The Hartwood Premium 8′ x 6′ FSC Tongue and Groove Apex Shed is one of the more upmarket, high quality and as the name says, premium ways of keeping your items protected from the elements, thieves and from taking up space on your lawn. This is one very smart looking shed that has a very high quality look and style to it. It is ideal for those who want a shed that is going to be a feature in the garden as well as being a place for general storage. With a good sized door and two windows that can be opened this is one very well made shed that will serve you well for many years.
The shed is very strong as all of the wood has been pressure treated to make it resistant against rot and also so that it will not require a lot of maintenance. The cladding is tongue and groove shiplap cladding which along with the chunky and solid frame makes the shed one very durable and robust structure. The windows as well as being practical are very high quality as they are made from toughened glass. Even the door is extra strong thanks to being supported with a ‘z’ brace and kept in its place with a set of heavy duty hinges. This is a shed that is well worthy of having premium in its name.
What we rate
Strong tongue and groove shiplap cladding
Frame is thick and solid
Wood has been pressure treated to prevent rot
Requires very little maintenance
Strong flooring that can take lots of weight
What we slate
Is not one of the cheaper 8 x 6 sheds we have seen
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How We Rate It
Longevity of Materials9/10
Ease of Installation8.5/10
Value for Money8/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
Before you judge this shed purely on its price, let us tell you why the Hartwood Premium 8′ x 6′ FSC Tongue and Groove Apex Shed is more than worth of having premium in its name and why it could be the ideal shed for you. This is a mid sized shed that is offering you 8 feet 2 inches of depth and 6 feet 5 inches of width. So while not what we would call a huge amount of space, you still do have some decent storage space on your hands here. At a glance this does not look like it has all that high a roof, but actually here is 6 feet 11 inches of headroom along the ridge inside of here.
The apex roof is going to stop rain from sitting on the top and also from running down the front of the shed. We like the look of the roof and that is because rather than using the same style of felt that most other sheds have used, dark black mineral felt has been used which not only protects the boarding very well, it also looks fantastic as well.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
This is such a smooth looking shed that at a glance you may actually think that the sides are just one large piece of wood. That is how seamlessly and tightly together the tongue and groove shiplap cladding is made. Also at 11 mm thick it is also very strong so as well as keeping out water it is also able to take the abuse from the kids or even you banging into it when you are working in the garden.
That awesome cladding is attached to a 45 mm x 28 mm frame that is very strong and is the main reason that if you give the shed a nudge it will not go anywhere. The thick framing that they have used may not be one of the most celebrated features of the shed, but to us this is one of the main reasons as to why this is such a strong and long lasting shed.
If you look closely at the pictures you can clearly see just how strong that solid board flooring is. This is able to take a lot of weight and thanks to the floor joists, you will not have to worry about the floor being in direct contact with the ground. While the flooring is strong, we do also really like the way it looks and feel it helps add to the sheds personality.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The Hartwood Premium 8′ x 6′ FSC Tongue and Groove Apex Shed is made from wood that has been pressure treated and that is the main reason as to why this is a premium shed. We just love pressure treated wood as it not only is resistant to rot and stronger than regular wood, but it also means that you do not have to worry about treating the shed on a regular basis.
To give you peace of mind, you will be given a 15 year guarantee that covers you against rot and decay.
Doors And Windows
The door is not only the way you will get things in and out of the shed, it is also actually a major part of the overall personality of the shed. Rather than use the same kind of cladding that is on the walls, vertical cladding has been used and it looks great. The door is strong as they have supported it with a, ‘z’ brace and it is attached to the shed with two strong hinges.
One side of the shed has two window and these windows are actually made from glass which is very nice to see. Not just normal glass either, this is toughened glass so it is very strong. As well as letting in light, fresh air can get into the shed thanks to the windows being able to be opened.
Security And Privacy
This is one very solid shed and a huge surprise was that the door actually has a rim lock on it. This is very unusual to see these days so it is a very welcome addition. Being able to lock up your belongings is great and as the lock is included it does save you the time and money of adding a lock.
Even with the two windows, you still have a decent amount of privacy with this shed. Of course if people really want to they could come and look inside, but the windows are not so large that the guy driving down the street is going to be able to easily see inside your shed. Blinds or curtains may be something you want to add if privacy is a concern of yours.
Customisation Options And Extras
We feel that this is a shed which really does not need any tinkering to it as it has a great look the way it is. However if you do want to make it go with the flow of the rest of the things you have in your garden then you could always give it a coating of paint.
The floor is very strong and we are happy with the way it is, but if you do want to help the floor out by not having it sit directly on the grass then they do have a 8′ x 6′ Ecobase Plastic Shed Base. They do offer two security options which are the £19.99 priced Yale Hasp Steel Black Finish 120 mm & Brass 40 mm Padlock and the Yale Super Durable Deluxe Shed Alarm Security Kit which can be added for £29.99. As good as both of these are as the shed does come with a rim lock, neither one is essential.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
This is certainly a premium shed where anything negative we were to say about its quality would be us just nit picking.
Longevity of Materials9/10
We see this being a shed that is going to last many years and most probably be the only shed that you ever need to buy.
8 x 6 is what we class as a mid sized shed so it is not one of the larger sheds out there so as far as storing your belonging go, you will have to be pretty smart with how you go about it if you want to maximize your space.
Ease of Installation8.5/10
The size of the shed means that installing this should not really cause you too many headaches. There may be a fiddly section here and there, but for the most part you and your friend helping you will have no trouble building this.
Value for Money8/10
Without a doubt this is a premium shed, but it is also being sold for a premium price. At the end of the day, you can get a shed of similar size for far less money, but if you want this kind of quality then you have to pay for it.
Final Thoughts: This really is one of the most high quality 8 x 6 sheds we have seen. But the Hartwood Premium 8' x 6' FSC Tongue and Groove Apex Shed does come at a rather high price point. Now while the price is high, we must tell you that this is still worth the money as it is one of the best made sheds of this size we have ever seen and if you do want a shed that is the best of the best then you have to expect to pay a little bit more for it. This makes this a shed that is ideal for those of you who want to make sure that the shed which is standing in your garden and keeping your items safe is one that is not only practical, but also one of the very best that you can buy.