The 8′ x 8′ Traditional Apex Security Shed is an ideal sized shed for those of you with somewhat limited garden space, but who also want a very secure and attractive looking place to store a whole load of items. Security is what this is all about and things like bikes, expensive garden toys and things like a mower will be kept safe from the weather, but also from any thieves who may be lurking in your area. Even though this is a shed based around offering security, it still is a fantastic looking structure that is sure to get many compliments from friends and family, especially about those incredible little windows that are on one side.
In order to make this such a robust structure, high quality materials have been used throughout. Starting with the felt covering, tongue and groove boards and all the way down to the flooring which is also made from tongue and groove boarding. In between this we have some incredible, tongue and groove shiplap cladding that is held up by just an amazing frame. The door is one of the most secure doors you will see thanks to the security bolted hinges that keep it in place.
What we rate
Ideal size for all types of garden
Roof and the floor is made with tongue and groove boards
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of materials8.5/10
Ease of installation8.5/10
Value for money8/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
Here we have the 8′ x 8′ Traditional Apex Security Shed which is a medium sized shed that has the benefit of offering just the right amount of storage space for the average person or family. The big difference this shed has over ones that are of a similar size is that this one here is all about giving you a secure place to store things. The inside of the shed is right about 8 feet in the width and also the depth which does give the shed a nice shape and also you a good amount of space to use. Height wise we are very pleased with the headroom that Treetops Traditional are giving you here. Along the ridge it is 8 feet 1 inch which is pretty incredible and actually the eaves at 6 feet 1 inch are quite high as well.
These sheds are quite high end and that shows with the boards that they use for the roof. Rather than using regular solid sheet boarding, Treetops Traditional have used tongue and groove boarding which aids in the security this shed provides. These are very strong boards and at 12 mm thick they also can take a great deal of weight so if it snows really bad, this roof can easily take it. On top of the boards there is roofing felt which we feel is more than good enough to take a real pounding from the rain.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
Tongue and groove shiplap cladding is becoming a real trademark of all Treetops Traditional sheds and we really love that. This cladding is 12 mm thick and it has that fine balance of being attractive and also very good at not allowing water inside and also it is able to take a bit of abuse from you hitting it with the mower or perhaps even the kids using it as a set of football goals.
A 44 mm x 27 mm frame that has rounded edges is keeping the shed together and doing a great job doing so we might add. This frame makes the shed very sturdy, so that if any potential thieves were to try and give it a smack they would see right away how secure this shed is. A frame is something that many people overlook, but trust us when we tell you a strong frame is essential to any shed that is supposed to last for many years.
The choice of materials on this shed is very impressive and just like they did with the roof, Treetops Traditional have used tongue and groove boards for the floor instead of solid sheet boarding. At 12 mm thick, those of you who are have a whole lot of heavy items you need to store then this floor is certainly going to be able to take it.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
A basecoat treatment is applied to all the redwood that makes up this shed and while we can appreciate this, you still need to treat the shed yourself. We always suggest that you do this sooner than later as putting it off one week can lead to one month and then before you know it your shed has taken a beating from the rain and rot can start to appear. So be sure to treat the shed and then also give it a fresh coat once a year to protect that lovely redwood.
A one year guarantee is included with the shed which will protect you against rot and any issues with the materials.
Doors And Windows
The door on the 8′ x 8′ Traditional Apex Security Shed is one of the most secure and solid doors that we have seen on a shed in quite some time. The hinges used here are security hinges so the door cannot be just pulled from the shed or start to sag after a few years. One thing that did surprise us a little was how high the door is, at 6 feet 1 inch this is a few inches higher than most shed doors. The width at 2 feet 6 inches will make getting those larger items into the shed not all that hard.
We know that when you looked at the picture, the windows were the first thing that caught your eye. These are incredible as they let in light to the shed, but they are small enough that no one can easily look inside or even break in through the windows. Speaking of break, the chances of this glass breaking is very slim as it is strong horticultural glass.
Security And Privacy
If you are interested in this shed and as you have made it all the way down here, you clearly are, then you obviously are looking for something that is going to offer security for bikes, a lawn mower and any other expensive things. Well we feel that this is one of the most secure and robust sheds you can get. To help make it more secure, Treetops Traditional have put a padlock protector right on the door. Which we know is great, but for some reason the shed does not come with a padlock.
As well as being a structure that is very secure this shed is also very private as those windows do not make it easy to look into the shed.
Customisation Options And Extras
When you are building the shed you can pick what side the windows will go on which is great. Also if you do want to give the shed your own little personal touch then select a coloured wood treatment. This way you can make the shed fit in with the other things in your garden and also protect the wood at the same time.
If building the shed is something you are not too keen on then there is an installation service available which costs, £99.99. Also a set of wooden floor bearers is available at a cost of, £43.99.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
We always know that a Treetops Traditional shed is going to be of a very high quality and this one certainly is.
Longevity Of materials8.5/10
With just a little bit of care, you will be able to keep your items secure for over 20 years. It really is quite incredible how long lasting these materials are.
This is a very decent sized shed that will be able to fit into most sized gardens and also if you plan where you store things the space really is quite vast.
Ease of installation8.5/10
We really do not see you having any problems installing this and with the help of a friend this will take you around 3-5 hours and actually should be a rather pleasant experience.
Value for money8/10
We do know that this is a bit on the pricy side, but the quality of materials used and the security it provides does make it good value for money in our eyes.
Final Thoughts: We all have those more expensive items such as mountain bikes, a top of the line mower or even just a whole load of kids garden toys that we would like to keep locked up in a more secure place than a regular garden shed. Well that is what the 8' x 8' Traditional Apex Security Shed is all about. You may be paying a little more than you would expect to with a shed of this size, but you are paying that little bit extra for the security that it is offering and also the very high quality materials that have been used. This is a shed that we really liked and while it is easy to just look at how secure it is, we must mention that this is actually a very well designed shed that has a great look. If a secure place is what you are in the market for then this shed is one you simply must consider.