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Plastic Garden Sheds – Reviewed

Plastic garden shed reviews from the best manufacturers including Keter, Rowlinson, Duramax and BillyOh. Plastic garden sheds are becoming very popular due to their durability, ease of assembly, and weather-proof construction. Plastic sheds are a cost effective solution to garden storage with the huge advantage that they require virtually no maintenance. Plastic sheds are sturdy, long-lasting and waterproof allowing you to keep your garden tools, furniture, mower and bikes safe and dry, whatever the weather. Here we review some of the best:

Keter Gemini 6′ x 6′ Apex Plastic Garden Shed Review

Keter Gemini 6' x 6' Apex Plastic Garden Shed

Our Rating:     4.5 out of 5 stars

  • RRP: £429.00 (Keter Gemini 6′ x 6′ Apex Shed)
  • Dimensions: Height 208cm, Width 178cm, Depth 198cm
  • Easy, two person, assembly
  • Virtually maintenance free
  • Weather & UV-resistant (doesn’t fade)
  • Injection-molding technology
  • Complete with flooring, window & skylight

We like:

Keter is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of plastic garden sheds; they offer high quality products that are practical, affordable and low maintenance. The Keter Gemini 6×6 shed offers the benefits associated with a resin construction – virtually maintenance-free, and both weather resistant and UV-stabilised, which means that it will not fade over time. The interlocking construction and the integrated floor will keep both wet weather and pests out, whilst the double door opening, window and integral skylight allow some natural light in.

The Keter Gemini is reasonably straightforward to assemble with 2 people, and if you have a firm, level base prepared, it should take less than 2 hours to put together. A tip to ease assembly is to apply some spray lubricant such as WD40 to the joins of the interlocking sections to help them slide together.

We’re not so keen on:

The door lock is insubstantial so you may feel the need to add a second hasp. Check the shed panels on delivery for any warping, as the shed will be difficult to assemble and won’t sit square if the walls are deformed.

Available from:

Amazon.co.uk

Rowlinson 5’ x 3’ Tall Plastic Garden Shed Review

Rowlinson 5'x3' Tall Plastic Garden Shed

Our Rating:     3.5 out of 5 stars

  • RRP: £259.99 (Rowlinson 5’ x 3’ Tall Plastic Garden Store)
  • Dimensions: Height 198cm, Width 151cm, Depth 83cm
  • Ventilation panels
  • Double doors
  • Sturdy floor
  • Easy assembly, no tools needed
  • Weatherproof construction
  • Made in the UK

We like:

Rowlinson is a family business that has been manufacturing quality garden storage units since 1926. Made entirely from polypropylene, a tough and durable plastic, this shed is hardwearing, whilst ventilation panels ensure a flow of air within the unit itself. Double doors provide good, wide access, meaning that although the shed is compact, you can easily store bulky items such as mowers and kids bikes. The assembly instructions are clear and straightforward, and no tools are required to fit the plastic interlocking parts together. 1 person familiar with following flat-pack instructions can put the shed together in under an hour, but make sure you prepare a flat base to stand it on. If you don’t need a full sized shed but still require somewhere to store your garden tools and accessories, then this tall plastic shed is perfect. However, it’s also worth noting that Rowlinson make an add-on system for this shed allowing you to extend the dimensions to double the depth if you find you need the extra storage space later on.

We’re not so keen on:

The shed is quite lightweight, so try to position it out of the wind, ideally against a wall and anchor to a firm foundation. Although advertised as weatherproof, in extreme weather conditions, rain can seep in, so again try to position it in a sheltered area of the garden.

Available from:

Amazon.co.uk

Duramax Duramate 6’ x 8’ Plastic Garden Shed Review

Duramax Duramate 8' x 6' Plastic Garden Shed

Our Rating:     4 out of 5 stars

  • RRP: £499.95 (Duramax 8′ x 6′ Plastic Shed)
  • Dimensions: Height 186cm, Width 239cm, Depth 160cm
  • Straightforward self-assembly
  • Maintenance free
  • Weather & UV-resistant (doesn’t fade)
  • Wide double door opening
  • Fire retardant, durable pvc construction
  • 15 year limited warranty

We like:

The Duramax Duramate shed has a sturdy construction using a metal frame to support PVC panels. The combination of steel and plastic results in a solid structure that gives the impression it will provide many years of service and provide a reasonably safe and secure storage space. Indeed, the shed comes with Duramax’s 15 year warranty. Manufactured from PVC vinyl, it won’t fade or deteriorate over time making it virtually maintenance free. Although there are no windows in the side panels, a transparent roof panel lets plenty of light in, and having solid walls will help with security.

Assembly is straightforward, but as with all sheds you need to make sure you start with a firm, level base. All parts are pre-cut, drilled and numbered for ease of assembly and the flat-pack kit includes all necessary hardware as well as illustrated instructions. With 2 people you should have the shed built in 2-3 hours. Keep in mind though that the Duramax doesn’t come with an integrated base or floor, so if you don’t have a suitable base already, you’ll need to purchase the steel foundation kit. You could alternatively construct a timber foundation, but this will require maintenance. The Duramax 8′ wide format is ideal as an extra storage space for most gardens or large patios, and its steel frame construction makes it a notch up in terms of sturdiness compared to other plastic sheds.

We’re not so keen on:

The lack of an integrated base means we can’t give the Duramax shed five stars.

Available from:

Amazon.co.uk

BillyOh Retford 4’ x 8’ Premium Woodgrain Plastic Garden Shed Review

BillyOh Retford 4' x 8' Plastic Shed

Our Rating:     4 out of 5 stars

  • RRP: £395.95 (BillyOh Retford 4’ x 8’ Premium Woodgrain Pent Shed)
  • Dimensions: Height 185cm, Width 121cm, Depth 240cm
  • Easy, two person, assembly
  • Maintenance free
  • Generous door opening
  • Weather and UV resistant
  • High quality vinyl cladding
  • Long lasting, galvanized and pre-painted internal steel frame
  • Foundation kit included
  • 15 year limited warranty

We like:

The BillyOh Retford plastic shed is constructed from high-quality vinyl panels fitted around a hot-dipped, galvanised steel frame making the shed corrosion resistant and maintenance free. The resin is UV resistant so will not fade over time and the shed is weather proof so your bikes, mower and garden tools are safe from the elements.

Assembly instructions are clear and assuming you have a firm, level base prepared and a helping hand to hold the panels at the start, this plastic shed can be built in a couple of hours. Given the pent shed design, an excellent feature is the option to be able to fit the door to either end of the shed depending on its position in the garden. The door comes pre-assembled and hooks onto hinge pins which are ready mounted onto the door jambs. The shed also comes with a steel foundation kit, which can either be filled with concrete or fitted with wooden panels for flooring. At 4ft x 8ft, this plastic shed is an ideal storage solution for a narrower garden and with the pent design the shed looks great positioned against a wall.

We’re not so keen on:

No floor material supplied.

Available from:

Amazon.co.uk

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