Shed Type, Roof Size
We were very impressed by the dimensions of this metal storage shed, and therefore by its versatility. Many 8’ sheds that we review are restricted by a shallow depth or low height, but this shed is accommodating throughout. It’s also very well painted, both outside and inside, and because the interior is painted in the cream colour, rather than the dark green predominantly used on the exterior, it looks lighter from the moment you step inside.
The apex roof summit performs two functions: it ensures that rainwater can’t sit on the surface where it could potentially lead to rust, and it creates extra storage and headroom. The ridge height is measured at 1.98m, and the eaves height at a generous 1.78m. Other dimensions to note, because you’ll need them when choosing a suitable area for a base, are the overall width of 2.33m and the overall depth of 2.06m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We often find that the cladding used on Shed Baron’s Grandale sheds is thinner and lighter than that used by other manufacturers. We also find however, that the shed feels surprisingly strong and solid when assembled. This was certainly true here, which shows how effective the hot dipped galvanisation process is at toughening up the core steel. We were pleased to see that the cladding, frame, gable and roof were all made of galvanised steel, although the frame of course was thicker than the cladding.
There is no floor supplied, but neither is there an anchor kit. We would have liked to see this included as it means that an additional purchase is necessary to affix the shed to a suitably flat concrete surface. As well as the anchor kit, consisting of a set of Hilti screws, the customer can optionally purchase a steel foundation kit, allowing them to construct a suitable base if one doesn’t exist, or a timber floor kit. This kit creates a frame on which to install a wooden floor, although it’s important to note that the timber itself isn’t included.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
We were especially pleased to see that a 20 year warranty against rust damage is supplied with this shed, as we more frequently see 10 or 12 year warranty periods provided on a metal shed. This not only gives peace of mind to the owner, it shows the confidence that the manufacturer has in its durability. As with all metal sheds, there are no treatment requirements after purchase.
Doors and Windows
The double sliding doors were one of the first things that struck us. Internally fitted with the sliding mechanism hidden away, which in itself makes them more secure, they were larger than we often find on the sheds we review. Their total width is 1.04m and the door height is a head saving 1.70m. Another useful feature was the ramp that comes out from the door. This makes it easy to use a wheelbarrow, available to buy as an optional extra, or a trolley to move goods in and out.
There are no windows in the basic version of the shed, although there is an option to add a sliding window or skylight. Even without a window, we didn’t find the shed stuffy or uncomfortably hot, and that’s because of the ventilation panels situated in the gables.
Privacy and Security
If you’re concerned about shed security, and it makes sense to be if you’re storing anything valuable inside, then you’ll want to add a padlock. While one isn’t supplied with the shed, the handles are holed so that it’s easy to fit one. The lack of windows and the internally fitted doors both act to boost security by making it harder to gain unauthorised access or see what’s inside.
Customisation Options and Extras
As well as the flooring options mentioned above, there is also the option to add shelving. We like this, as shelving can greatly increase the amount of tools and equipment you can store, particularly in a relatively tall shed such as this one. There is a choice of purchasing a four shelf stand alone unit, or buying corner or rear shelves that can be screwed directly onto the frame.
Whilst the window free design automatically boosts security, many people enjoy having natural light in their shed. That’s why it was good to see options for a sliding window or skylight. Both of them utilise styrene glazing that provides tougher protection than standard glass.
We were impressed by the quality shown throughout this shed, from the galvanised cladding to the flaw free paintwork.
Longevity Of materials 9.5/10
With galvanised cladding used throughout, and the added rain protection from an apex roof, the structure is very durable, as shown by the long warranty provided.
It was good to see that the headroom wasn’t restricted, and that’s also good news for the overall storage capacity. Even tall items can easily be stored.
Ease of installation 7.5/10
Larger metal sheds such as this are always going to include lots of components, and that’s certainly the case here so read the assembly instructions carefully. Between two of us, we took just under five hours to complete the installation.
The long warranty adds even greater money to this shed, but there will need to be additional expense for an anchor or flooring kit.
Final Thoughts: We feel this is an impressive shed for people looking for a larger than average storage space for their garden, but who don’t want to spend much more than three hundred pounds. If the budget will stretch a little further, then the addition of a sliding window makes the shed even more versatile. You could use it as a mini workshop, or a place to pursue a hobby. The inbuilt ventilation also helps to make this an environment that you’ll be happy to spend time in, and it also protects goods that could be affected by excessive heat or by condensation.
Prices around: £329.95
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