This is an extremely good buy, and that has a lot to do with the fact that it comes with tongue and grove cladding as standard. It is nice to see such cladding on a shed at this price. Strong and watertight, it will give you a solid shed for years to come.
There are security windows that really help to give you peace of mind, and a lovely apex roof that adds head height and rain protection. The building also comes with a handy 10-year warranty too.
A high quality shed that has a surprising bonus in the cladding, this is an excellent choice for garden storage.
What we rate
You get tongue and groove as standard, and this is a real surprise at this price.
Decent interior space is provided.
The building comes with special security windows.
What we slate
The lack of a padlock is a problem, and we recommend you buy your own.
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of Materials8.5/10
Ease Of Installation8/10
Value For Money10/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type and Roof Size
This building is a storage shed, and it is 8 x 6 in size. This converts to a size of 202 cm in width and 238.8 cm in depth. Once you are inside the storage shed, the size does reduce a little bit, and the width goes down to 181.4 cm. With regards to the depth, this reduces to 234.4 cm internally.
There is a good reason for this reduction. Building materials have to be a certain thickness, and when you consider that this building has cladding, as well as a frame, it does reduce measurements a little internally. All this means is that you lose a few centimetres on the inside of the building.
The roof is an apex roof, and this looks lovely, and traditional. The practicality of the roof comes in the head height. When you are inside the building, you get a little more headroom down the centre of the interior. The apex also gives you a couple of other benefits, mainly the advantage of having better runoff of rainwater.
The roof has been created using solid sheet material. This is literally soilid wood, and it will prove to be good defence against rainwater. You also get sand felt for the covering. With the sand felt and the solid sheet combined, there is a good level of protection. You don’t have to worry about the roof being vulnerable to damp, simply because you have this solid combination.
Cladding, Frame and Floor
We were immediately impressed here. Cladding is important to an outdoor building because it provides that barrier against poor weather. BillyOh has covered this building in tongue and groove cladding, and it couldn’t have worked out better. Tongue and groove involves locking panels of wood together tightly and seamlessly. This results in a smooth and extremely strong outer surface, The combined weight of the panels brings a very solid exterior. And it’s watertight too.
There’s plenty of visual appeal here as well. Tongue and groove looks smoother and more attractive, and when you paint the building you’ll simply have a better finish. We think it transforms this building and gives it a lot of value.
The floor is another good aspect of the building. We liked the fact that you get a couple choices here. You can either have a solid sheet floor or tongue and groove floor, and there’s not much difference in price so the choice isn’t that difficult. Buying tongue and groove flooring alongside that high quality cladding makes sense to us. And you get that durability in the floor, which will prolong the life of the building.
Solid sheet is not a problem, and it will provide a good floor. But if you want durability for years to come, and a floor that won’t bend and buckle under any heavy footfall (or the storage of machinery of example) tongue and groove is the best solution.
You can of course opt for no floor. This is fine if you have the technical knowhow required to fit your own solution.
So you have great cladding and the chance to match that solidity in a flooring choice. We were impressed with the cladding because you don’t often see tongue and groove as standard at this price.
Treatment Requirements and Warranty
The shed has been treated at the factory so when you get it home it can be assembled straightaway. You will need to treat it yourself on an annual basis though. Keep the guarantee documents close to hand because there are terms and conditions here, and one of them will involve the annual treatment. Basically, if you don’t treat it every year you run the risk of making that guarantee void.
Doors and Windows
The windows in this building are one of the key selling features because they are special security windows. Small enough to keep unwanted attention at bay, they are positioned high up on the walls. This means you get the benefit of the light that comes through the windows (and there is plenty of light here) but you also have illumination without exposure. Therefore, any opportunist thieves won’t be able to see inside the building. At the same time, you also get the benefit of great light through windows that have styrene glazing, which is clearer (and tougher) than conventional glass.
The double doors have a good height of 168 cm, which is ample for access. And they open up nice and wide to 166.5 cm.
Security and Privacy
Those special security windows provide a strong amount of privacy as well as security. But when it comes to the prevention of entry through the doors, a turn button is supplied. This doesn’t really present any deterrent, so it is worthwhile purchasing padlock, just for your own peace of mind.
Customisation Options and Extras
We were impressed with that tongue and groove cladding as standard, so it was a bonus to see just how many customisation options BillyOh provided. We liked the fact you could choose shelving, This makes a huge difference to storage. You can have it running throughout the interior, and this is a great option, especially if you want to maximise that space.
Every good shed needs a good base, and there are some choices here too. You can have bearers only, which will lift up the building, providing some protection against a damp ground. You can also purchase the Eze Base that BillyOh manufacture. Both options are valuable, but we would plump for the Eze, simply because it’s a complete solution and will do a great job of both keeping the building off the ground and giving it a solid foundation.
You can also buy paint to colour the building, specifically in the areas of the trim and the walls. There is plenty of choice here, and you can really customise your shed with the colours offered.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
That tongue and groove cladding really sets the tone here. We were surprised to see it in a shed that comes in under £300 and it is both great to look at and incredibly strong. Add in a couple of customisation options like the flooring for example, and you have a high quality building overall for the price.
Longevity Of Materials8.5/10
The tongue and groove will help keep the shed going for a long time. The pre-treatment sets you up for the first year and we think the roof is solid enough to provide ample protection against rain.
A standard shed when it comes to size, but you can maximise that storage with shelving if you want to. However, it isn’t small, and you can easily store a number of tools, as well as decent-sized machinery.
Ease Of Installation8/10
It should take you a couple of days to get this up, especially if you have someone working with you. You don’t need to pre-treat either, so that reduces time considerably.
Value For Money10/10
We have to say this presents excellent value, especially with that cladding. You get a shed that is ready to use and has great security in those windows.
Final Thoughts: Another great shed from BillyOh, and a lot of generosity with that cladding, We can’t emphasise enough how important good cladding is, at least on the strength side of things. And to see such high quality cladding on a shed that retails for under £300 is a real surprise.
Add some options, especially in the way of flooring, and you still have a very good quality shed with plenty of life in it for well under £500. If storage is an issue, buy the shelving.
We think you’ll enjoy this shed, and we think it presents a good option for simple, effective garden storage.