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 an old timey 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 money8.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
The Hartwood 6′ x 4′ FSC Shiplap Apex Shed is one very attractive shed that really does grab your attention the first time you see it. Smooth, we feel is the best way to describe the way this shed looks as it has such a sleek and classy type of appearance. One of the things that we really like about this shed is how little space it takes up in your garden. Most of the storage space this offers you is in its depth which is 5 feet 11 inches but the 3 feet 10 inches of width which may sound a little small, is not as bad as it sounds at all. This more compact size just means that you will have to really maximise the space the best you can, we suggest clever item placement and some shelving as a way to get the best out of this shed. The height is something we are very pleased with as along the eaves the height is 5 feet 6 inches and along the ridge you have what we consider to be an impressive, 6 feet 8 inches of headroom. So even our readers who are pro basketball players (of which we are sure we have many), will be able to spend time in here comfortably.
The green sand felt which covers the solid sheet boards is one of the things that catches your eye first. This is some very heavy duty felt that will keep the boards dry and best of all stop the rain getting inside. This is an apex roof and we really like how they made the smart and practical decision to have the roof slope down at the sides of the shed rather than where the door is.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
We used the word smooth just before and that is exactly what this gorgeous 12 mm thick tongue and groove shiplap cladding is. We cannot stress enough just how awesome this looks. If you want a shed that is going to get a lot of attention and jealous looks then because of the cladding this shed will do just that. While this type of cladding is just amazing at keeping out the rain due to the way it is so tightly put together it also keeps the wind and anything else the weather can throw at it out as well.
That lovely looking cladding is useless if there is a frame inside the shed that is just not up to the task of staying strong over the years. Well the good news is that inside the shed is a very well made and not too bulky, 28 mm x 28 mm frame. We just love this frame as it forms this epic team with the cladding which makes this one very robust and long lasting shed.
Solid sheet boarding has been used for the floor which is fine by us. This is more than strong enough to take the weight of many different items so do not be worried about storing your heavy mower in here. Under the floor if you look closely at the pictures, you will see some very well made and spaced out floor joists that give the floor a little extra strength and also keep it from sitting right on the floor.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
This shed will be given a basecoat treatment before it is sent to you which will look after that lovely cladding during transport and while you are installing it. Wood treatment should be applied shortly after construction and way before the recommended time they give you. We always feel leaving it for a few weeks is just asking for trouble. Once a year you will need to get the brush out to give it a fresh coating, but due to the compact size of the shed it will not take long and it is worth it to keep that cladding free from rot.
As long as you are taking proper care of the shed and are giving it an annual coating of treatment, then the Hartwood 6′ x 4′ FSC Shiplap Apex Shed will be covered with a ten year anti rot guarantee.
Doors And Windows
The door is a single door, but with it being 5 feet 7 inches high and 2 feet 2 inches wide it is a good size. The door is very well made and while we would have liked to have seen a ‘z’ brace on the back of it, the framing they have used we feel will do a great job along with those two hinges in keeping the door where it should be.
A shatter resistant, polycarbonate window is on one of the sides of the shed. While they do not specifically say so, we would be surprised if you could not pick what side this window goes on. While a basic kind of window, we do like it as it allows natural light into the shed and it also gives the shed that little bit extra charm and personality.
Security And Privacy
That door will stay firmly closed in the wind as they have included a pad bolt. Pad bolts are one of the best ways to keep a shed door properly closed and while you cannot lock it, you will still be pleased with how securely closed that door is.
If you are someone who is drawing up plans for world domination in your shed then it goes without saying that you would like a little privacy to do so. While that window is not so large that it makes looking in easy, you could always add in some blinds or a curtain if you do not want people to be able to see inside.
Customisation Options And Extras
Make the shed a little lighter, darker or even a whole new colour. Now you may think we are going to suggest you paint the shed, but rather than just use regular paint, we are suggesting that you use a wood treatment that is coloured this way you give the shed the look you want, but you protect that wood from rot at the same time.
The flooring is great, but they do offer a plastic shed base if you are a little concerned about the area you will be installing the shed. This is available for a price of £69.99 which is what we consider to be a pretty fair price. If that pad bolt is not enough security then they have a Yale hasp and padlock set for £19.99. If you do not want people getting into your shed then this is a great way to go about it.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
That cladding really is incredibly well made and actually the whole shed is of a quality that is very high.
Longevity Of materials8.5/10
While the shed will need a little help from you to stay free from rot, this in general is a shed that is designed to give you many years of use.
As is the case with most other 6 X 4 sheds to get the best out of them, you are going to have to be smart with the storage space and not just throw things inside on top of each other. If you are smart then you can really fit a vast amount of items inside here.
Ease of installation8.5/10
While you will need a friend to help, 4-6 hours is the kind of install time you are looking at. We suggest having the radio on and a good supply of drinks and snacks.
Value for money8.5/10
While not the largest shed this is one of the more classy, 6 X 4 sheds that we have seen and with that cladding being as thick and well made as it is, we feel that the price they are asking is very reasonable.
Final Thoughts: The Hartwood 6' x 4' FSC Shiplap Apex Shed is a shed that we knew from the very first picture we were going to like. We just cannot get over how amazing that cladding looks, not just that, but this cladding is so well made that rain, snow and even the wind will not get inside to wreak havoc. The size may be a little on the small side, but we do not see this as a downside. Actually we see this as a positive as this is a shed that is just tailor made for gardens that are not all that large. With its great looks, well thought out design and overall robustness this is a shed that is very easy for us to recommend to you if you have a garden that is on the small side.