6′ x 4′ Forest Retreat Grey Luxury Shed
Product ID: SKU: FRA46GYIN
Size: 6' x 4'
Merchants Checked: 12
Our verdict on the 6′ x 4′ Forest Retreat Grey Luxury Shed
The 6′ x 4′ Forest Retreat Grey Luxury Shed comes with an apex style roof; holds a 15 Years guarantee; is fit with lockable single doors that use a rimlock locking system; is treated using a pressure treated process ; and makes use of made in the uk, certified sustainable materials. The 2 windows used on this particular 6′ x 4′ use a 2mm styrene  material.
Base material: wood
Our experts say this has 5 stand out features. A stand out feature is something found on over 70% of the top 10% of products in a particular category or is an exceptionally good feature as rated by our panel of experts.
1. A 10mm thick cladding like the one used on walls of this shed is one of the best rated by our experts.
2. The tongue & groove construction like the one used on the roof of this shed is rated one of the best by our panel of experts.
3. The shingles roof covering found on this shed is rated to be one of the best by our experts.
4. Our experts say this the tongue & groove floor material used here is one of the best available on all sheds.
5. A pressure treated treatment like the one used on this shed is one our experts are happy to say is one of the best around.
Below is a brief overview of how some of the key points of this shed fairs across the market.
The overlap board cladding(walls) used here is the worst form of construction for shed walls out of the 4 types  we’ve identified on same-size sheds, that you’ll also see getting used on 8% (357 of 4,360) of all sheds analysed , as well as being used on 3% (12 of 436) of the top 10% of sheds . You’ll also find the overlap board cladding showing up on 19% of 6′ x 4′ sheds (69 in total) .
The walls are 10mm thick and we rate this one of the best thicknesses out of the 12 found on same-size sheds . It is used on 1% of all sheds  and is also used across 1% of the top 10% of sheds  we analysed. While you’ll find that the Expert Score of this shed is 2 points lower than the average for 6′ x 4’s that use 10mm thick cladding (80 vs the average of 82) , you can be sure it’s not due to the cladding thickness as this one of the highest scoring thicknesses available on 6′ x 4′ sheds. 1% of 6′ x 4′ sheds (4 in total) use 10mm thick walls.
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Tongue & groove is the cladding used for the roofing, our experts rate this the best form of roof material out of the 3 types we’ve found on same-size sheds . This roofing material is used on 34% of all sheds analysed, and 57% of the top 10% of sheds. Even though the Expert Score of this particular shed is 12 points below the average of 92 for 6′ x 4’s using a tongue & groove roofing, with it being on 57% of the top 10%, you can be assured that this is a quality roof material. 20% of 6′ x 4′ sheds (74 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the roof.
A 12.0mm thick roof boarding was used on this shed which is one of the best thicknesses used for a roofing material out of 12 thicknesses identified on same-size sheds . It’s used on 3% of all sheds and 5% of the top 10% of sheds. Even though the Expert Score of this particular shed is 9 points below that of the average for 6′ x 4’s that use 12.0mm roofing (80 vs the average of 89), you can be sure it’s not due to the roof thickness as this one of the highest scoring thicknesses available on 6′ x 4′ sheds. 2% of 6′ x 4′ sheds (6 in total) use a 12.0mm thick roof boarding.
Shingles is used as the roof covering, and out of 3 types identified on same-size sheds , is said to be the best roof covering material. It comes fitted on 1% of sheds and when it comes to the top 436 sheds that make up the top 10% we find none of them make use of this kind of roof covering. 1% of 6′ x 4′ sheds (3 in total) make use of a shingles material as a roof covering, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 6′ x 4′ sheds (80), the 6′ x 4′ Forest Retreat Grey Luxury Shed is the same with an Expert Score of 80.
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The manufactures of this shed chose tongue & groove for the floor construction, we rate this the best form of floor construction out of 3 types found on same-size sheds . This type of floor construction is used on 36% of all sheds we analysed, and 59% of the top 10% of those sheds. Even though the Expert Score of this particular shed is 11 points below the average of 91 for 6′ x 4’s using a tongue & groove flooring, with it being on 59% of the top 10%, you can be assured that this is a quality flooring material. 23% of 6′ x 4′ sheds (86 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the floor.
A 12mm thick floor boarding is used here, this is one of the best floor board thicknesses according to our experts out of 12 found on same-size sheds . It’s found on 31% of all sheds and used on 54% of the top 10% of sheds. Even though the Expert Score of this particular shed is below the average 6′ x 4’s that use 12mm flooring (80 vs the average of 90), with it being on 54% of the top 10%, this should give you confidence in its quality. 21% of 6′ x 4′ sheds (76 in total) use 12mm thick floor boarding.
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Styrene windows come installed on this shed. As a glazing option, we rate it the worst out of the 7 glazing types found on 6′ x 4′ sheds . This particular type of glazing is used on 6% of all windowed sheds and 1% of the top 10% of sheds with windows we analysed. 10% of 6′ x 4′ sheds with windows (18 in total) use styrene windows.
The windows on this shed use a 2mm thick glazing, we rate this one of the worst thicknesses for window glazing out of 8 different thicknesses found on same-size sheds . Glazing this thick is found on 8% of all the windowed sheds we analysed and used on 14% of the top 10% of windowed sheds. 12% of 6′ x 4′ sheds (22 in total) use 2mm thick glazing.
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The height of this shed is 2400mm (8′) which is 24% more than the average 6′ x 4′ shed, giving you 470.5mm (2′) extra headroom.
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The door height is 1,740.00mm (6′) tall which is 11% or 172.77mm (0.6′) taller than the average 6′ x 4′.
The door width is 650.00mm (2′) wide which is 30% or 194.51mm (0.6′) narrower than the average 6′ x 4′.
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You Might Also Consider
We found 270 6′ x 4′ sheds with comparable specifications. The 6′ x 4′ Forest Retreat Grey Luxury Shed has an Expert Score that is 11% lower than average and is £259 more expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring sheds out of the 270 with comparable specifications the following might be of interest.
Best value – If you are looking for something comparable that costs less, then you could save £3,087 with this Optional extra – Add top coat Shetland Shiplap Apex 6′ x 4′ Dip Treated Shed Single Door with Window Top Coat. It is priced at £112, this is 2748% less than this and has an Expert Score of 92, 12 points higher than the 6′ x 4′ Forest Retreat Grey Luxury Shed.
Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 100 vs 80 for this product, the Oren 6′ x 5′ Shiplap Pent Bike Shed is the best 6′ x 4′ shed with comparable specifications, and is priced at £619, that’s £2,580 less than the 6′ x 4′ Forest Retreat Grey Luxury Shed.
High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a shed with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 3 sheds that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Redlands 7′ x 5′ Shiplap Pent Bike Shed
Oren 8′ x 4′ Shiplap Pent Bike Shed
Redlands 5′ x 6′ Shiplap Modular Apex Bike Shed
Coastal Consideration – If you live in a particularly wet or harsher environment such as by the coast then you might want to consider something with a more robust pressure treatment or something made from metal or plastic, both materials that are particularly suited to such harsh environments. We’ve found at least 3 sheds that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
6′ x 4′ Lotus Heritage Green Pent Metal Shed
6′ x 4′ Yardmaster Green Metal Shed 65GEYZ
6′ x 4′ Forest Tongue and Groove Pressure Treated Wooden Shed
Public-Facing – Extra security measures might be more of a concern if you’re placing your building in an area that is more public-facing than a garden. Features such as security windows or even having no windows at all, and the ability to lock all opening doors are usually much more important when you have something that is more public-facing. We found at least 3 sheds that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
6′ x 4′ Yardmaster Platinum Tall Pent Metal Shed
Redlands 7′ x 5′ Shiplap Apex Bike Shed
Redlands 5′ x 6′ Shiplap Modular Pent Bike Shed
More Child Friendly – If you have children and you are looking for something that has that little extra in terms of durability then tougher glazing options might be a better option. Here we have at least 3 other options that will fill those needs.
6′ x 4′ Forest Premium Tongue & Groove Pressure Treated Apex Shed
6′ x 4′ Forest Tongue and Groove Pressure Treated Wooden Shed
4’x6′ TigerFlex® Shiplap Apex Double Door Shed
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|Guarantee||10 Years||3 Years||10 Years||3 Years||3 Years|
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12 different sources were used to research information on this product, and 3 contained information that we were able to use to compile the data used on this page.
The following merchants were checked on the 06 August, 2022 to see if they stocked this product.
Buy Sheds Direct – 1635 products checked, found 1 match.
sheds.co.uk – 1999 products checked, found 1 match.
Shedstore – 1373 products checked, found 1 match.
Waltons – 231 products checked, found no matches.
Wickes – 19576 products checked, found no matches.
B&Q – 78905 products checked, found no matches.
ManoMano UK – 922302 products checked, found no matches.
Wilko.com – 21232 products checked, found no matches.
Homebase – 35509 products checked, found no matches.
BillyOh – 1244 products checked, found no matches.
Garden Buildings Direct – 1284 products checked, found no matches.
Tiger Sheds – 635 products checked, found no matches.
1. Pressure Treated: Considered the most durable wood treatment, this is where the wood undergoes a process called tanalisation. This is where the timber is submerged in specialist wood preservatives (such as Tanalith E, this is actually the origin of the word ‘tanalisation’), this is a unique combination of copper and organic biocide ingredients (it is the copper that gives the finished wood the slightly green colour). The wood then goes into a high pressure vacuum tank (the Wood Protection Association has a good article/video on this) to draw out excess moisture and air and force in the preservatives.
This deep penetration of the exterior wood protects it from the elements and all forms of insect attack. Wood treated this way can last many years without being re-treated. The BS 8417 code of practice (this advises on the choice of timber species and the use and application of wood preservatives) says “ penetration to either 6 mm (15 years) or 12mm (for 30 years) has to be achieved in any exposed surface in sawn material.”
It is also worth noting that if cross cutting, notching or boring treated timber during or after installation, ALWAYS apply an end grain solvent-based (or oil-based) wood preservative treatment to the freshly exposed areas, this will maintain the integrity of the protection. NEVER put cut ends in the ground, even if end grain coated. ↩
2. Styrene (Polystyrene (High Impact) HIPS): Styrene as it is commonly known or High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) is a very versatile form of plastic. It has a very wide range of uses but for garden buildings styrene is typically used as a budget option for windows.
Styrene is a shatter-resistant material, which is why it is ideal for situations where safety needs to be considered, such as playhouses. This benefit can be offset by a few other drawbacks, unfortunately styrene has a tendency to yellow over time (the technical term is Photoyellowing and it is caused by prolonged exposure to UV Light), the degradation of its polymers over time also causes it to become more brittle.
Another drawback of styrene is its thermal coefficient of expansion (it is 80 x 10-6), this is higher than most other glazing options. This means that as the material heats up and cools it can contract and expand more than other glazing options. This cycle can lead to a loose fit of windows over time.
According to data from the British Plastics Fedaration the physical properties of Styrene (Polystyrene (High Impact) are that it is not very good when exposed to high heat with a maximum continuous use temperature of between 60 to 80 °C. This is coupled with the fairly low range the Notched Impact Strength data shows of 10.0 – 20.0 Kj/m². ↩
11. Roof material types identified: osb, sand felt, shiplap tongue & groove, tongue & groove ↩
12. Roof thickness types identified: 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 16mm, 19mm ↩
13. Roof covering types identified: mineral felt, polyester felt, sand felt, shingles ↩
14. Floor material types identified: osb, shiplap tongue & groove, tongue & groove ↩
15. Floor thickness types identified: 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 14mm, 16mm ↩
16. Glazing material types identified: acrylic, horticultural glass, polycarbonate, polyethylene, security windows, single glazed, styrene, toughened glass, toughened safety glass ↩
17. Glazing thickness types identified: 0.75mm, 2mm, 3mm, 4mm, 7.5mm ↩