This is an old post, but we have had a few repost requests , so here it is…
We at Shed Force are passionate about our sheds~! We can’t emphasis enough just how important good quality Metal Storage is. Why?? Well if you have several thousand pounds of sports equipment or gardening tools you need to be sure they are safe and secure.
Since we started the blog (and our sister website) we have been asked “Why bother spending all this time and money looking at sheds, it’s just a shed – isn’t it”
So, to prove our point we got a local guy to build an Asgard Shed and another shed from a local garden centre. Just to see what he thinks are the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Our man was selected on the criteria of:
No real practical skills – Never built a shed before – Has no interest in sheds (at all) – He lives in a flat so he needs to lock up bikes etc. in a communal garden area – So security is an issue.
Hopefully this short blog will tell you why you should look at quality and longevity in your Metal Shed not just a cheap short term fix. In this short article we will compare a shed at around the £220 (We will call this shed X) with a mid level shed Metal shed from Asgard at around £450.
Overall Construction- First Impressions:
Shed X is made from quite thin feeling corrugated steel. The steel is then painted with a special paint to give some weather proofing against the elements. The entire unit is supplied flat packed for self assembly – all screws and fittings are supplied, as are detailed assembly instructions. All components are wrapped together; the weight of the entire flat packed unit is light and nice and easy to move around. Finished in a light grey colour - A good start.
Asgard is constructed from thicker feeling steel which is coated in a weather proof polyester paint giving a tough weather resistance. The Asgard unit is also supplied flat packed (for home assembly) - (An assembly option is available at extra cost from Asgard). All screws and fittings are supplied with detailed illustrated instructions. The unit is delivered by an Asgard delivery van as the weight of the unit is considerable. Each panel is individually wrapped in blanket during transportation to ensure there is no damage and to reduce packaging waste. The delivery guys carried the unit through to the build point.
Shed X is really easy to assemble. The panels are light and easy to handle. There are very few screws in the unit, so assembly is swift and easy. It is worth
noting the panels on this shed don’t have the best finish, sharp corners are every where so a pair of gloves are recommended. In general the shed feels a little cheap (but then it is) and rather oddly there is no base?
Very intuitive to assemble, the instructions aren’t really needed – The panels are handed and have a sticker on them for the man who would rather go blind than read instructions (me!). There are a lot of screws in this unit so an electric screwdriver is essential. The weight and quality feel of the panels is immense, the roof of the Asgard weights as much as the entire weight of shed X. (I must admit putting the roof on myself was tricky as I am (ahem) a little short. I would get a helper next time. The finish of each panel is near perfect, no sharp edges anywhere and despite the vast number of screw holes – EVERY SINGLE ONE lines up! – which is pretty amazing. The Asgard unit takes a little longer to assemble (45 mins on my own + the odd rest) simply because there is a base in this unit and so many screws. When I say base I mean a real base!! It’s rock solid – all the side panels link into it internally, so it really is a tough little cookie. Again I recommend gloves – Asgard has no sharp bits, but these panels are very heavy.
I am no expert in sheds, but I did notice that all the fixings on the Asgard are internal so once the unit is locked up you can’t get in. Shed X has all the screws on the out side – which I really don’t understand!?!? If I am a burglar all I need is a 50p screw driver to break in. However it does make shed X really easy to put together where with the Asgard you have to be inside the unit to screw it together.