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Rowlinson 4′ x 6′ Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Shed

First Added - February 27 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 17 Data Points Updated - 3 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: BUNDLE-OLAP6X4PT

Size: 4' x 6'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 2

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Good Ranked in the Top 24% of Sheds.
Position 1290 of 5459 Sheds - Down 258 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 Rowlinson 4′ x 6′ Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Shed

The Rowlinson 4′ x 6′ Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Shed comes with an apex style roof, holds a 10 Years guarantee, fit with single doors, is treated using a pressure treated process [1], and makes use of certified sustainable materials. The windows window used on this particular 4′ x 6′ use a styrene [2] glazing material (Thickness was not specified).

Base material: timber

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 mineral felt roof covering found on this shed is rated to be one of the best by our experts.

2. A pressure treated treatment like the one used on this shed 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 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 [3] we’ve identified on same-size sheds, that you’ll also see getting used on 8% (357 of 4,360) of all sheds analysed [4], as well as being used on 3% (12 of 436) of the top 10% of sheds [5]. You’ll also find the overlap board cladding showing up on 19% of 4′ x 6′ sheds (69 in total) [6], and when taking the average Expert Score of those 4′ x 6′ sheds (81), the Rowlinson 4′ x 6′ Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Shed is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.

The walls are 8mm thick and we rate this an about average thickness out of the 12 found on same-size sheds [7]. It is used on 1% of all sheds [8] and is also used across 1% of the top 10% of sheds [9] we analysed. 1% of 4′ x 6′ sheds (4 in total) use 8mm thick walls [10], and when taking the average Expert Score of those 4′ x 6′ sheds (80), the Rowlinson 4′ x 6′ Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Shed is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.

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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 3 types we’ve found on same-size sheds [11]. This roofing material is used on 18% of all sheds analysed, and 8% of the top 10% of sheds. While you’ll find that the Expert Score of this shed is 9 points lower than the average for 4′ x 6’s that use osb roof material (82 vs the average of 91), you can be sure it’s not due to the roofing as this one of the highest scoring materials found on 4′ x 6′ sheds. 19% of 4′ x 6′ sheds (70 in total) use osb construction for the roof.

Mineral felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 3 types identified on same-size sheds [12], is said to be one of the best roof covering materials. It comes fitted on 22% of sheds and used on 49% of the top 10% of 4′ x 6′ sheds. Even though the Expert Score of this particular shed is below the average 4′ x 6’s cover their roofs with mineral felt (82 vs the average of 89), with it being on 49% of the top 10%, this should give you confidence in its quality. 26% of 4′ x 6′ sheds (96 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering.

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Flooring

The manufactures of this shed chose osb for the floor construction, we rate this an about average form of floor construction out of 3 types found on same-size sheds [13]. This type of floor construction is used on 20% of all sheds we analysed, and 5% of the top 10% of those sheds. 21% of 4′ x 6′ sheds (78 in total) use osb construction for the floor.

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Window

Styrene windows come installed on this shed. As a glazing option, we rate it the worst out of the 7 glazing types found on 4′ x 6′ sheds [14]. This particular type of glazing is used on 6% of all windowed sheds and 1% of the top 10% of sheds with windows we analysed. 10% of 4′ x 6′ sheds with windows (18 in total) use styrene windows, and when taking the average Expert Score of those styrene 4′ x 6′ sheds (81), the Rowlinson 4′ x 6′ Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Shed is just above the average with an Expert Score of 82.

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Height

The height of this shed is 2000mm (7′) which is 4% more than the average 4′ x 6′ shed, giving you 70.5mm (0.2′) extra headroom.

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Doors

The door height is 1,630.00mm (5′) tall which is 4% or 62.77mm (0.2′) taller than the average 4′ x 6′.
The door width is 647.00mm (2′) wide which is 31% or 197.51mm (0.6′) narrower than the average 4′ x 6′.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 270 4′ x 6′ sheds with comparable specifications. The Rowlinson 4′ x 6′ Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Shed has an Expert Score that is 7% lower than average and is £129 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring sheds out of the 270 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 £277 with this Optional extra – Add top coat Shetland Shiplap Apex 6′ x 4′ Dip Treated Shed Single Door with Window Top Coat. It is priced at £112, this is 246% less than this and has an Expert Score of 92, 10 points higher than the Rowlinson 4′ x 6′ Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Shed.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 100 vs 82 for this product, the Oren 6′ x 5′ Shiplap Pent Bike Shed is the best 4′ x 6′ shed with comparable specifications, and is priced at £619, that’s £230 more than the Rowlinson 4′ x 6′ Pressure Treated Overlap Apex Shed.

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 7′ x 5′ Shiplap Pent Bike Shed
Oren 8′ x 4′ Shiplap Pent Bike Shed
Redlands 5′ x 6′ Shiplap Modular Apex Bike 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 4′ Lotus Heritage Green Pent Metal Shed
6′ x 4′ Yardmaster Green Metal Shed 65GEYZ
6′ x 4′ Forest Tongue and Groove Pressure Treated Wooden 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.
6′ x 4′ Yardmaster Platinum Tall Pent Metal Shed
Redlands 7′ x 5′ Shiplap Apex Bike Shed
Redlands 5′ x 6′ Shiplap Modular Pent 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.
6′ x 4′ Forest Premium Tongue & Groove Pressure Treated Apex Shed
6′ x 4′ Forest Tongue and Groove Pressure Treated Wooden Shed
4’x6′ TigerFlex® Shiplap Apex Double Door Shed

Product Details

Building Type
Apex Sheds, Cheap Sheds, Cheap Wooden Sheds, Garden Sheds, Posh Sheds, Pressure Treated Sheds, Shed with Windows, Small Sheds, Small Wooden Sheds, Wooden Sheds
Metric Size (Meters)
4' x 6'
Material
Wooden
Roof Style
Apex
Number of Windows
1
Door Type
Single Door
Cladding Type
Overlap Board
Cladding Thickness
8mm
Treatment Type
Pressure Treated
Guarantee
10 Years
Height (Imperial)
2000mm
Height (Metric)
2000mm
Depth
1.835 m
Height
2 m
Width
177 cm
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan
Floor Material
OSB
Glazing Material
Styrene
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Persons To Assemble
2 Persons Recommended
Door Height (Imperial)
1630mm
Door Height (Metric)
1630mm
Door Width (Imperial)
647mm
Door Width (Metric)
647mm
Roof Material
OSB
Internal Depth (Imperial)
5' 10"
Internal Depth (Metric)
177cm
Internal Width (Imperial)
3' 10"
Internal Width (Metric)
117.4cm
Opening Windows
None
Accreditations
Certified Sustainable
Door Size (Imperial)
5' x 2'
Door Size (Metric)
1630mm x 647mm

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Joel Bird

Joel Bird

Author

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 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.

ManoMano UK – 922302 products checked, found 1 match.
sheds.co.uk – 1999 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.
Wilko.com – 21232 products checked, found no matches.
Homebase – 35509 products checked, found no matches.
Buy Sheds Direct – 1635 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. 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. 

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

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

6. 4′ x 6′ cladding data sourced from: 367 4′ x 6′ overlap board sheds 

7. Cladding thickness types identified: 7mm, 8mm, 9mm, 10mm, 12mm, 16mm, 34mm, 44mm 

8. Global cladding thickness data sourced from: All 8mm sheds 

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

10. 4′ x 6′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 4 4′ x 6′ 8mm sheds 

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

12. Roof covering types identified: mineral felt, polyester felt, sand felt, shingles 

13. Floor material types identified: osb, shiplap tongue & groove, tongue & groove 

14. Glazing material types identified: acrylic, horticultural glass, polycarbonate, polyethylene, security windows, single glazed, styrene, toughened glass, toughened safety glass 

Product ID: SKU: BUNDLE-OLAP6X4PT

Size: 4' x 6'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 2

Mano Mano
£370.97
See Deal
Sheds.co.uk
£349.00
See Deal

Support WhatShed: by making a purchase after clicking a link above, a portion of the sale supports this site.