7′ x 7′ Shire Barclay Corner Wooden Summerhouse
Product ID: SKU: BARC0707DSL-1AA
Size: 7' x 7'
Merchants Checked: 12
Our verdict on the 7′ x 7′ Shire Barclay Corner Wooden Summerhouse
The 7′ x 7′ Shire Barclay Corner Wooden Summerhouse comes with a pent style roof, holds a 10 Years guarantee, is fit with lockable double doors that use a latch locking system, is treated using a dip treated process , and makes use of made in the uk materials. The 2 windows used on this particular 7′ x 7′ use a styrene  glazing material (Thickness was not specified).
Base material: wood
Our experts say this has 6 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. The 12mm thick cladding used is as thick as the walls found on 92% of the top 10% of summer houses.
2. The tongue & groove floor material is a great choice and is what we find being used by 86% of the top 10% of summer houses.
3. The 12mm thick floor boards are the same thickness we see being used on 82% of the top 10% of summer houses.
4. A dip treated treatment process lets us know that this summer house should be expected to last for a good few years, and is used on 70% of the top 10% of summer houses.
5. The shiplap tongue & groove cladding used on this summer house is one the best available for summer houses rated by our experts.
6. The mineral felt roof covering found on this summer house is rated to be one of the best by our experts.
Below is a brief overview of how some of the key points of this summer house fairs across the market.
Outstanding, our experts say most of the cladding options used are among the best.
The shiplap tongue & groove cladding(walls) used here is one of the best forms of construction for summer house walls out of the 4 types  we’ve identified on same-size summer houses, that you’ll also see getting used on 50% (368 of 741) of all summer houses analysed , as well as being used on 49% (36 of 74) of the top 10% of summer houses . You’ll also find the shiplap tongue & groove cladding showing up on 42% of 7′ x 7′ summer houses (45 in total) , and when taking the average Expert Score of those 7′ x 7′ summer houses (82), the 7′ x 7′ Shire Barclay Corner Wooden Summerhouse is the same with an Expert Score of 82.
The walls are 12mm thick and we rate this an about average thickness out of the 5 found on same-size summer houses . It is used on 78% of all summer houses  and is also used across 92% of the top 10% of summer houses  we analysed. Even though the Expert Score of this particular summer house is 3 points below the average 12mm clad 7′ x 7’s score of 85, the fact that 92% of the top 10% use a cladding this thick is reassuring as a sign of quality. 60% of 7′ x 7′ summer houses (64 in total) use 12mm thick walls .
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Osb is the of construction method used for the roofing, our experts rate this one of the best forms of roof material out of the 3 types we’ve found on same-size summer houses . This roofing material is used on 5% of all summer houses analysed, and 1% of the top 10% of summer houses. 10% of 7′ x 7′ summer houses (11 in total) use osb construction for the roof, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 7′ x 7′ summer houses (80), the 7′ x 7′ Shire Barclay Corner Wooden Summerhouse is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.
A 11.0mm thick roof boarding was used on this summer house which is an about average thickness used for a roofing material out of 5 thicknesses identified on same-size summer houses . It’s used on 1% of all summer houses with a further analysis of the top 10% of summer houses (74 in total) showing us that none of them use a roof of this thickness. 2% of 7′ x 7′ summer houses (2 in total) use a 11.0mm thick roof boarding.
Mineral felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 3 types identified on same-size summer houses , is said to be one of the best roof covering materials. It comes fitted on 26% of summer houses and used on 43% of the top 10% of 7′ x 7′ summer houses. 39% of 7′ x 7′ summer houses (42 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 7′ x 7′ summer houses (82), the 7′ x 7′ Shire Barclay Corner Wooden Summerhouse is the same with an Expert Score of 82.
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Amazing, our experts say most of the flooring options used are among the best.
The manufactures of this summer house chose tongue & groove for the floor construction, we rate this the best form of floor construction out of 2 types found on same-size summer houses . This type of floor construction is used on 78% of all summer houses we analysed, and 86% of the top 10% of those summer houses. Even though the Expert Score of this particular summer house is 3 points below the average of 85 for 7′ x 7’s using a tongue & groove flooring, with it being on 86% of the top 10%, you can be assured that this is a quality flooring material. 53% of 7′ x 7′ summer houses (57 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 3 found on same-size summer houses . It’s found on 72% of all summer houses and used on 82% of the top 10% of summer houses. Even though the Expert Score of this particular summer house is below the average 7′ x 7’s that use 12mm flooring (82 vs the average of 85), with it being on 82% of the top 10%, this should give you confidence in its quality. 51% of 7′ x 7′ summer houses (55 in total) use 12mm thick floor boarding.
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Styrene windows come installed on this summer house. As a glazing option, we rate it the worst out of the 5 glazing types found on 7′ x 7′ summer houses . This particular type of glazing is used on 15% of all windowed summer houses and 1% of the top 10% of summer houses with windows we analysed. 17% of 7′ x 7′ summer houses with windows (15 in total) use styrene windows, with this product having an Expert Score of 9% higher than the average.
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The height of this summer house is 2197mm (7′) which is 1% more than the average 7′ x 7′ summer house, giving you 2.0mm (0.0′) extra headroom.
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The door height is 1,740.00mm (6′) tall which is 8% or 130.39mm (0.4′) taller than the average 7′ x 7′.
The door width is 1,360.00mm (4′) wide which is 14% or 165.63mm (0.5′) wider than the average 7′ x 7′.
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We found 100 7′ x 7′ summer houses with comparable specifications. The 7′ x 7′ Shire Barclay Corner Wooden Summerhouse has an Expert Score that is 1% higher than average and is £149 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring summer houses out of the 100 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 £658 with this Optional extra – Add top coat Barclay 7′ x 7′ Double Door with Two Fixed Windows Summerhouse Top Coat. It is priced at £142, this is 464% less than this and has an Expert Score of 77, 5 points less than the 7′ x 7′ Shire Barclay Corner Wooden Summerhouse.
Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 95 vs 82 for this product, the Shire Houghton 7 x 7ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Summer House with Veranda is the best 7′ x 7′ summer house with comparable specifications, and is priced at £840, that’s £40 more than the 7′ x 7′ Shire Barclay Corner Wooden Summerhouse.
High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a summer house with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 3 summer houses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Shire Houghton 7 x 7ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Summer House with Veranda
Oren 6′ x 8′ Shiplap Alcester Summer House
Oren 8′ x 6′ Shiplap Binton Summer House
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 summer houses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
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Shire 7x7ft Buckingham Double Door Summerhouse
8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse
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 summer houses that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
Redlands 6′ x 10′ Contemporary Summer House
8’x6′ TigerFlex® Shiplap Apex Full Pane Summerhouse
7’x7′ Tiger Vista Corner Summerhouse
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.
Shire Houghton 7 x 7ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Summer House with Veranda
Oren 6′ x 8′ Shiplap Alcester Summer House
Rowlinson 7′ x 7′ Eaton Summer House
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|Guarantee||10 Years||10 Years|
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1. Dip Treated: Dip treating is a temporary protective base coat treatment that is mainly designed to help protect the building during transit and for around one month after it is assembled. This water-based treatment is the least time-consuming and cheapest type of wood treatment. It involves dipping the wood in a protective water-based preservative and then leaving it to dry. The action of dipping is where ‘dip treatment’ comes from.
A dip-treated garden building is not considered fully treated with wood preservatives; it’s vital to re-treat your dip-treated building, preferably with a solvent-based (or oil-based) wood treatment. Then re-treat it on an annual basis using a solvent-based (or oil-based) wood treatment.
If you don’t want to treat something on an annual basis then a pressure treated wooden building might be a better option, this is where the wood undergoes a process called tanalisation (pressure treatment) during production. This is where the timber is submerged in specialist wood preservatives (such as Tanalith E, this is actually the origin of the word ‘tanalisation’), the wood then goes into a high pressure vacuum tank 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 Wood Protection Association has a good article/video on this. ↩
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, plywood, tongue & groove ↩
12. Roof thickness types identified: 8mm, 11mm, 12mm ↩
13. Roof covering types identified: mineral felt, osb, polyester felt ↩
14. Floor material types identified: osb, tongue & groove ↩
15. Floor thickness types identified: 12mm, 14mm ↩
16. Glazing material types identified: acrylic, shatter-resistant acrylic, single glazed, styrene, toughened glass ↩