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Forest 8×8 Arlington Premium Tongue And Groove Corner Summerhouse

First Added - February 27 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 25 Data Points Updated - 2 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: TPCSUM88HD

Size: 8' x 8'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 3

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£1,279.00
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Amazing! Ranked in the Top 11% of Summer Houses.
Position 124 of 1188 Summer Houses - Up 29 places from previous update.
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See how our panel of industry experts helped create the impartial judging criteria used to calculate the Expert Score.

Our verdict on the Forest 8×8 Arlington Premium Tongue And Groove Corner Summerhouse

The Forest 8×8 Arlington Premium Tongue And Groove Corner Summerhouse comes with a pent style roof, holds a 15 Years guarantee, is fit with lockable double doors that use a press lock locking system, is treated using a pressure treated process [1], and makes use of certified sustainable materials. The 2 windows used on this particular 8′ x 8′ use a 2mm styrene [2] material.

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. The tongue & groove cladding used on this summer house is one the best available for summer houses rated by our experts.

5. The mineral felt roof covering found on this summer house is rated to be one of the best by our experts.

6. A pressure treated treatment like the one used on this summer house 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 summer house fairs across the market.

Cladding

Outstanding, our experts say most of the cladding options used are among the best.

The tongue & groove cladding(walls) used here is the best form of construction for summer house walls out of the 3 types [3] we’ve identified on same-size summer houses, that you’ll also see getting used on 38% (278 of 741) of all summer houses analysed [4], as well as being used on 51% (38 of 74) of the top 10% of summer houses [5]. You’ll also find the tongue & groove cladding showing up on 36% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (46 in total) [6], and if we compare this item against those 46 we find it’s Expert Score is 7% higher than the average score for a 8′ x 8′ tongue & groove summer house.

The walls are 12mm thick and we rate this an about average thickness out of the 3 found on same-size summer houses [7]. It is used on 78% of all summer houses [8] and is also used across 92% of the top 10% of summer houses [9] we analysed. 74% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (95 in total) use 12mm thick walls [10], and if we compare this item against those 95 we find it’s Expert Score is 8% higher than the average score for a 8′ x 8′ 12mm summer house.

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Roofing

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 2 types we’ve found on same-size summer houses [11]. This roofing material is used on 5% of all summer houses analysed, and 1% of the top 10% of summer houses. 5% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (7 in total) use osb construction for the roof, with this product having an Expert Score 11% higher than the average in this regard.

A 8.0mm thick roof boarding was used on this summer house which is the worst thickness used for a roofing material out of 3 thicknesses identified on same-size summer houses [12]. It’s used on 2% of all summer houses and 1% of the top 10% of summer houses. 3% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (4 in total) use a 8.0mm thick roof boarding, with this product having an Expert Score 10% higher than average.

Mineral felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 2 types identified on same-size summer houses [13], 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 8′ x 8′ summer houses. 30% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (39 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering, with this product having an Expert Score of 13% higher than the average.

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Flooring

Outstanding, 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 [14]. 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. 72% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (93 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the floor with this product having an Expert Score of 8% higher than the average.

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 [15]. It’s found on 72% of all summer houses and used on 82% of the top 10% of summer houses. 66% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (85 in total) use 12mm thick floor boarding, with this product having an Expert Score 7% higher than average.

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Window

Styrene windows come installed on this summer house. As a glazing option, we rate it the worst out of the 4 glazing types found on 8′ x 8′ summer houses [16]. 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. 23% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses with windows (25 in total) use styrene windows, with this product having an Expert Score of 21% higher than the average.

The windows on this summer house use a 2mm thick glazing, we rate this one of the worst thicknesses for window glazing. You’ll also find this is the only thickness glazing used on same-size summer houses [17]. Glazing this thick is found on 3% of all the windowed summer houses we analysed and used on 1% of the top 10% of windowed summer houses. 5% of 8′ x 8′ summer houses (5 in total) use 2mm thick glazing, with this product having an Expert Score of 10% higher than the average.

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Height

The height of this summer house is 2000mm (7′) which is 8% less than the average 8′ x 8′ summer house, giving you 160.0mm (0.5′) less headroom.

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Doors

The door height is 1,800.00mm (6′) tall which is 6% or 107.64mm (0.4′) taller than the average 8′ x 8′.
The door width is 470.00mm (2′) wide which is 127% or 596.12mm (2′) narrower than the average 8′ x 8′.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 129 8′ x 8′ summer houses with comparable specifications. The Forest 8×8 Arlington Premium Tongue And Groove Corner Summerhouse has an Expert Score that is 11% higher than average and is £120 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring summer houses out of the 129 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 £1,178 with this Optional extra – Add top coat Barclay 8′ x 8′ Double Door with Two Fixed Windows Summerhouse Top Coat. It is priced at £161, this is 733% less than this and has an Expert Score of 77, 12 points less than the Forest 8×8 Arlington Premium Tongue And Groove Corner Summerhouse.

The Forest 8×8 Arlington Premium Tongue And Groove Corner Summerhouse is the best scoring summer house available out of all 129 8′ x 8′ summer houses we analysed.

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.
Oren 8′ x 8′ Shiplap Henley Summer House
Oren 10′ x 6′ Shiplap Poolside Summer House
Oren 10′ x 6′ Shiplap Contemporary Poolside 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.
Forest 8×8 Arlington Premium Tongue And Groove Corner Summerhouse
10′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Double Door Pent Summer House
8′ x 8′ Forest Oakley Double Door Apex Summer House

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.
Forest 8×8 Arlington Premium Tongue And Groove Corner Summerhouse
8’x8′ Tiger Vista Corner Summerhouse
6’x10′ Tiger Contemporary 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.
Oren 10′ x 6′ Shiplap Contemporary Poolside Summer House
Oren 10′ x 8′ Shiplap Contemporary Poolside Summer House
Forest 8×8 Arlington Premium Tongue And Groove Corner Summerhouse

Product Details

Building Type
Corner Summer Houses, Small Corner Summer Houses, Small Summer Houses, Summer Houses
Metric Size (Meters)
8' x 8'
Roof Style
Pent
Number of Windows
2
Door Type
Double Door
Cladding Type
Tongue & Groove
Cladding Thickness
12mm
Treatment Type
Pressure Treated
Guarantee
15 Years
Floor Material
Tongue & Groove
Glazing Material
Styrene
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Glazing Thickness (Imperial)
2mm
Glazing Thickness (Metric)
2mm
Floor Thickness (Imperial)
12.0mm
Floor Thickness (Metric)
12.0mm
Eaves Height (Imperial)
2000.0mm
Eaves Height (Metric)
2000.0mm
Persons To Assemble
2 Persons Recommended
Door Height (Imperial)
1800.0mm
Door Height (Metric)
1800.0mm
Door Width (Imperial)
470.0mm
Door Width (Metric)
470.0mm
Roof Material
OSB
Roof Thickness (Imperial)
8.0mm
Roof Thickness (Metric)
8.0mm
Height (Imperial)
2000mm
Height (Metric)
2000mm
Framing Size (Imperial)
1 1/8" x 1 1/8"
Framing Size (Metric)
28mmx28mm
Glazing Type
Single Glazed
Accreditations
Certified Sustainable
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan
Door Size (Imperial)
6' x 2'
Door Size (Metric)
1800.0mm x 470.0mm
Locking System
Press Lock
Ridge Height (Imperial)
2000.0mm
Ridge Height (Metric)
2000.0mm
Framing Size
28x28mm
Depth At Base (Imperial)
9'
Depth At Base (Metric)
2700.0mm
Width At Base (Imperial)
11'
Width At Base (Metric)
3320.0mm
Packaged Weight
249kgs
Overall Depth (Imperial)
9'
Overall Depth (Metric)
2800.0mm
Overall Height (Imperial)
7'
Overall Height (Metric)
2000.0mm
Overall Width (Imperial)
11'
Overall Width (Metric)
3460.0mm

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Expert Score 9390908585
Price £5,474.00£4,734.00£9,331.89£13,135.07£11,047.50
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Cladding Thickness 16mm16mm12mm12mm12mm
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Joel Bird

Joel Bird

Profile

Our resident shed building expert Joel was the 2014 winner of Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces Shed of the Year having beat over 10,000 applicants to win. He returned to the show the following year as a judge. He is also the author of The Book of Shed and has designed & built over 50 small bespoke garden builds. Joel has appeared on various TV or Radio shows include George Clarkes Amazing Spaces, Alan Titchmarsh Love your Garden, Chris Evans Breakfast Show and BBC Radio 4’s Saturday Live.

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Sources

Merchants Checked

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. 

3. Cladding types identified: overlap board, shiplap tongue & groove, tongue & groove 

4. Global cladding data sourced from: All tongue & groove summer houses 

5. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 74 tongue & groove summer houses 

6. 8′ x 8′ cladding data sourced from: 129 8′ x 8′ tongue & groove summer houses 

7. Cladding thickness types identified: 7mm, 12mm, 19mm 

8. Global cladding thickness data sourced from: All 12mm summer houses 

9. Top cladding thickness data sourced from: Top 74 12mm summer houses 

10. 8′ x 8′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 95 8′ x 8′ 12mm summer houses 

11. Roof material types identified: osb, tongue & groove 

12. Roof thickness types identified: 8mm, 11mm 

13. Roof covering types identified: heavy duty mineral felt, mineral felt 

14. Floor material types identified: osb, tongue & groove 

15. Floor thickness types identified: 12mm, 14mm 

16. Glazing material types identified: horticultural glass, shatter-resistant acrylic, styrene, toughened glass 

17. Glazing thickness types identified: 2mm 

Product ID: SKU: TPCSUM88HD

Size: 8' x 8'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 3

Sheds.co.uk
£1,279.00
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ShedStore
£1,249.00
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BuyShedsDirect
£1,339.00
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