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Shire Milton 8 x 6ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Timber Summer House

First Added - February 27 2022
Last Updated - August 4 2022 - 11 Data Points Updated - 3 Data Points Added
Reviewed & curated by a panel of garden building experts. Using methodology 1.1

Product ID: SKU: 136970

Size: 8' x 6'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

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£1,445.00
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90
Amazing! Ranked in the Top 12% of Summer Houses.
Position 140 of 1188 Summer Houses - Up 193 places from previous update.
Quality of materials
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See how our panel of industry experts helped create the impartial judging criteria used to calculate the Expert Score.

Our verdict on the Shire Milton 8 x 6ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Timber Summer House

The Shire Milton 8 x 6ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Timber Summer House comes with an apex style roof, fit with double doors, is treated using a dip treated process [1], and makes use of fsc® certified materials. The 3 windows used on this particular 8′ x 6′ use a toughened glass glazing material (Thickness was not specified).

Base material: european softwood

Certifications this product meets:

FSC certified timber[2]

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 12mm thick cladding used is as thick as the walls found on 92% of the top 10% of summer houses.

2. The toughened glass window installation is known to be a great choice, and our data shows us that 93% of the top 10% of summer houses make use of this kind of glazing.

3. A dip treated treatment process lets us know that this summer house should be expected to last for a good few years, and is used on 70% of the top 10% of summer houses.

4. The tongue & groove cladding used on this summer house is one the best available for summer houses rated by our experts.

5. The mineral felt roof covering found on this summer house is rated to be one of the best by our experts.

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

Cladding

Fantastic, our experts say most of the cladding options used are among the best.

The tongue & groove cladding(walls) used here is the best form of construction for summer house walls out of the 4 types [3] we’ve identified on same-size summer houses, that you’ll also see getting used on 38% (278 of 741) of all summer houses analysed [4], as well as being used on 51% (38 of 74) of the top 10% of summer houses [5]. You’ll also find the tongue & groove cladding showing up on 30% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (32 in total) [6], and when taking the average Expert Score of those 8′ x 6′ summer houses (87), the Shire Milton 8 x 6ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Timber Summer House is just above the average with an Expert Score of 90.

The walls are 12mm thick and we rate this an about average thickness out of the 5 found on same-size summer houses [7]. It is used on 78% of all summer houses [8] and is also used across 92% of the top 10% of summer houses [9] we analysed. 60% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (64 in total) use 12mm thick walls [10], and if we compare this item against those 64 we find it’s Expert Score is 5% higher than the average score for a 8′ x 6′ 12mm summer house.

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Roofing

Mineral felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 3 types identified on same-size summer houses [11], is said to be one of the best roof covering materials. It comes fitted on 26% of summer houses and used on 43% of the top 10% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses. 39% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (42 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering, with this product having an Expert Score of 9% higher than the average.

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Window

Toughened glass windows come installed on this summer house. As a glazing option, we rate it the best out of the 5 glazing types found on 8′ x 6′ summer houses [12]. This particular type of glazing is used on 20% of all windowed summer houses and 93% of the top 10% of summer houses with windows we analysed. While you may not find a toughened glass of this kind on many of the 8′ x 6’s (only 23% use it), with it being on 93% of the top 10%, it’s quality can generally be assured, especially with the Expert Score of this 8′ x 6′ coming 1% higher than the average 8′ x 6′ summer house that uses toughened glass windows.

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Height

The height of this summer house is 2210.0mm (7′) which is 1% more than the average 8′ x 6′ summer house, giving you 15.0mm (0.0′) extra headroom.

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You Might Also Consider

We found 11 8′ x 6′ summer houses with comparable specifications. The Shire Milton 8 x 6ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Timber Summer House has an Expert Score that is 2% higher than average and is £18 more expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring summer houses out of the 11 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 £510 with this Shire Parham 7 x 7ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Summer House. It is priced at £935, this is 55% less than this and has an Expert Score of 80, 10 points less than the Shire Milton 8 x 6ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Timber Summer House.

Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 92 vs 90 for this product, the Oren 6′ x 8′ Shiplap Alcester Summer House is the best 8′ x 6′ summer house with comparable specifications, and is priced at £1,299, that’s £146 less than the Shire Milton 8 x 6ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Timber Summer House.

High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a summer house with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 3 summer houses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Shire Houghton 7 x 7ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Summer House with Veranda
Oren 6′ x 8′ Shiplap Alcester Summer House
Oren 8′ x 6′ Shiplap Binton Summer House

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 summer houses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Shire 7x7ft Buckingham Double Door Summerhouse Including Installation
Shire 7x7ft Buckingham Double Door Summerhouse
8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse

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 summer houses that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
Redlands 6′ x 10′ Contemporary Summer House
8’x6′ TigerFlex® Shiplap Apex Full Pane Summerhouse
7’x7′ Tiger Vista Corner Summerhouse

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.
Shire Houghton 7 x 7ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Summer House with Veranda
Oren 6′ x 8′ Shiplap Alcester Summer House
Rowlinson 7′ x 7′ Eaton Summer House

Product Details

Building Type
Small Summer Houses, Summer Houses, Wooden Summer Houses
Metric Size (Meters)
8' x 6'
Material
Wooden
Roof Style
Apex
Number of Windows
3
Door Type
Double Door
Cladding Type
Tongue & Groove
Cladding Thickness
12mm
Treatment Type
Dip Treated
Number Of Doors
2
Glazing Material
Toughened Glass
Roof Covering
Mineral Felt
Depth (Imperial)
5"
Depth (Metric)
1790.0mm
Height (Imperial)
2210.0mm
Height (Metric)
2210.0mm
Width (Imperial)
7"
Width (Metric)
2390.0mm
Weight
250 kg
Assembly Service Required
No
Accreditations
FSC® Certified
Building Type
Summerhouse
Window Size (Metric)
nan x nan

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Expert Score 9390889085
Price £5,474.00£4,734.00£13,306.51£9,331.89£13,135.07
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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.

Wickes – 19576 products checked, found 1 match.
Waltons – 231 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.
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. FSC Certified Timber: The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organisation that is “dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests.” When you see the FSC certification it means the forest where this wood was sourced from is being managed in a way that preserves biological diversity, while ensuring it sustains economic viability. FSC-certified forests are managed to strict environmental, social and economic standards. FSC certified timber is comparable to Certified Timber

4. Global cladding data sourced from: All tongue & groove summer houses 

5. Top cladding data sourced from: Top 74 tongue & groove summer houses 

6. 8′ x 6′ cladding data sourced from: 107 8′ x 6′ tongue & groove summer houses 

7. Cladding thickness types identified: 7mm, 12mm, 19mm, 34mm 

8. Global cladding thickness data sourced from: All 12mm summer houses 

9. Top cladding thickness data sourced from: Top 74 12mm summer houses 

10. 8′ x 6′ cladding thickness data sourced from: 64 8′ x 6′ 12mm summer houses 

11. Roof covering types identified: mineral felt, osb, polyester felt 

12. Glazing material types identified: acrylic, shatter-resistant acrylic, single glazed, styrene, toughened glass 

Product ID: SKU: 136970

Size: 8' x 6'

Merchants Checked: 12

Available From: 1

Wickes
£1,445.00
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Support WhatShed: by making a purchase after clicking a link above, a portion of the sale supports this site.