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Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by powderMonkey A very high quality and attractive aluminum and steel reinforced vinyl shed
I saw one of these sheds in person, and the appearance caught my interest, and the steel tubular and angular roof truss support beams sold me. That along with the extruded aluminum ridge beam and steel wall track makes for a very strong structure.
I did a ton of research before this purchase including downloading the assembly manual and calling the manufacturer, and I found out that these sheds are no longer made. The person I spoke to said the market is too competitive and the margins are too small which is a shame because the quality and strength of this shed is unmatched in anything I've seen before, and I've been looking at sheds for 3 years now.
It comes in a huge crate around 75" x 55", it won't fit in a truck bed, pay the money for home delivery like I did. The freight driver called me and I was able to run home and help him unload it and wheel it into my garage.
When I unpacked the crate, there was a piece of cardboard that was soaking wet and had some mold on it, apparently the crate had been stored outside at some point. The steel floor track was rusty, and one of the doors was stained yellow from the long term contact with the wet cardboard. I called the number in the book and had the replacement parts in about 6 business days no sweat. So don't worry about the sheds being out of production as you can still get replacement parts!
I built what is called an on-grade foundation. I dug down about 6" and compacted the earth, added 2-3” of gravel, and set nine solid 4" masonry blocks. I laid three treated 4x4's across the blocks and secured them with concrete anchors. Then I built the 2x4 treated wood foundation with joist hangars as shown in the manual, on top of the 4x4's which I secured it to with 4" construction screws. I used treated wood approved hex drive 2½” and 3½” construction screws throughout the foundation.
I put 1/4" hardware cloth (screen) all around the foundation and buried it into the ground the keep out vermin. Then I made aluminum flashing (trim coil) with a rented flashing brake to encapsulate the edges of the wooden foundation. Then I applied silicon to the bottom of the floor track and secured it to foundation. The flashing runs under the floor track to the inside with silicon in between, this will keep water out. When it was built I added 16x16 recycled rubber 3/4" flooring. I probably spent $700 on the foundation and the flooring, but this baby is solid, 100% watertight, and should easily last 10-15 years if not more.
The shed went together fairly easily. I prebuilt the trusses, the doors, and the ridge beam the night before assembly. I also washed all the walls and roof panel and grouped them by like parts. On assembly day I was able to put up the corners and all the walls by myself – a rubber mallet is essential – but it was an almost completely calm day. If it is windy at all do not attempt assembly. I had a helper come over for about one hour to help me set the trusses into place on top of the walls, install the ridge beam, and put up the first section of roof panel. Then I was back to working solo.
The hardest part was getting the last piece of roof panel to lock in on each side. I had to use four 24" speed bar clamps to help get everything in line so the roof panels would lock together. It took me about 8 hours, would have been faster with a helper the whole time.
Now that it's been built for a couple of weeks, I've had the chance to stand in it when a storm came through that showed up red in intensity on radar, it was absolutely pounding down the rain, and I am happy to say this shed doesn't leak anywhere!
The best features are the aluminum and steel structural reinforcements, the roof panels have integrated gutters, the foundation plans in the manual are nice, the manual is also very good and very detailed but you have to pay close attention to very small details to see which direction things go together. And finally the appearance is very nice when done.
My tips on assembly would be to build a very solid foundation, and to get the floor track laid out to the exact dimensions as shown, lay out all the material and group items that are the same. I hope my review was helpful to you.
May 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Kidd13 Excellent 10x8 Shed!!!!
The shed was fairly easy to assemble. I did 90% of the work by myself including building a 12x8 wooden deck. I needed help with the roof. Once completed it looks awesome and very sturdy. I looked at all manufacturers and this by far is the sturdiest. I am looking to get a 10x10 since I will be moving soon. I wish they came in bigger sizes, but excellent buy for the price. You want be disappointed
May 3, 2014