The Hartwood 8′ x 6′ FSC Double Door Overlap Apex Shed is quite the impressive site. As one of the larger mid range sheds, this is a structure that is going to take care of all your storage needs. Bikes, mowers, gardening items, toys and anything else you do not want to leave out in the rain or in the house will have a good home inside of here. This is a very practical shed as it comes with a set of large double doors to make getting your belongings in and out of the shed a non stressful experience. Even large and heavy items will be able to be brought and stored in here with ease.
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A great deal of effort went into making this a shed that is as strong and long lasting and not just something that is nice to look at. Overlap cladding has been used to give the shed a rustic look, but due to its design it makes for a set of watertight walls that are going to keep your items well protected. The cladding is actually nailed to the frame which makes the whole shed one very robust structure. The double doors are made to last as well as they are held in place with heavy duty hinges and supported with a ‘z’ brace.
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Ease of Installation8/10
Value for Money8.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
With its generous amount of storage space and its eye catching design the, Hartwood 8′ x 6′ FSC Double Door Overlap Apex Shed is a shed that is sure to be very popular. It really does have a look that would make this something that would fit into a garden which is modern or even a garden that is a little on the old fashioned side. The depth of the shed is 7 feet 11 inches, which is very impressive. The depth is 5 feet 11, which is also something that impressed us. All in all, you really do have plenty of storage space here, and the kind of space where you do not have to overthink how to organise things. The shed is going to be a place you really like to potter around in as the headroom is just over 7 feet along the ridge. So you will finally have that perfect place to escape to when the kids are driving you crazy or the other half is yelling at you for walking mud through the house.
We like the overall design of the roof and feel that an apex roof is always a good choice. With a roof like this, you have no concerns over water sitting on the roof for too long as it will always run off at the sides. The solid sheet boarding that is used to make up the roof is covered with sand felt which is quite a robust felt so it will be safe from tears.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The overlap cladding is very attractive with its rustic look it looks like an old timey kind of shed and this old school design is something that we really like. At 8 mm thick and with each board of the slats being nailed to the frame this cladding provides you with a watertight and strong shed that is going to be something you can use for many years.
The frame is very strong and at 28 mm x 28 mm in size and the cladding actually being nailed to it, it makes for one very strong structure that is not going to get weak or start to get a little flimsy. With the frame being the size it is, you do not have to worry or get annoyed that the frame is so bulky that it sticks out too far in the shed.
Solid sheet boarding may not be the most gorgeous looking flooring in the world, but it does get the job done and it does it very well. It is strong enough to take the weight of many heavy things so your mower, tools, gardening items and anything else is going to be fine in here. One thing that you cannot really see, but is a vital part of the shed is the floor joists. These will keep the shed from sitting on the floor which is great if you are installing the shed on a grassy area.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The shed will require treatment shortly after you have installed it. It will be given a basecoat treatment, but this is only enough protection for the short term. Treating the shed on an annual basis is important as this will keep that cladding free from rot.
The Hartwood 8′ x 6′ FSC Double Door Overlap Apex Shed does have a ten year anti rot guarantee, but this does require that you treat the shed on a regular basis.
Doors And Windows
The double doors take up most of the front of the shed and with their vertical cladding they really do stand out very well. We love how wide and high these are and those of you who struggle to get things in a single size door will have no trouble getting things in and out of here. Each door is strong thanks to there being a ‘z’ brace on the back of it. Along with this is a couple of heavy duty black hinges that look awesome as they have this very old and classic style.
There are two windows on this shed and they are both on one side. We really like this decision as it really will flood the shed with natural light. The windows are not made from glass, instead they have used shatterproof styrene that is 1.25 mm thick. Now you would think that we would not be too keen on this, but actually the windows make this shed perfect if you have kids playing in the garden as they cannot smash them and get dangerous glass everywhere.
Security And Privacy
The two doors can be closed with a hasp and staple. So there is no way to actually lock the shed door, but they do offer a hasp and padlock set for £19.99 which is a high quality Yale branded product.
While there are two windows on the shed it still offers you a good amount of privacy. This is because both of those windows are located on one side of the shed. So you could just make sure that the windows are facing away from the nosey neighbours house and the street.
Customisation Options And Extras
We really like the way the shed looks and feel that they got the design of it just right, but as you are going to have to treat the wood anyway, we suggest you consider using coloured wood treatment. The amount of colours that wood treatment can be purchased in these days is pretty crazy with natural shed colours like brown to more extravagant one like red.
As well as the hasp and padlock set that we talked about earlier, they do have one other extra that you may be interested in. This is a plastic shed base that will support the shed from beneath and also make sure you do not have to sit the shed on grass, mud or some other less than perfect surface. While we love the idea of the shed base, but it is priced at £119.99, so have a real hard think about if you actually need it before you pull the trigger.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
This is a fantastic shed and for the price they really have use some very high quality and impressive materials.
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
You will be able to keep things stored in here for many years thanks to the materials they have used. While this will always be structurally sound, you will have to roll your sleeves up and take care of the wood to keep it free from rot.
This is a decent sized shed and it is what we consider to be an ideal size for a family. By using shelving and not just tossing stuff on the floor, the storage space and be quite vast inside here.
Ease of Installation8/10
We would not say this is a hard shed to install, but it certainly can be a little on the fiddly side and will take you and the person you bribed into helping 4-6 hours.
Value for Money8.5/10
For the price they are asking, we really do not think they could have used any better materials. Add this to the great looking design and generous storage space and you have a shed that is very good value for money.
Final Thoughts: As far as low priced mid sized sheds go, the Hartwood 8' x 6' FSC Double Door Overlap Apex Shed is one of the most impressive that we have seen. It manages to offer you what seems like just an immense amount of storage space, but it actually does not take up a huge amount of real estate in your garden. This is a shed that is very well made and we are sure that once you have had a shed that has large double doors like this one, you will never be able to go back to a shed with a single door. This is one very well made shed and for the price, we are sure that you would be very happy with it and get many years of service from it.