately twice as thick as the cladding, the shed felt remarkably strong and sturdy.
No floor is provided as standard, and there is also no anchor kit which is a pity. There are however two flooring options which allow the owner to build a suitable concrete base if one isn’t already available, or to install a wooden floor.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
Because the cladding, roof and gable are all made from high grade hot dipped galvanised steel, the building as a whole is very resistant to water and is therefore much less likely to suffer from rust. One indication of this is the 20 year warranty provided against perforation from rust, a warranty that we really appreciated as it’s twice as long as some that we find on metal sheds we review. With no timber components, unless a wooden floor is added, there are no treatment requirements to worry about.
Doors and Windows
We liked the look of the double sliding doors, their cream matching that on the roof and gable, and also the smooth sliding operation that runs along rails sited internally. The door width is 1.04m and the door height is 1.70m, both of which are generous when compared to many other metal sheds. It means that there is no problem moving goods to and from the shed, and we found the entry and exit ramp strong underfoot and a welcome addition.
There is no window as standard, although the ventilated gables help to stop the interior from becoming too stuffy. There is, however, the option to add either a sliding window, skylight, or both. If these options are taken up, this shed could easily be transformed into a workshop.
Security and Privacy
Whilst we were pleased to see that window options were available, we also feel that the standard windowless design can add to the overall security of the shed, as does the internal setting of the doors, both factors which make it harder to gain unauthorised access. Of course, these measures will only be effective if used in conjunction with a padlock, bought separately, which can be fitted into the pre-holed handles.
Customisation Options and Extras
We always like to see optional extras available, and the first choice of extras concerns the base. If a level concrete area is already available then simply buy the Hilti screw and drill bit set. Alternatively, the steel foundation kit can be used to construct a suitable concrete base, and the timber floor kit makes it easy to install a wooden floor. Do note, however, that the timber itself will need to be purchase separately and you’ll also need a damp proof membrane.
There is also the choice, mentioned earlier, of adding a skylight or sliding window. We were pleased to find that these were made of tough styrene rather than standard glazing, giving a tough and shatter resistant finish.
Finally, the customer can choose to add either rear or corner shelving units. This does involve drilling holes in the cladding but it’s tough enough to withstand that. If you want to make the most of your space, then we’d recommend purchasing one or more shelves.
The cladding was tougher and more stable than it first appeared, and the pristine paintwork is another indication of the high quality of this shed inside and out.
Longevity Of materials 10/10
We feel that twenty years is a generous warranty period for a metal shed, yet it may last even longer without damaging rust appearing.
This is one of the largest metal sheds that we review in this price range, and the apex roof and option to add shelving all add to the storage capability.
Ease of installation 8/10
There are lots of constituent parts to this shed, but the instructions can sometimes be a little confusing as they refer to different sheds within the same range. Expect you and a friend to take at least six hours putting this shed together.
We were very impressed by the value for money offered by this shed, and the only negative on this point was the necessity to buy either a set of screws or a flooring kit at the same time as buying the shed.
Final Thoughts: It’s not often that we find a shed that has such a large storage volume available at under three hundred pounds. Adding to this value is the 20 year warranty against rust damage, which also gives the owner peace of mind especially when winter draws near. There are a host of features that we like, but one of the most useful and ingenious is the full width entrance and exit ramp. It makes it easy to use a wheelbarrow or trolley, and if an optional window is added we can easily imagine this building being used as a small scale warehouse or workshop facility.
Prices around: £309.99
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