Shed Type, Roof Size
This attractive metal storage shed is the largest within Yardmaster’s range, which makes it a very versatile garden building. It can, of course, be used to store a large number of garden tools and equipment, but because of its generous dimensions it could easily be used to house objects such as bicycles, ride on lawnmowers or mobility scooters in a weatherproof environment.
Despite its large surface area of more than 70 square feet, it felt a little cramped inside, but this is down to the shed’s relatively low height. Although the apex roof does give a little extra space the ridge height is measured at 1.93m and the eaves height at only 1.63m. For more accommodating dimensions, look at the overall width of 2.26m and the overall depth of 2.67m.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
When we review lightweight metals sheds one of the key indicators we look for is how strong and stable the shed feels once it has been assembled. The cladding seemed light and quite thin, yet we were impressed by how strong it was in its installed state. This reflects the high quality hot dipped galvanisation that the original steel has been subject to, and we were pleased to see that the same galvanised metal is used throughout the shed and not only on the walls.
We sometimes find that metal sheds don’t include the anchor kit needed to affix them to a suitably flat concrete surface, but rather that the customer is expected to buy them separately. That isn’t the case here, thankfully, as a full anchor kit is supplied, including rust resistant screws.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
The screws aren’t the only rust resistant features of this shed, as the galvanised cladding not only creates increased toughness it also gives excellent protection against the ingress of water. With the sloping roof also stopping water from getting inside the shed, it’s no surprise that Yardmaster have been able to provide a lengthy warranty against perforations that have been caused by rust. Even so, we were pleased to see that a 12 year warranty is provided, with no treatment requirements on the part of the customer, as we commonly find that 10 year guarantees are provided on low cost metal sheds.
Doors and Windows
The double doors, in a contrasting cream colour to their green surrounds, were one of the first features to strike us, and we loved their width of 1.01m. This is considerably more than some other double sliding doors we see and is a real time and effort saver when it comes to the storage and retrieval of bulky or wide objects. On the other hand, the door height of 1.58m means that you have to manipulate taller objects to get them through, as well as having to stoop to walk inside. By design there are no windows to this shed, although the doorway lets natural light flood in when the sliding doors are open.
Security and Privacy
We take shed security seriously, after all it’s a major concern for shed owners across the United Kingdom. That’s why we would have liked to see a padlock included as standard, although we know that the absence of a padlock is a common feature among metal sheds in this price range. The handles are holed so that a padlock can easily be added, and the absence of windows mentioned above acts as a security feature in that it means nobody will know if you have anything of value stored within the shed.
Customisation Options and Extras
Other than a padlock, which is the main extra we’d recommend and which will have to be purchased separately to the shed itself, we believe that most people will benefit from the optional shelving unit offered. It consists of four resin coated shelves, and means that small tools can be stored vertically, making the most of the space the shed has to offer. On a similar note, a tool tray on wheels is available, which is also a boon when it comes to keeping your shed tidy and organised.
We could tell that high quality components were used throughout this shed, as evidenced by the solid feel of it after assembly.
Longevity Of materials
Whilst the cladding is quite light, its galvanised nature should keep rain and therefore rust at bay for many years to come.
The depth and width allow you to store a large number of items inside, but we found that the low doors and eaves can make it difficult to move taller objects in and out.
Ease of installation
We expected a lot of screws with a shed of this size, but the sheer number in this flat pack kit made installation quite time consuming. It took two of us just under six hours, but we advise reading the instructions thoroughly before starting.
With the anchor kit and all fixtures and fittings included, a padlock and possibly a shelving unit are the only additional items that need purchasing. That makes this shed good value for money in our opinion.
Final Thoughts: If you spend a lot of time in your garden, then a good quality garden shed is a necessity. If you’ve never had a metal shed before then you’re sure to be impressed with the advantages that they bring, and with the time and money you save through not having to carry out retreatments on an annual basis. This shed brings more advantages than most thanks to its above average width and depth, although we did find the lack of headroom to be a hindrance once we were inside. We found the colour scheme attractive as well, and we liked the fact that even the screws were rust resistant. These little details are a sign of the overall quality on offer.
Prices around: £369.99
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