Rated 3.8 out of 5Â by 28
Rated 1 out of 5Â by MechEngr Big Disappointment
Holes in the plastic rarely ever lined up with the holes in the steel parts; fit-ups were very difficult and required much force.
Poor fit of blocks CCF into the corners of posts CCS meant that the screws S2 were far too short to reach the steel inner post.
Molded plastic blocks did not fit the shaped sections well at all.
Markings on the parts came off many pieces in early handling, were very difficult to see on many others. Poorly done!
The internal steel bracing strips are far too flexible to be able to add the needed stiffness to the wall panels. I was only able to complete the walls by adding additional wooden braces.
The "foundation kit" that is included is a joke. It is such light gage sheet metal that it would never support a floor load placed upon it. It might be useful as a jig for placing into a poured concrete base (which I did not do).
The instructions consist almost entirely of "wordless wonder" diagrams -- the sort where you say, "I wonder that that was supposed to mean?" Urgently needs supplemental notes.
April 23, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Sherry Sidemate Satisfaction
The Sidemate Vinyl shed is doing an excellent job in storing our overflow garage items. It does take 2 people to put it together. One reading the instructions and providing the appropriate pieces while the other person assembles the shed. The shed stability was a challenge until all hardware was attached. It is the perfect design for our small area. It blends well with our garage color and is waterproof. Inside, we added a wooden table for more storage capability. Very Satisfied with this Sidemate Shed!
August 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by CW4MDV Simple, yet plenty of storage space
The sidemate storage shed easy to put together even for one person. It took about 2.5 hours at a leisurely pace. Instructions were easy to understand and needed few tools to complete. I have the shed next to my car port and I survived a hurricane a few weeks ago without any issue. I recommend getting this shed.
October 28, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by JNCGoetz Satisfied but not for all locations
Opened the box and was horrified by how flimsy it appeared and disappointed. Parts were not clearly marked and despite assembling numerous shed's etc the directions could have been better but were okay. The products was so flimsy and hard to keep standing (read this as need minimum of two , three people would be better) until the roof supports were on. Suddenly the shed was feeling like a shed. When the roof pieces went on we were quite happy. One piece of 3/4 inch ply for the floor, caulking for the screw holes in the roof and a can of great foam to seal any and all gaps that mice could get into we were content. Will work well in our protected location. I would not recommend this if it were to be installed on any type of a windy location even with installing the recommended tie downs. Liked that all holes lined up during installation, and that we could decide which side to install the door.
September 30, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by LBPSlava if you like the size and shape, small glitches in assembly are bearable
I read all customer reviews before I ordered this shed. I decided to go ahead despite some of the negative experiences I read about because this was the only shed of the right shape and size that I could find, and because those drawbacks seemed to be less than fatal. Now after installing the shed, I can confirm that yes, all those problems do exist, and indeed they are not fatal. They all relate to the defects in the installation instructions and the imprecision of the pre-drilled holes.
Some of the details in the illustrations do not match the actual pierces in small ways: a hole is pictured that does not exist, so you begin to wonder if you're mounting the part the right way. Yes, several of the pre-drilled holes do not quite match; but in all cases but three I was able to force the parts to match up by using that rubber mallet they tell you to use. In one of the three cases I had to drill one small hole using the electric drill; you need the drill for driving the screws anyway. In the other two instances (rivets to hold the roof panels) I simply left the holes unused, and it isn't a big deal: there are plenty of other rivets holding those panels in place.
Printed installation directions do not match the online version, but you should consult both: they kind of complement each other. On the whole, the printed version is more accurate, but the online version is a bit more detailed. Also, it was very important to check the measurements when laying down the initial U-shaped base channels. These dimensions are shown in their proper place only in the online directions. Be sure to check them, otherwise the mismatches in the whole construction may be really bad. In the printed directions the measurements are buried, and you won't think to check them right at the start.
I did all the assembly and installation work by myself, using a step ladder and some duct tape to hold the panels at a few points. It took me 10 hours. The thing isn't an engineering design marvel: it has too many parts, some of which could have been pre-assembled. I've seen better designed DIY port-o-lets. But in the end, with a bit of tinkering and that rubber mallet, the assembly is definitely doable, and if you like the size and look, you can overcome the small glitches.
One thing that is a flaw in the assembled shed is this: the base channels will collect leaves and other debris because there isn't any way to close or seal them: a half-inch wide gutter runs all the way around the base of the shed. You'll have to blow them clean every now and then.
Finally, although the shed came with the foundation kit, I did not use it. A simple frame made of four 4x4 pressure treated beams seemed easier to knock together and much sturdier than those multiple metal parts.
October 7, 2014