Shed Type, Roof Size
This pent metal shed has a wide front combined with a much shallower depth, but this in itself can make it a perfect fit for gardens that are restricted in length. The zinc plated finish can take on an almost white look in certain lights, which is very much in keeping with the latest fashions for home and garden.
At the top of the shed is a pent roof, which performs the very useful function of stopping rain or snow from sitting on top of the shed and potentially weakening the structure and causing corrosion. It also adds a little more head room, which is much needed with a peak height of 1.74m and an eaves height of 1.60m. The overall width of the shed is 2.98m and the overall depth is 1.19m, although the base will need to be at least 3.03 X 1.19m to allow for the overhang of the roof.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
One feature that we particularly liked about this shed was the cladding. Whilst still being lightweight, and therefore easy to manipulate during the installation process, the cladding thickness of 0.35mm was more than we see in many other metal sheds in this price bracket. The hot dipped galvanisation to which the core steel has been subjected resulted in a strong and sturdy build that should keep water out.
It was good to see that an anchor kit had been included as standard, as this isn’t always the case with the metal sheds we review. This allows the owner to install the shed immediately the flat pack arrives. If desired, however, the timber floor support kit can be used. This provides a frame on which timber boards, such as decking, can easily be placed, although do note that the boards themselves are not included. As the frame is elevated it helps protect the timber from the threat of rising moisture.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
Because we were so impressed by the quality of the galvanised cladding, we felt that the warranty against perforations caused by rust could have been a little longer than the 10 years provided by Yardmaster. Nevertheless, we wouldn’t be surprised to see this shed outlasting this guarantee. Being metal no annual treatment is required, unless a timber floor is installed which would then need yearly treatment with wood preservative.
Doors and Windows
The sliding double doors are positioned centrally in the front of this shed, and we feel that they could have been wider and taller. The door width of 1.20m is itself adequate, and means that wider goods can be transported inside without too much of a struggle, but it could have been even wider given the overall width of the shed itself. We found the height of the doors quite restrictive at 1.58m, although of course this is necessitated by the relatively low eaves height. There is no window included in this shed, although ventilation is provided through a series of holes drilled into the gable.
Security and Privacy
With its silver metallic appearance, the tough look of the shed may be enough to deter potential thieves, particularly as the windowless design makes it impossible for people to see what’s stored inside. This also means that the door is the only possible point of access, so we were pleased to find that it felt solid in our hands. Although the handles are padlockable no padlock is included, so we would recommend this as an essential purchase.
Customisation Options and Extras
Shelving is an important edition to this shed if you intend to use it as a storage space for your garden tools and equipment, as opposed to a bike store. That’s why we were pleased to see that a resin coated shelving unit is available as an optional extra. The dimensions of this unit are 2’6 X 1’8 and the four shelves are perfect for keeping smaller tools organised and in one place. Other extras available at the point of purchase are a wheelbarrow, water station, and wheel bearing tool rack, all of which can fit easily inside the shed when not in use.
The relatively thick, for a lightweight shed, galvanised cladding was a good indication of the quality of components used by Yardmaster.
Longevity Of materials
The pent roof, allied to the galvanised walls, should help keep rust away, even though the warranty only covers a 10 year period.
This is one of the widest sheds in Yardmaster’s metal range, but it’s also one of the shallowest and it’s also quite short. These facts, however, can be advantageous in a smaller garden.
Ease of installation
You’ll need two people to assemble this shed, but we were impressed by how quickly it fitted together. It took us approximately four hours, thanks to the clear instructions.
This is certainly not overpriced for a wide fronted metal shed made of high quality materials, especially as all the fixtures and fittings are included, but a longer warranty period would have added even more value.
Final Thoughts: Just one of the good things about this shed is that the customer can decide whether they want to keep the starkly modern look by using a concrete base, or add a warmer and more traditional feel by installing a timber floor. With its restricted headroom, this isn’t a shed that you’ll want to spend a long time inside, but its wide front makes it an excellent storage facility. If valuables are to be kept within you’ll want to add a padlock, and maybe even a shed alarm, but these in themselves aren’t expensive purchases. As an additional shed for extra storage, or a first time shed for a small or shallow garden, this represents good value.
Prices around: £299.99
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