Give your prized mower, awesome tools or even the kids summer garden toys a safe place to call home inside the Hartwood 6′ x 4′ FSC Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Security Shed. This is a good, compact sized shed that offers plenty of security, but not at the expense of taking up your whole garden. Its smart size actually makes this a shed that will be comfortably able to fit into any size of garden. It has a great and rustic kind of look that will make it a structure that never looks out of date.
As this is a shed that is all about giving you security they have really gone above and beyond to make sure the materials are up to the task of keeping your belongings safe. The whole shed is made with pressure treated wood. This means that roof, the overlap cladding used for the walls and the strong frame that keeps the whole shed up is extra strong and long lasting. The pressure treatment process extends all the way to the ground where the pressure treated floor joists help the solid sheet floor boarding be strong as well as keeping the shed from directly sitting on the floor.
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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
Offering just an incredible amount of security, the Hartwood 6′ x 4′ FSC Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Security Shed is one very no nonsense, tough as nails kind of shed that is going to provide you with some very welcome and also rather decent storage space. True this is one of the larger sheds in this range, but we feel that if you put your thinking cap on before you start to place things inside here that you will be very surprised and pleased with how many things you can fit inside. The shed’s width is 4 feet 3 inches and the depth is just an inch over 6 feet, so as you can see even gardens that are a little short of space should be able to handle this shed comfortably. Along the ridge you have a generous amount of headroom as it is a little over six feet.
They have used a very well designed apex roof on this shed and we are not just impressed because it has a great look, we are also impressed because they have managed to make this very well and still keep the asking price at under £200. Solid sheet boarding has been used for the roof and this is far stronger than most people realise. On top of this they have used a green sand felt that is able to withstand a real beating from the elements.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The 8 mm thick overlap cladding that they have used for this shed not only gives it a real sense of classic style, but it also makes sure that the tools, garden toys, gardening equipment or whatever you decide to place in here will be safe from the weather. We really like the way that this cladding is put together and we are very pleased with the overall look and quality of it.
The shed is held together with a frame, not just some weak frame made from matchstick thin wood, but a frame that is an impressive 28 mm x 28 mm. This is one fantastic frame that really does make this one very robust shed. As this is a shed that is all about giving you plenty of security we are very happy with the frame they have used.
The floor is made with solid sheet boarding which may not sound like the most exciting stuff in the world, but this boarding is actually very strong and also makes this shed be able to be sold for a price that does not make your wallet cry. The floor is strengthened thanks to some pressure treated floor joists. These floor joists will also keep the floor a few inches off the ground which will help protect the floor.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
This wood goes through a pretty intense pressure treatment process so that it is going to be able to stand strong for many years and in theory take away the need for giving it an annual coating of wood treatment. Still though, giving the Hartwood 6′ x 4′ FSC Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Security Shed a coating of wood treatment would not hurt it so feel free to give it a lick of wood treatment if you want.
Due to the pressure treatment process that this shed goes through, you will be given a very generous, 15 year guarantee with the shed.
Doors And Windows
We really like the door that they have used as it is made from the same pressure treated wood that the rest of the shed so it is very strong. It also will stay in its place and not sag as they have used two very strong hinges to secure it to the shed. On the back of the door are some thick pieces of wood that give the door that little bit extra durability. The width and height of the door is fine, especially considering that this is a single sized door. Getting things such as your lawn mower in and out will not be a problem with this door.
No windows are on the shed, but this is actually a part of the design. They have not included any windows to help increase the privacy and security offered by the shed.
Security And Privacy
This is one very solid shed and for the price one of the better security themed low priced sheds we have seen. The only issue we have is that they do not throw in a padlock so that you can lock up the hasp and staple that keeps the door closed.
The lack of windows really make sure that this is one very private shed and that no one can see inside. This means your prized bike, awesome mower or even collection of Star Wars memorabilia that you are no longer allowed to keep inside the house will be kept out of the sight of thieves.
Customisation Options And Extras
To be honest, we do not feel that you really need to change the look of the shed at all as it is very well designed as it is, but a coating of light, dark or even coloured wood treatment would not just change the look of the shed, but it would also offer protection against rot.
They do offer a number of extras with this shed first of all is something to help the floor and actually is something that would come in handy if you have to install this on grass. This is their plastic shed base which comes in at a price of £69.99. As this is a security themed shed you may want to kick up the security a little bit and they have two ways you can do this. First up is their hasp and padlock set, which is being sold for £19.99. If you really want the maximum security, but do not have the money for a security guard, then they have a deluxe shed alarm kit which costs £29.99.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Due to that intense pressure treatment process the wood goes through, you will have one very high quality shed on your hands here.
Longevity Of materials8.5/10
These materials are very well made and we can see this shed giving you over 20 years of service and require very little maintenance as well.
6 x 4 is one of the smaller sheds out there, but this space can go quite far if you plan things carefully and do not just throw stuff inside. We also feel that using shelving would greatly help free up some storage space.
Ease of installation8.5/10
While this is a smaller sized shed that does mean that installing it is a little easier. Just be sure to have a competent friend helping you out and you folks will have this done much quicker than you would think.
Value for money8/10
or the price this is excellent value for money. They have really made this as well as they possibly could for the under £200 asking price.
Final Thoughts: If you want a shed that is more than just four walls, a roof and a floor and is actually something that gives you some security, then we feel the Hartwood 6' x 4' FSC Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Security Shed is something you simply must consider. Not only does this shed offer security it also has a very smart and interesting look. This is one very impressive shed and while it may not be the largest shed we have seen, we are sure that if you are clever about your storage that you really could get a lot of things inside here. Due to its cool style, strong build and compact size this is a shed that is a very easy recommendation.