This week we road tested a Durabuilt branded gable roof shed, one of the most popular in their range.
The gable roof shed is one of the sturdiest in the Durabuilt range. Named after its gable shaped roof, this model offers significantly more headroom than its flat and skillion roof cousins. It has surprising clearance inside and depending on the size, certainly more than enough room to swing a cat.
The first thing to decide is what type of door you would like. The standard model comes with a single hinged door that opens outwards. You can also choose a double door on models 2.25m wide and larger or, the convenient sliding door on the 3m edition. There is also an option for a T-Shaped lockable handle that is a great way to keep the kids out.
We liked the option of a fiberglass skylight that made a big difference to the amount of natural light. You could also choose to include of a 5-blade window. It that not only lets the light stream through, it provides much needed ventilation on the warmer days.
Another feature we liked about this garden shed was how tough it is. Like the whole Durabuilt range, it’s made from BlueScope steel so you know it’s good. It’s .35mm in thickness so if you decide to punch it, you are sure to come off second best. Retailers such as
Bunnings have at different times imported Chinese made garden sheds in order to stay price competitive with the online boys. The problem is, most of the Chinese imports are made from steel .25 in thickness and are inferior to the Australian made product. Buying a garden shed from Bunnings is going to cost you more than from an online retailer but it’s not a bad place to see what you might like. Their range is also extremely limited so be prepared to see just a few models.
Colour is another choice you will have to make. Durabuilt offers 25 different options, everything from the standard zincalume right through to Ebony, which is effectively black.
That leaves us with delivery, an important consideration when purchasing a shed. If you have a trailer, Ute or suitable flat bed truck, getting your shed delivered to a local depot is the way to go. This option will cost you absolutely nothing, and there are depots all over Australia. If you prefer delivery to your door, $99 will get it there if you live within 50 kilometers of a capital city. For anyone outside the 50 radius, home delivery can be arranged for around $120 depending on where you are located.
Ok so now you have your shed sitting in the backyard. Only trouble is, its in two boxes. No problem, you can grab a mate, follow the 5 step instructions and if you get stuck, refer to the assembly videos on the Sheds n Stuff website. If you are not that way inclined, a local handyman can get the job done in a few hours, costing you no more than a few hundred bucks.
Durabuilt offer a range of accessories such as shelving and tool hanging racks that can help to keep things tidy in your new garden shed. These are great for keeping your paint tins up off the ground or you favorite blower away from the teeth of your new Labrador.
All things considered, this is a real good value garden shed for the backyard, well made and easy to put together.