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Forest Garden 4×3 Apex Dip treated Overlap Wooden Shed with floor (Base included)

First Added - February 27 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 15 Data Points Updated - 3 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: EAN: 5013053176719

Size: 4' x 3'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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Average Ranked in the Top 42% of Sheds.
Position 2250 of 5459 Sheds - Down 627 places from previous update.
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Our verdict on the Forest Garden 4×3 Apex Dip treated Overlap Wooden Shed with floor

The Forest Garden 4×3 Apex Dip treated Overlap Wooden Shed with floor comes with an apex style roof, holds a 10 Years guarantee, is fit with lockable single doors that use a hasp and staple locking system, and is treated using a dip treated process [1].

Base material: wood

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. A floor that is 14mm thick is something our experts say is one of the best available for this kind of shed.

Below is a brief overview of how some of the key points of this shed fairs across the market.

Cladding

The overlap board cladding(walls) used here is the worst form of construction for shed walls out of the 4 types [2] we’ve identified on same-size sheds, that you’ll also see getting used on 8% (357 of 4,360) of all sheds analysed [3], as well as being used on 3% (12 of 436) of the top 10% of sheds [4]. You’ll also find the overlap board cladding showing up on 16% of 4′ x 3′ sheds (19 in total) [5].

The walls are 7mm thick and we rate this one of the worst thicknesses out of the 7 found on same-size sheds [6]. It is used on 3% of all sheds [7] and is also used across 1% of the top 10% of sheds [8] we analysed. 6% of 4′ x 3′ sheds (7 in total) use 7mm thick walls [9].

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Roofing

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 [10]. 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 4′ 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 8 thicknesses identified on same-size sheds [11]. It’s used on 2% of all sheds and 3% of the top 10% of sheds. 5% of 4′ x 3′ sheds (6 in total) use a 8.0mm thick roof boarding.

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Flooring

A 14mm thick floor boarding is used here, this is one of the best floor board thicknesses according to our experts out of 8 found on same-size sheds [12]. It’s found on 2% of all sheds and used on 1% of the top 10% of sheds. Even though the Expert Score of this shed is 4 points lower than that of the average for 4′ x 3’s floored with a 14mm material (80 vs the average of 84), you can be sure it’s not due to the flooring because this one of the highest scoring flooring thicknesses available on 4′ x 3′ sheds. 3% of 4′ x 3′ sheds (3 in total) use 14mm thick floor boarding.

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Height

The height of this shed is 1600.0mm (5′) which is 16% less than the average 4′ x 3′ shed, giving you 250.0mm (0.8′) less headroom.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 95 4′ x 3′ sheds with comparable specifications. The Forest Garden 4×3 Apex Dip treated Overlap Wooden Shed with floor has an Expert Score that is 12% lower than average and is £103 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring sheds out of the 95 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 £174 with this 6′ x 2’6 Forest Large Double Door Pent Wooden Garden Storage Bike / Mower Store Outdoor. It is priced at £200, this is 87% less than this and has an Expert Score of 80, 0 points equal than the Forest Garden 4×3 Apex Dip treated Overlap Wooden Shed with floor.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 100 vs 80 for this product, the Rowlinson 4′ x 3′ Windowless Heritage Shed is the best 4′ x 3′ shed with comparable specifications, and is priced at £454, that’s £80 more than the Forest Garden 4×3 Apex Dip treated Overlap Wooden Shed with floor.

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.
Adley 6′ x 2’6″ Shiplap Pent Shed
Redlands 3′ x 6′ Shiplap Modular Pent Bike Shed
Rowlinson 4′ x 3′ Windowless Heritage 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 2′ Forest Large Premium Log and Tool Store
Rowlinson 4′ x 3′ Pressure Treated Shiplap Apex Shed
Rowlinson 4′ x 3′ Windowless Overlap Apex 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 6′ Shiplap Modular Pent Bike Shed
Adley 3′ x 6′ Premium Windowless Shiplap Apex Shed
Redlands 7′ x 3′ Shiplap Apex 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.
Adley 3′ x 6′ Premium Windowless Shiplap Apex Shed
Oren 4′ x 4′ Shiplap Modular Custom Apex Security Shed
Redlands 4′ x 4′ Double Door Shiplap Modular Pent Shed

Product Details

Building Type
Apex Sheds, Cheap Sheds, Garden Sheds, Pressure Treated Sheds, Small Sheds, Wooden Sheds
Metric Size (Meters)
4' x 3'
Material
Wooden
Roof Style
Apex
Door Type
Single Door
Cladding Type
Overlap Board
Cladding Thickness
7mm
Treatment Type
Dip Treated
Guarantee
10 Years
Locking System
Hasp and Staple
Number Of Doors
1
Base Included
Base included
Floor Thickness (Imperial)
14.0mm
Floor Thickness (Metric)
14.0mm
Eaves Height (Imperial)
1600.0mm
Eaves Height (Metric)
1600.0mm
Roof Material
Sand Felt
Roof Thickness (Imperial)
8.0mm
Roof Thickness (Metric)
8.0mm
Colour Group
Natural
Floor Supplied
Floor included
Frame Thickness (Imperial)
28.0'
Frame Thickness (Metric)
28.0mm
Product Weight
91.8kg
Single/double Doors
Single
Gtin
5013053176719
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan

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Joel Bird

Joel Bird

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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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Merchants Checked

12 different sources were used to research information on this product, and 1 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.

B&Q – 78905 products checked, found 1 match.
Waltons – 231 products checked, found no matches.
Wickes – 19576 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. 

3. Global cladding data sourced from: All overlap board sheds 

4. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 436 overlap board sheds 

5. 4′ x 3′ cladding data sourced from: 118 4′ x 3′ overlap board sheds 

6. Cladding thickness types identified: 7mm, 8mm, 12mm, 34mm, 44mm 

7. Global cladding thickness data sourced from: All 7mm sheds 

8. Top cladding thickness data sourced from: Top 436 7mm sheds 

9. 4′ x 3′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 7 4′ x 3′ 7mm sheds 

10. Roof material types identified: hd wefs, osb, sand felt, tongue & groove 

11. Roof thickness types identified: 8mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 19mm 

12. Floor thickness types identified: 8mm, 10mm, 11mm, 12mm, 14mm 

Product ID: EAN: 5013053176719

Size: 4' x 3'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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£374.00
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