Shed Type And Roof Size
Here we are looking at the BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed. This shed is actually available in many different sizes, but the one we are taking a close look at today is the 10 x 8 version. This has that classic shed look which is something of a staple of the BillyOh line. The width is 8 feet 6 inches and the depth is 9 feet 10 inches so inside the shed you have a very nice amount of floor space. One of the things we like about this floor space is that it means you could actually use this shed as a workshop as well as a place for storage. Along the ridge of the shed the headroom on offer is 6 feet 9 inches which is perfect, but the eaves is a little low at 4 feet 11 inches. Still we assume most people will have tables and shelving along the wall so we really do not see it being much of a problem.
There is a good sized apex roof on this shed which will keep the rain from sitting on top. As this is part of the BillyOh range there is a number of customisation options available. The standard roof that comes with the shed is a simple, but effective, solid sheet boarding roof. But you can upgrade this to a 11 mm thick tongue and groove boarded roof for only £34.99. They do also offer heavy duty roof boards, but these are higher priced at £57.99. In all honesty while the tongue and groove boards look much nicer, if you do not care what the roof looks like then we are sure you will be happy with the standard boarding. You will also have to add on roofing felt. The cheapest option for this is sand felt which comes in at £25.99.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
Like most other BillyOh sheds, the BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed is made with tongue and groove shiplap cladding. We really like the look of this cladding and feel it does give the shed something of a workshop vibe to it. The cladding is also very well made and in addition to being thick and strong. It will not allow any rain, snow or anything else the weather can throw at it inside the shed.
Inside the shed is a very solid frame which you can clearly see from the pictures. Strangely there is no actual mention to the dimensions of this frame, but at the very least you are looking at 28 mm x 28 mm. The framing along with the cladding connected to it really do make this one very solid shed that will have a really sturdy and long lasting feel to it.
One of the “things” about the BillyOh range is that they more often than not do not include a floor as standard with their shed. You have to add one as an extra and this is the case here. At £79.99 the cheapest flooring the have is solid sheet boarding which is the same as the roof. For most people this is fine although some may find it a little weak. If you want something a little stronger and better looking then they have 11 mm thick tongue and groove flooring which costs £99.99. Also if you plan on running regular wrestling matches in your shed and you want a floor that can really handle it. Then they do have a phenomenally thick 19 mm thick tongue and groove flooring. This costs £169.99, but it is some of the highest quality flooring you can get in a shed.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed will require a coating of wood treatment shortly after you have installed it. We always suggest trying to get it done within a day or two of installing the shed. Once a year a fresh coating of wood treatment should be applied. It will not take you very long and as long as you do this, you will have a shed that will give you a lifetime of use.
The shed comes with a ten year anti rot warranty which is the standard for BillyOh sheds. You will have to treat it in order to make this valid, also this particular shed makes it a point to mention that if you choose to purchase it without a floor the warranty may not be valid, depending on where you install the shed on your property.
Doors And Windows
The front of the shed has a set of double doors. At 5 feet 7 inches high and 3 feet 8 inches wide, we feel that these are some very impressive double doors. Each door is kept in place by three silver hinges and on the back is some standard framing to help keep the doors strong. We do feel that they could have used some z framing on the back of the doors, but as long as you are not slamming the doors 24/7, we are sure you will not have any issues.
This particular model of the BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed actually comes with two styrene windows on one side. Located right in the middle, we like the placement and the design of these windows. It is also worth mentioning that this shed can also be purchased windowless which will knock £10 off the overall price. To be honest with you for the sake of £10, we would just add the windows.
Security And Privacy
While the design of the shed is fine, we do wish that they put something a bit stronger on those large double doors. As standard all you get is a simple turn button catch, which will keep the doors closed, but not locked. If you want to add a lock then a hasp and staple is the way to go. This is cheap and you can easily add a padlock onto it. If you have some expensive tools or even the kids bikes in here, we suggest you think about adding a lock.
Even if you do act like a big spender and pay the extra £10 for the windows, we feel that this is still a very private shed. The windows are not that big and they could easily be covered with a set of blinds or just a bit of fabric if you did want some privacy.
Customisation Options And Extras
We have already touched on the major customisation options with the roof and floor, but they also let you have some fun and play with the colour as well. They have a range of trim and shed colours for you to choose from and as you have to treat the shed anyway. We suggest you have a good look at these. They have your standard colours like Dark Brown and Harvest Gold, but they also have things like Gun Metal Grey and American Barn Red which are a little more exciting.
Put your feet up and get comfy because we have a lot of extras to talk about when it comes to the BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed. First of all is their guttering options. You can add guttering to one or both sides of the shed. It is £51.99 for one side and £104.99 for both. If you are a little worried about the area you are installing the shed on then they do offer a pretty good shed base for a cost of £69.99. If you are installing the shed on grass then we highly recommend you consider this base. Also if you do want to get your security the same time you get your shed, then they do actually have a very decent padlock and hasp set for only £4.99.
If you just took all of the basic options for the floor and the roof then this is still a pretty good quality shed, especially for the price. Of course you do have the benefit to make it extra high quality by using their highest quality floor and roof boards.
Longevity Of Materials
We do feel that this is a shed that can give you a lifetime of use. But in order for this to happen, you have to remember to look after that wood by giving it a fresh coating of wood treatment once a year.
10 x 8 is a very good amount of storage space and ideal for those who want a lot of space, but do not want the shed taking up the whole garden. We do wish the eaves were a little higher, but to be honest this is a minor complaint.
Ease Of Installation
With a friend helping you out you are most likely looking at 6 hours at the very most. It can be a little confusing in places, but just take your time, read the instructions and take as many tea breaks as you need.
If you add the basic floor and roofing felt, then the shed comes to £524.98, which is not a bad price at all. Of course this price and shoot up if you add higher quality “upgrades” to the shed.
The BillyOh Master Tongue and Groove Apex Shed is a shed that we really do like. Even in its most basic form, we feel this is a shed that offers a good amount of storage space and that it has a great look. While we really do think this is a smart looking shed and the price is very reasonable, we must say that this does require quite a lot of work to make sure that you have all the parts you need such as the roofing felt, the floor a suitable base and so on. For some people this will be a huge chore and really turn them off, but for those of you who like this sort of thing, then you will really be in your element here as this shed really does let you pick and choose many different things so you get the shed that you really want.
Prices around: £215
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