This is an apex workshop that has some excellent features. Chief among these is the tongue and groove work throughout, as well as the fact that you also have two high quality opening windows. The building also benefits from thicker than average framing.
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How We Rate It
Ease of assembly8.3/10
Quality of construction10/10
Longevity of material8/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed type and roof and size
This building is in the workshop style and it has a pent roof. The width of the building is 238.8 cm (reduced to 234.4 cm internally) and the depth is 188.3 cm (reduced to 182.8 cm internally).
The pent roof is a great feature, and has the main role of sending rainwater off the building much quicker than with conventional roofs. It also means that, when you walk into the building, you walk into a building that offers a strong level of head height expansion.
There is a slight issue in that the roof material isn’t the strongest in the world, being solid sheet. It isn’t weak by any means, but we could handle the fact that it was solid sheet if there was more choice as regards covering. There isn’t, and you can only have green mineral felt. This is no pushover against the rain, but we think a little more thought could have gone into how the roof was presented. The pent aspect is excellent, but we would have preferred to see a little more stability in the actual build quality.
We were not impressed with the roof covering available though. There is only one, and that is mineral felt. This is not good news really, and is a bit of a let down when you consider that the building costs more than a few hundred pounds. Green mineral felt will help protect your roof, but there are other options that should have been included to help bring stronger levels of protection to both the roof and the interior.
Cladding and frame and floor
Tongue and groove cladding is included in the building. This is very durable and high quality cladding, and it does a very good job of protecting the interior. The key aspect of tongue and groove that you should understand as a consumer is that it interlocks very solidly. The planks used in tongue and groove cladding simply cannot bend, so you get the benefit of a strong and very durable surface. There’s not as great a water resistance a steer may be with other cladding, but this stuff is on the outer walls, and this therefore no real problem.
Another great feature is the thicker framing that has been included as part of the building. The framing thickness means you have a stronger building, and you’ll feel this when you are inside the building. Tough and rigid, it will withstand all weathers, and we think there is plenty of added value there for this price.
If you are able to manage the work (and have the expertise) you can opt to have the ‘no flooring’ choice that the manufacturer supplies. This literally means you have to source and install your own floor. If this fills you with dread, you can go for solid sheet, which is the reasonable strong plain flooring that should withstand most weights.
If you want to up the quality of the building significantly, we recommend the third option that BillyOh is offering here with the tongue and groove flooring. This will last a lifetime,and with the same level of quality as the outer walls (through the cladding) you’re looking at a robust flooring that won’t buckle or tie, and therefore makes of r jauch longer lasting shed. In our opinion, you’d be best advised to go for the tongue and groove.
Treatment requirement and warranty
Some excellent news here. The entire unit has been treated at the factory so you don’t have to worry about treating it every year.
Doors and windows
With this building you get one opening window. This window is of a good size, and it also has styrene glazing. This is good news because styrene is also a better quality material than even toughened glass. The styrene is also shatterproof too, and this means a lot. We like the fact that there is added security built into the glazing itself. And we think it adds value to the building.
A single personnel door is included a part of the building. This makes good sense, especially when you consider that the building also has double doors. This gives you plenty of versatility, and if you want to it is perfectly possible to create a building that has two sections in it, for two different kinds of storage.
Security and privacy
A pad bolt can be fitted, and this is a great level of security for the building. But on top of that, we reckon that the styrene glazing adds a certain level of security to the building. This stuff cannot be exaggerated as regards its toughness, and we feel that it makes for a more secure building
There is an option to have different colours for the building in the trim area and the walls of the building. There is a lot here that can really make for a personal building, and we feel that with some colours being as low as £7.95 in price, it’s a nice way of building in some individuality without hampering your budget.
You can add some value in choices when it comes to padlocks and padlock protectors. It is no big amount of choice, but it is at least a choice. The main area of customisation comes in the flooring choices that you have available.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Ease of assembly
Quality of construction
Longevity of material
Final Thoughts: We like this building, and we think the key selling point for the building is that personnel door alongside the double doors. Having that versatility in access means that you have the option of making two separate areas inside the building. That means better storage and more versatility.
The tongue and groove cladding works well, and this is a key aspect of the building. But the one key issue for us is the lack of choice in roof covering. We don't think it’s a deal breaker, but this building isn’t cheap, and we see no reason why we can’t have more choice in roof covering.