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Mercia 12ft x 13ft Tulip Playhouse with Tower, Slide and Swing

First Added - February 27 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 8 Data Points Updated - 3 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: 633122

Size: 0' x 0'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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80
Good Ranked in the Top 47% of Playhouses.
Position 87 of 188 Playhouses - Down 16 places from previous update.
Quality of materials
Construction quality
Ease of construction
Value for money

See how our panel of industry experts helped create the impartial judging criteria used to calculate the Expert Score.

Our verdict on the Mercia 12ft x 13ft Tulip Playhouse with Tower, Slide and Swing

The Mercia 12ft x 13ft Tulip Playhouse with Tower, Slide and Swing comes with an apex style roof, holds a 10 Years guarantee, and is treated using a dip treated process [1]. The windows window used on this particular 0′ x 0′ use a styrene [2] glazing material (Thickness was not specified).

Base material: wood

Certifications this product meets:

PEFC certified timber[3]

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. The choice of roof covering (mineral felt), is also what we find that 88% of the top 10% of playhouses use.

2. The styrene window installation is known to be a great choice, and our data shows us that 94% of the top 10% of playhouses make use of this kind of glazing.

3. A dip treated treatment process lets us know that this playhouse should be expected to last for a good few years, and is used on 82% of the top 10% of playhouses.

4. The shiplap tongue & groove cladding used on this playhouse is one the best available for playhouses rated by our experts.

5. Our experts say this the tongue & groove floor material used here is one of the best available on all playhouses.

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

Cladding

The shiplap tongue & groove cladding(walls) used here is one of the best forms of construction for walls and is the only type [4] we’ve identified on same-size playhouses, that you’ll also see getting used on 59% (103 of 175) of all playhouses analysed [5], as well as being used on 47% (8 of 17) of the top 10% of playhouses [6]. You’ll also find the shiplap tongue & groove cladding showing up on 86% of 0′ x 0′ playhouses (6 in total) [7], and if we compare this item against those 6 we find it’s Expert Score is 10% higher than the average score for a 0′ x 0′ shiplap tongue & groove playhouse.

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Roofing

Mineral felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 2 types identified on same-size playhouses [8], is said to be one of the best roof covering materials. It comes fitted on 64% of playhouses and used on 88% of the top 10% of 0′ x 0′ playhouses. 43% of 0′ x 0′ playhouses (3 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering, with this product having an Expert Score of 7% higher than the average.

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Flooring

The manufactures of this playhouse chose tongue & groove for the floor construction, we rate this the best form of floor construction out of 2 types found on same-size playhouses [9]. This type of floor construction is used on 41% of all playhouses we analysed, and 24% of the top 10% of those playhouses. 29% of 0′ x 0′ playhouses (2 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the floor. Additionally when taking the average Expert Score of those 0′ x 0′ playhouses (78), the Mercia 12ft x 13ft Tulip Playhouse with Tower, Slide and Swing is just above the average with an Expert Score of 80.

A 12mm thick floor boarding is used here, this is one of the best floor board thicknesses according to our experts out of 2 found on same-size playhouses [10]. It’s found on 26% of all playhouses and used on 24% of the top 10% of playhouses. 29% of 0′ x 0′ playhouses (2 in total) use 12mm thick floor boarding, and when taking the average Expert Score of those 0′ x 0′ playhouses (78), the Mercia 12ft x 13ft Tulip Playhouse with Tower, Slide and Swing is just above the average with an Expert Score of 80.

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Window

Styrene windows come installed on this playhouse. As a glazing option, we rate it one of the best glazing types and is also the only type found on 0′ x 0′ playhouses [11]. This particular type of glazing is used on 77% of all windowed playhouses and 100% of the top 10% of playhouses with windows we analysed. 100% of 0′ x 0′ playhouses with windows (6 in total) use styrene windows, with this product having an Expert Score of 10% higher than the average.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 6 0′ x 0′ playhouses with comparable specifications. The Mercia 12ft x 13ft Tulip Playhouse with Tower, Slide and Swing has an Expert Score that is 10% higher than average and is £2 more expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring playhouses out of the 6 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 £430 with this Mercia 4ft11in x 4ft11in Tulip Wooden Playhouse Installation Included. It is priced at £815, this is 53% less than this and has an Expert Score of 72, 7 points less than the Mercia 12ft x 13ft Tulip Playhouse with Tower, Slide and Swing.

The Mercia 12ft x 13ft Tulip Playhouse with Tower, Slide and Swing is the best scoring playhouse available out of all 6 0′ x 0′ playhouses we analysed.

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 1 playhouses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Starplast Magical House

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.
Mercia 12ft x 13ft Tulip Playhouse with Tower, Slide and Swing
Mercia 12ft x 13ft Tulip Playhouse with Tower, Slide and Swing Installation Included
Mercia 4ft11in x 4ft11in Tulip Wooden Playhouse Installation Included

Product Details

Building Type
Playhouse On Stilts, Playhouses, Playhouses With Slides, Small Wooden Playhouses, Wendy Houses, Wooden Playhouses
Metric Size (Meters)
0' x 0'
Material
Wooden
Roof Style
Apex
Number of Windows
1
Cladding Type
Shiplap Tongue & Groove
Treatment Type
Dip Treated
Guarantee
10 Years
Range
Playhouses
External Dimensions
(H)2470 x (W)3722 x (D)3865mm
Product Contains
Floor, Felt, Fixings, Instructions
Internal Dimensions
(H)1458 x (W)1410 x (D)1177mm
Industry Standards Certification
PEFC Certified Timber / EN71 Safety Tested
Additional Information
This product must be treated with a wood preservative and waterproof top coat once installed and annually thereafter
Additional Assembly Information
Installation Not Included. 2 person Installation recommended. Assembly Instructions included.
Product Dimensions
12ft x 13ft
Assembly Options
Self Assembly Required
Model Name
Mercia Tulip Playhouse with Tower
Weight Of Product (kg)
186
Number Of Doors
1
Effects And Finish
Dip Treated
Floor Material
Tongue & Groove
Base Included
Not Included
Glazing Material
Styrene
Additional Delivery Information
1 man kerbside delivery service. Mercia GP will contact to arrange delivery
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Shed Construction Type
Shiplap
Slide Included
Yes
Floor Thickness (Imperial)
12mm
Floor Thickness (Metric)
12mm
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan

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Expert Score 7578858385
Price £860.00£1,475.00£500.00£819.99£289.99
Size 8' x 6'7' x 7'4' x 4'8' x 7'4' x 4'
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Material WoodenWoodenWoodenWoodenWooden
Cladding Thickness 12mm12mm
Guarantee 10 Years10 Years10 Years
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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.

Homebase – 35509 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.
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. 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. PEFC Certified Timber: The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is a forestry management certification that is comparable to the FSC certification. The PCFC is a global alliance of national forest certification systems that has the goal of promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification. 

4. Cladding types identified: shiplap tongue & groove 

5. Global cladding data sourced from: All shiplap tongue & groove playhouses 

6. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 17 shiplap tongue & groove playhouses 

7. 0′ x 0′ cladding data sourced from: 7 0′ x 0′ shiplap tongue & groove playhouses 

8. Roof covering types identified: mineral felt, osb 

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

10. Floor thickness types identified: 12mm 

11. Glazing material types identified: styrene 

Product ID: SKU: 633122

Size: 0' x 0'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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