Shed Type, Roof Size
This apex roofed shed gives a modern twist to any garden, thanks to its corrugated metal design with an eye catching zinc finish. It’s a classic styling based upon traditional timber sheds, and yet providing the benefits that metal sheds offer, such as being rot free without the need to apply treatments.
The apex also channels precipitation away, which can be especially useful in winter when flat roofs can have accumulations of snow sitting on them. It also adds a little more space, and the necessity of this is shown by comparing the ridge height of 1.89m with the eaves height of 1.63m. The overall width of the shed is 2.02m, and the overall depth is 2.37m. This also represents the flat area of concrete that you’ll need to erect the shed upon.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We weren’t surprised to find the metal used for the cladding light, or that it had a thickness of 0.35mm, as these are both standard features of low priced metal sheds. We were, however, surprised at how stable it was when assembled. Some metal sheds that we review can seem a little flimsy at times, particularly in windy conditions, but thanks to both the snug fit of the components and the tough zinc galvanised coating it was sturdy and strong. We also welcome the addition of a clear plastic resin, adding a further protective layer against the elements.
While no floor is included, the anchor kit is. It was a pity that there was no timber floor kit provided as some people prefer the warmth that wooden flooring brings, but affixing this to concrete was simplicity itself. A patio or flat paving area could be used as an alternative siting location.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
If you’ve never owned a metal shed before, you’ll be amazed at how much time and money it can save you when compared to timber sheds, as no re-treatment is required. The protection offered by the apex roof and galvanised cladding has enabled Yardmaster to give a 10 year guarantee against perforated rust, but with such good quality components used we would have preferred this to be a little longer.
Doors and Windows
When reviewing this shed the sliding double doors were one of the first things we noticed, as they dominate the front gable end. We liked the way that they were inset from the body of the shed itself, sliding internally, as this gives protection against accidental damage caused by knocks and bumps. The width of the doors is 0.79m, and they have a height of 1.58m. This height equates to 5’2 so taller people will have to bend to get in and out.
There are no windows on this shed, but that’s a design feature we often find on smaller metal sheds designed for storage purposes. There are, however, tiny holes across the front and centre of the shed, allowing ventilation in and helping to regulate the internal temperature.
Security and Privacy
We were glad to see that the handles had been holed ready for a padlock, even though one isn’t supplied as standard. Both the window free nature of this shed, and the internal fitting of the sliding door, act as security features, making it more difficult for intruders to gain access. The lack of windows also makes it impossible for those outside to ascertain what’s inside, which itself can act as a useful deterrent.
Customisation Options and Extras
The first extra we would recommend buying with this shed, as mentioned above, is a padlock, but this needn’t be an expensive addition to your purchase. Dual padlock and alarm systems, made by big name manufacturers like Yale, are readily available at less than thirty pounds.
The thin metal cladding of the shed doesn’t allow shelving to be screwed to it, which is why it was good to see that a stand alone shelving unit is offered as an optional extra. For £68.99, you can buy a resin coated four shelf set measuring 2’6 X 1’8. For additional storage options, there is also a portable tool rack, on wheels, available.
Yardmaster are known for the high quality of their sheds, and although this is mid range in terms of size, it confirms their reputation.
Longevity Of materials
With even the screws being made of stainless steel, and therefore rust free, this is a shed that will stay looking good for a considerable length of time. Thicker cladding would have further increased this durability.
Whilst the width and depth are both accommodating, the height was restricted. Nevertheless, the apex roof gives a little more space, and this is a good choice for small gardens.
Ease of installation
We are used to assembling sheds, and between two of us put this together in around five hours, but if you are new to shed assembly then you might want to allow an extra hour or two. There are both illustrations and written instructions provided.
This represents good value for money for a well made metal shed, although the overall cost will be increased slightly if you buy a padlock as recommended.
Final Thoughts: Silver is an increasingly popular colour, as we see every day on the roads, and the zinc cladding on this shed really looks good. It’s also very waterproof, particularly in conjunction with the apex roof at its summit. If you’re going to store anything valuable in this shed then a padlock really is a necessity, and adding shelving can also increase the amount of tools and equipment that can be stored. Other than these two additions, there will be no further costs once the shed is assembled, making it ideal for people looking for a low cost yet long lasting storage option for their small or medium sized garden.
Prices around: £299.99
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