Forest Garden 3 x 5ft Small Windowless Overlap Apex Dip Treated Shed with Assembly
Product ID: EAN: 5013053151020.0
Size: 5' x 3'
Merchants Checked: 12
Our verdict on the Forest Garden 3 x 5ft Small Windowless Overlap Apex Dip Treated Shed with Assembly
The Forest Garden 3 x 5ft Small Windowless Overlap Apex Dip Treated Shed with Assembly comes with an apex style roof, holds a 10 Years guarantee, and is treated using a dip treated process . The windows window used on this particular 5′ x 3′ use a polycarbonate  glazing material (Thickness was not specified).
Base material: european softwood
Our experts say this has 2 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 sand felt construction like the one used on the roof of this shed is rated one of the best by our panel of experts.
2. This polycarbonate glazing material is one that our experts say is one of the best available for windowed sheds.
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 10% of 5′ x 3′ sheds (14 in total) .
The walls are 7mm thick and we rate this one of the worst thicknesses out of the 12 found on same-size sheds . It is used on 3% of all sheds  and is also used across 1% of the top 10% of sheds  we analysed. 4% of 5′ x 3′ sheds (5 in total) use 7mm thick walls , and when taking the average Expert Score of those 5′ x 3′ sheds (79), the Forest Garden 3 x 5ft Small Windowless Overlap Apex Dip Treated Shed with Assembly is just above the average with an Expert Score of 80.
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Sand felt is the cladding 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 sheds . This roofing material is used on 1% of all sheds analysed, and after looking top 10% of sheds (436 in total), none of them make use of this roof material. Out of all 5′ x 3′ sheds we find this is actually the only one to use a sand felt roofing.
A 8.0mm thick roof boarding was used on this shed which is the worst thickness used for a roofing material out of 11 thicknesses identified on same-size sheds . It’s used on 2% of all sheds and 3% of the top 10% of sheds. 2% of 5′ x 3′ sheds (3 in total) use a 8.0mm thick roof boarding, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 5′ x 3′ sheds (80), the Forest Garden 3 x 5ft Small Windowless Overlap Apex Dip Treated Shed with Assembly is the same with an Expert Score of 80.
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A 11mm thick floor boarding is used here, this is an about average floor board thickness according to our experts out of 10 found on same-size sheds . It’s found on 9% of all sheds and used on 1% of the top 10% of sheds. 9% of 5′ x 3′ sheds (12 in total) use 11mm thick floor boarding.
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Polycarbonate windows come installed on this shed. As a glazing option, we rate it one of the best out of the 5 glazing types found on 5′ x 3′ sheds . This particular type of glazing is used on 1% of all windowed sheds and 1% of the top 10% of sheds with windows we analysed. Out of all windowed 5′ x 3′ sheds this is the only shed to make use of polycarbonate windows.
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The height of this shed is 1570.0mm (5′) which is 15% less than the average 5′ x 3′ shed, giving you 230.0mm (0.8′) less headroom.
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We found 88 5′ x 3′ sheds with comparable specifications. The Forest Garden 3 x 5ft Small Windowless Overlap Apex Dip Treated Shed with Assembly has an Expert Score that is 15% lower than average and is £22 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring sheds out of the 88 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 £502 with this Rowlinson Timber Blocks 0.9m Pack of 2. It is priced at £57, this is 881% less than this and has an Expert Score of 97, 17 points higher than the Forest Garden 3 x 5ft Small Windowless Overlap Apex Dip Treated Shed with Assembly.
Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 100 vs 80 for this product, the Oren 8′ x 2′ Shiplap Pent Bike Shed is the best 5′ x 3′ shed with comparable specifications, and is priced at £569, that’s £10 more than the Forest Garden 3 x 5ft Small Windowless Overlap Apex Dip Treated Shed with Assembly.
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 3′ x 8′ Shiplap Modular Pent Bike Shed
Redlands 3′ x 6′ Shiplap Modular Apex Bike Shed
Loxley 6′ x 4′ Pressure Treated Overlap Apex 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.
Loxley 6′ x 4′ Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Shed
5′ x 3′ Lotus Heritage Green Pent Metal Shed
5′ x 3′ Lotus Anthracite Grey Pent Metal 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.
Redlands 3′ x 8′ Shiplap Modular Pent Bike Shed
5′ x 3′ Absco Space Saver Pent Metal Shed Grey
5′ x 3′ Absco Space Saver Pent Metal Shed Dark Grey
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.
4’x4′ TigerFlex® Shiplap Apex Double Door Shed
4’x4′ TigerFlex® Shiplap Pent Double Door Shed
4’x4′ TigerFlex® Shiplap Apex Security Double Door Shed
Comparisons of Similar Sheds
|Size||4' x 5'||6' x 4'||0' x 0'||8' x 6'||17' x 12'|
|Brand||Adley||Forest Garden||Mercia Garden Products||Forest Garden||Adley|
|Guarantee||10 Years||10 Years||10 Years||10 Years|
12 different sources were used to research information on this product, and 2 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.
Wickes – 19576 products checked, found 1 match.
B&Q – 78905 products checked, found 1 match.
Waltons – 231 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.
Buy Sheds Direct – 1635 products checked, found no matches.
sheds.co.uk – 1999 products checked, found no matches.
BillyOh – 1244 products checked, found no matches.
Garden Buildings Direct – 1284 products checked, found no matches.
Shedstore – 1373 products checked, found no matches.
Tiger Sheds – 635 products checked, found no matches.
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. Polycarbonate: Is one of the toughest plastics available. The excellent toughness and thermal stability make Polycarbonate one of the most widely used thermoplastics. This durability makes this ideal for garden equipment and extremely durable plastic garden structure. Polycarbonate is also used for things such as riot shields, vandal proof glazing, safety helmets and headlamp lenses.
According to data from the British Plastics Fedaration the physical properties of Polycarbonate are that it is very good when exposed to high heat with a maximum continuous use temperature of 125 °C. This is coupled with the outstanding Notched Impact Strength data of 60 – 80 Kj/m². ↩
11. Roof material types identified: osb, sand felt, tongue & groove ↩
12. Roof thickness types identified: 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 16mm ↩
13. Floor thickness types identified: 9mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 14mm, 16mm ↩
14. Glazing material types identified: polycarbonate, single glazed, styrene, toughened glass, toughened safety glass ↩