With a very strong and sturdy design, the Hartwood 6′ x 4′ FSC Premium Overlap Apex Shed is one very good looking shed with its overlap cladding giving it something of a rustic kind of charm that you just do not get with many modern sheds. The storage space that this offers is perfect for a family or a person who just wants to have somewhere secure to keep some of their tools, mower or other items they want to keep free from water and out of the sight of thieves. Even though you have plenty of storage space, the size of the shed means that even gardens where space is a little on the limited side will be able to give this shed a good home.
That overlap cladding has not just been used for show. It has been chosen due to its fantastic ability to keep the rain out and also stay very strong for many years. It is not just the cladding though that makes this a robust shed. Inside they have used a very impressive 28 mm x 28 mm frame to ensure the shed stays strong for the duration of its life. There is some very solid, premium flooring inside the shed which is going to allow you to store many heavy items without worry if the floor can take it.
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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
With a rustic design, the Hartwood 6′ x 4′ FSC Premium Overlap Apex Shed is a shed is very old school in its look. What at first glance may look like a rather basic kind of shed, this is one very well made shed that is going to give you years of use and not take up a ton of space in your garden either. Even though this is not one of the larger sheds we have seen this still gives you a good amount of storage space to make use of. Most of the space inside is in the depth which is 6 feet, the depth is 4 feet 4 inches which is a few inches more than we actually expected and as well all know those extra couple of inches make all the difference. The shed is also much higher than we expected as it is 6 feet 8 inches along the ridge, meaning that your back will not get sore from being all hunched over while you are in here.
A real classic apex style roof has been used for this shed and we feel that it complements the rustic look of the shed very well. This apex roof has been made with some very attractive looking sand felt that is used to cover solid sheet boarding. This is a great combination and is going to give you a watertight roof that can also take quite a bit of weight, not that we are saying you should be standing on the roof, we mean weight of a heavy blanket of snow.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
With a glance you can tell that this is one very well made shed and that starts with the cladding. They have used a very classic kind of cladding for this shed in 8 mm thick overlap cladding which is not just there to impress you with its looks, this cladding has some real power behind it as well as it is very strong and will also not allow water inside.
The cladding is not just what makes this such an impressively strong shed. The frame that is inside is very well made. Like most of the other sheds in this line they have used a 28 mm x 28 mm frame. We love this frame as it is very robust, but it is not too big or bulky like some other strong frames so you have no worries about some big frame taking up some of your storage space.
If you have heavy tools or items that you want to keep out of the rain and safe then the floor is what makes this the shed for you. This is a floor that is square boarded and butt jointed to give it some real strength so this floor is going to feel just incredibly strong and secure under your feet.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The wood will be given a very basic surface treatment which considering the premium in the name of the shed is a little disappointing. This means that once you have installed the shed within a couple of weeks, you will need to give it a coating of wood treatment to prevent rot. If you are installing this in winter then we would suggest applying a coating much sooner than later. A new coat once a year should be applied, you do this and we do not see you having any kind of issues with rot
As long as you do treat the shed on a yearly basis then you will be given a very generous 10 year anti rot guarantee.
Doors And Windows
The Hartwood 6′ x 4′ FSC Premium Overlap Apex Shed has a single sized door that we feel is more than large enough to get things like a mower, a bike and other more awkwardly shaped items into the shed. A set of strong hinges are used on to keep the door firm and it is overall a very well made door thanks to the strong braces on the back of it. Keeping the door securely closed is a pad bolt which is a nice touch.
The shed has one small 1.25 mm thick, styrene window on one if its sides. We really like this window as it looks classy and it is going to let in some natural light. The window cannot be opened, but to be fair giving its size this is not something we are surprised by or would expect.
Security And Privacy
The included pad bolt is fantastic and we are very pleased with how it is going to keep that door closed firmly. However this will not lock the door, but if you ask us this is the best thing you can get without actually being able to lock the door. In general though this is one very strong shed so it does offer plenty of security.
That little window does let in the light, but the size of it means that it does not easily expose everything that you have inside the shed. Still despite the decent level of privacy this shed offers, we would still recommend that you wear pants while you are in here.
Customisation Options And Extras
As the wood is not pressure treated, you will have to give this a coating of wood treatment. Well before you buy the first tub you see have a look around as you can get wood treatment in a variety of different colours.
While we really like the pad bolt that is on the door, if you do want to be able to lock the shed up then you may be interested in the Yale brand Hasp Steel Black Finish 120 mm and Brass 40 mm Padlock that they have. This is a great way to keep the shed locked up, and at £20 it is also not a bad price. They also have a plastic shed base which costs £69.99. If you are installing the shed on concrete or decking then this really is not necessary, but if you are installing it on grass and are worried about the bottom of the shed then this is worth having a little think about.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
This is a very well made shed that has some truly outstanding features which we really like. In general they really have done quite an impressive job with this shed.
Longevity Of materials8.5/10
This is a structure that is going to last you a very long time. That floor is made to be able to take the weight of many heavy items, which is one of the main things we love about this shed. You will have to give the wood a little TLC over the years, but that is not a deal breaker for us.
We do feel that at this price they could have maybe made this a 6 X 5 shed. Still the storage space is decent enough for what most people will need, just be sure to plan where you are going to put things and you will really be able to get the best out of the storage space this offers.
Ease of installation8.5/10
This is a pretty straight forward shed that we do not see causing you and the person you sweet talked into helping any kind of problems.
Value for money8/10
Hmm this is a tough one as we like this shed, but we have seen sheds of a similar size and spec for much cheaper. But you are getting that strong floor with this one so if that is what you are after then we feel you will be very happy with this.
Final Thoughts: We really do like what they have done with the Hartwood 6' x 4' FSC Premium Overlap Apex Shed. It has a very classic style to it, it is well made and we can honestly see you getting well over 20 years of use out of this shed. But even though it does have that very impressive floor it is a little high priced for our liking. Still if you do have some heavy tools or gardening equipment that is rather heavy then we do feel that this flooring would be perfect for you and that you are the kind of person who would get the most out of a shed like this.