Rowlinson 6′ x 4′ Shiplap Apex Security Shed
Product ID: SKU: BUNDLE-SECU6X4T
Size: 4' x 6'
Merchants Checked: 12
Our verdict on the Rowlinson 6′ x 4′ Shiplap Apex Security Shed
The Rowlinson 6′ x 4′ Shiplap Apex Security Shed comes with an apex style roof, holds a 10 Years guarantee, fit with single doors, is treated using a dip treated process , and makes use of certified sustainable materials. The windows window used on this particular 4′ x 6′ use a styrene  glazing material (Thickness was not specified).
Our experts say this has 4 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 shiplap tongue & groove cladding used on this shed is one the best available for sheds rated by our experts.
2. A 12mm thick cladding like the one used on walls of this shed is one of the best rated by our experts.
3. The mineral felt roof covering found on this shed is rated to be one of the best by our experts.
4. Our experts say this the tongue & groove floor material used here is one of the best available on all sheds.
Below is a brief overview of how some of the key points of this shed fairs across the market.
Great, our experts say most of the cladding options used are among the best.
The shiplap tongue & groove cladding(walls) used here is one of the best forms of construction for shed walls out of the 2 types  we’ve identified on same-size sheds, that you’ll also see getting used on 31% (1,373 of 4,360) of all sheds analysed , as well as being used on 42% (185 of 436) of the top 10% of sheds . Even though the Expert Score of this particular shed is 4 points below that of the average shiplap tongue & groove clad 4′ x 6’s (they have an average Expert Score of 91), with it being on 42% of the top 10%, its use here is a reassuring sign of a high quality cladding. You’ll also find the shiplap tongue & groove cladding showing up on 25% of 4′ x 6′ sheds (93 in total) .
The walls are 12mm thick and we rate this the best thickness out of the 4 found on same-size sheds . It is used on 54% of all sheds  and is also used across 58% of the top 10% of sheds  we analysed. Even though the Expert Score of this particular shed is 5 points below the average 12mm clad 4′ x 6’s score of 92, the fact that 58% of the top 10% use a cladding this thick is reassuring as a sign of quality. 39% of 4′ x 6′ sheds (144 in total) use 12mm thick walls .
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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 sheds . 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 4 points lower than the average for 4′ x 6’s that use osb roof material (87 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. Our experts say it’s one of the best roof covering materials, and is also the only kind identified on same-size sheds . 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 (87 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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The manufactures of this shed chose tongue & groove for the floor construction, we rate this the best form of floor construction and is the only type found on this size of shed . This type of floor construction is used on 36% of all sheds we analysed, and 59% of the top 10% of those sheds. Even though the Expert Score of this particular shed is 4 points below the average of 91 for 4′ x 6’s using a tongue & groove flooring, with it being on 59% of the top 10%, you can be assured that this is a quality flooring material. 23% of 4′ x 6′ sheds (86 in total) use tongue & groove construction for the floor.
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Styrene windows come installed on this shed. As a glazing option, we rate it the worst out of the 2 glazing types found on 4′ x 6′ sheds . 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, with this product having an Expert Score of 8% higher than the average.
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The height of this shed is 2060mm (7′) which is 7% more than the average 4′ x 6′ shed, giving you 130.5mm (0.4′) extra headroom.
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The door height is 1,685.00mm (6′) tall which is 8% or 117.77mm (0.4′) 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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We found 367 4′ x 6′ sheds with comparable specifications. The Rowlinson 6′ x 4′ Shiplap Apex Security Shed has an Expert Score that is 2% lower than average and is £52 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring sheds out of the 367 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 £447 with this Optional extra – Add top coat Shiplap 6′ x 4′ Dip Treated Shed Single Door with One Opening Window Top Coat. It is priced at £112, this is 398% less than this and has an Expert Score of 90, 2 points higher than the Rowlinson 6′ x 4′ Shiplap Apex Security Shed.
Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 100 vs 87 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 £60 more than the Rowlinson 6′ x 4′ Shiplap Apex Security 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
Comparisons of Similar Sheds
|Size||9' x 6'||7' x 5'||4' x 2'||6' x 8'||6' x 8'|
|Brand||Outsunny||Shed Republic Ultimate||Forest Garden||Shed Republic Ultimate||Shed Republic Ultimate|
|Guarantee||3 Years||15 Years||3 Years||3 Years|
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.
ManoMano UK – 922302 products checked, found 1 match.
Wilko.com – 21232 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.
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. 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. ↩
11. Roof material types identified: osb, tongue & groove ↩
12. Roof covering types identified: mineral felt ↩
13. Floor material types identified: tongue & groove ↩
14. Glazing material types identified: single glazed, styrene ↩