With a very high quality look and general design the Hartwood Premium 8′ x 6′ FSC Shiplap Apex Shed is one very impressive and long lasting shed. This is a very nicely sized shed that is going to give you plenty of space to keep your tools, kids toys and many other items safe from the rain and potential thieves. The shed comes with one window that is going to give you natural light in the shed, but it will also mean that the shed is not lacking in privacy. The door that is used has been very well made using, ‘z’ braces and strong hinges to ensure that the door can take a slamming every now and again.
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Calling this a premium shed is not a way to get people more interested in it. It is called this because they have used very impressive materials. The tongue and groove shiplap cladding is not only watertight, it is also a solid 11 mm thick so it is also very durable and long lasting. The pressure treatment process that all the wood has been put through makes this one of the most robust mid sized shed you can get. The thick framing they have used is stronger and more chunky than what some sheds twice this price have.
What we rate
Has a very think framing inside it
Good looking black mineral felt
Solid sheet boarding roof and floor
Wood has been pressure treated
Has a very appealing look
What we slate
No lock is included with the hasp and staple
Having only one window may be an issue for some people
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
Ease of Installation8/10
Value for Money8/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
For those of you in the market for a shed that is a little bit more high quality and up market, then we feel that the Hartwood Premium 8′ x 6′ FSC Shiplap Apex Shed is something that you must take a closer look at. Well we would not expect you to do that yourself so come and have a closer look at this fantastic shed with us. To start with the overall size of this does offer a decent amount of storage space, but with the width being 6 feet 5 inches and the depth 8 feet 2 inches. This is a shed that does not require a large amount of space to be installed in. This kind of storage space allows for many items to be stored, especially if you are clever with the way you organise things. The height of the shed is 6 feet 11 inches along the ridge which we are very happy with as it makes being in the shed not an uncomfortable experience.
Comprised of solid sheet boarding, the apex roof has been very well made. The boarding is strong enough to take the weight of many inches of snow and it is well protected with some strong, black coloured mineral felt. You have no worries about water making its way in through the roof here.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The shed gets its great looks from that cladding that is as smooth as James Bond after a couple of martinis (shaken, not stirred, martinis of course). The reason for this is that they have used tongue and groove shiplap cladding that is 11 mm thick. This thickness makes the walls of the shed every bit as robust as they are easy on the eyes.
The frame being 45 mm x 28 mm makes this one very strong shed. This is part of the reason that this is part of their premium line. With a frame like this, you know that the shed is able to take a beating from the elements, yourself and the kids or grandkids. The frame and the cladding do come together very well and the way the cladding is attached to the frame is a huge reason this is such a strong shed.
The floor is first of all kept of the ground thanks to these strong floor joists which are sitting underneath the solid sheet boarding that makes up the floor. We are fine with this as it is strong enough to take the weight of heavier items such as children’s outdoor toys, power tools and other items that have a fair bit of weight to them.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
Apart from the good looks, one of the main selling points of the Hartwood Premium 8′ x 6′ FSC Shiplap Apex Shed is how low maintenance it is. This is a shed that has been pressure treated so as well as making sure the shed is going to give you many years of use, it also means that you do not have to coat the shed with wood treatment once a year like many other sheds need.
You are protected with a 15 year guarantee which is very generous and is able to be included as the shed is pressure treated. You know you are dealing with a solid product when the manufacturer is willing to give you such a long guarantee.
Doors And Windows
A vertically clad single door is what they have used and we feel that it fits the shed very well. The size of it means that even slightly larger items will be able to be brought into the shed with a little manoeuvring on your part. The door is impressively made and in keeping in line with its premium name they have given the shed they have made sure that it is very strong. ‘Z’ braces have been used which add a tremendous amount of strength to the door. Another thing we really like is how they have used heavy duty hinges to prevent the door from sagging.
Only one window is on the shed and as odd as that sounds it does actually work very well. The window is made with 3 mm Perspex glazing so it is strong and the size of it will allow natural light into the shed. At first we thought that we would feel that one window was not enough, but actually with the way they have placed it right in the middle of one of the sides does make it stand out and work out very well.
Security And Privacy
A hasp and staple is what they have used to keep the door closed and this does make adding something like a padlock very easy and cheap, but if you want something that is more high quality than a cheap padlock then they do have a couple of options for you. They have a really interesting electronic alarm kit that you can add for £29.99. They do actually offer a more high quality padlock that comes with a hasp, but at £19.99 it may be a little bit pricy for some.
This is one of the more private sheds that we have seen as there is only one window. We really like this as you are still getting natural light in the shed, but not at the expense of privacy.
Customisation Options And Extras
There are not any customisation options that they are offering with this shed, but you could always get yourself a nice tub of paint and give the shed a colour that you really like. Hanging baskets, plants and other such things would be a great way to add a little bit of your own personality to the shed.
The different security options are not the only extra that they have. There is also a plastic shed base that can be purchased. This is for those of you who may have a little concern over the area you will be installing the shed on, but this is a little pricy at £119.99.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
The reason that we are impressed with the quality of this shed is not just because of the pressure treatment process the wood has been put through, but also because of the selection of materials and the overall design.
Longevity of Materials8.5/10
With the pressure treated wood and the thick, strong materials used. This shed is going to give you many, many years of use.
8 x 6 is really what most people would class as a mid sized shed and in that regard it is offering you exactly the kind of space you would expect. If you are careful with the way you organise your belongings then you will be amazed at the amount of things you place in here.
Ease of Installation8/10
This is not a simple DIY job, but at the same time it is not going to give you any headaches either. It may be a little on the fiddly side when it comes to installation, but by following the instructions and having a friend to help you out, you should have this installed in 6-8 hours.
Value for Money8/10
Just a penny under £500 may seem a little bit high for a shed of this size, but the reason for the price tag is the high quality materials that have been used and the pressure treatment process the wood have gone through. This is a very high quality shed, but you are paying extra for that quality.
Final Thoughts: With a very impressive look to it, the Hartwood Premium 8' x 6' FSC Shiplap Apex Shed is one of the better looking mid sized sheds that have been released the last few years. We just love the overall design of this and the way the tongue and groove shiplap cladding and that 45 mm x 28 mm frame come together. This really does make it one very strong and long lasting shed that is also very low maintenance and resistant to rot thanks to being pressure treated. We understand that some people may look at the size and then the price and wonder if the shed is worth this kind of money and we do actually feel that it is worth the price they are asking.