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The Alston Heavy Duty Apex shed is constructed using high quality materials to provide a strong, robust and a quality garden shed. This shed is ideal for a garden workshop or to house large gardening equipment. As standard, the Alston Heavy Duty Apex features a fully framed ledged and braced door, with optional double door upgrade and Georgian windows fitted with toughened safety glass.
The Alston Heavy Duty Pent offers an alternative roof style. See the Alston Heavy Duty Pent page for more details and sizes available.
Choice of Timber Cladding
Cladding on the Alston Heavy Duty Apex shed is available in a choice of 12mm deal shiplap, 18mm premier deal shiplap, 15mm deal Loglap or 15mm Tanalised E deal. The 12mm deal, 18mm premier deal shiplap and 15mm deal Loglap are pre-treated with a high quality, water-based wood preserver inside and out. The 15mm Tanalised E deal has a reputation for longevity, since the boards are placed in a pressure vessel and the preservative is forced deeper into the timber. The cladding has a green/yellow colour which is well liked but our recommendation is to re-treat it shortly after installation, and then annually afterwards - just as with the other cladding options to keep it in tip-top condition.
The Alston Heavy Duty Apex shed is supplied as standard with a Green or Red colour mineral felt.
Fully Framed, Ledged and Braced Door with 3 Lever Lock
Strong, secure and built to last with heavy duty zinc door hinges, zinc turn buttons, chrome hook and eye and a chrome door handle.
Professionally made Georgian windows with toughened safety glass.
Heavy Duty Framework
Framework throughout this model is 50mm x 50mm
12-Month Workmanship Guarantee
All buildings are fully guaranteed to be free from defects and faulty installation for a period of 12 months.
|Width||Ridge Height||Eaves Height||Door|
|6ft (1.80m)||2.49m||1.94m||1.88m x 0.91m|
Installation by our own skilled fitters onto a suitably prepared base (not included).
Pressure treated, rot-proof floor bearers create an air-gap between your building and the floor, helping to prevent damp from the ground getting to the building.
Heavy Duty Floor
For additional strength and durability, upgrade to 18mm timber floorboards.
Upgrade your single door to a 4’ or 5’ double door, useful for larger storage items and easy access in and out of your shed
Complement and extend the life of your building with a Felt Shingle roof. Available in Green, Red, Slate or Black.
A timber workbench that runs the length of your Harpford Barn shed.
Add additional windows to allow more natural light into your shed.
Range of Sizes
We have a great choice of sizes available - making sure we have the perfect building for your property!
Improve the security of your garden shed by upgrading to a security pack. Heavy duty door hinges and padlock protector enhances the security of your garden shed.
Customise your building with a range of eye catching colours.
The Alston Heavy Duty Apex shed is a substantial, well built shed with a whole range of options from different external claddings, to paint finish and shingle roof tiles.
Pictured here is the 3m x 2.4m version .
The Georgian window style is standard.
The 4ft double front door is an additional option as the standard fitting is a 3ft single door. This building is set up on pressure treated floor bearers which keep the floor joists up off the ground.
This is the 4ft wide optional double door which has a 2ft 6in master section to the RH side and a 18in slave section to the left. Alternatively you can fit a 5ft double door.
The doors are fully framed as shown in the picture and fitted with a 3 lever mortise lock and chrome handle.
A very substantial roof truss supports the Alston roof preventing sagging and/ or distortion of the roof.
Please note that the roof is constructed with tongued and grooved timber, not chipboard or fibreboard which is often used in cheap buildings. Using real timber makes the roof stronger and longer lasting.
The Alston Heavy Duty Apex shed is available in a standard range of 21 sizes but that isn't to say we can't build to the exact size you need !
This 8ft x 6ft version is probably the most popular size.
The single door is standard with all Alston buildings and has 3 sturdy zinc coated hinges.
The door knob has been replaced by a chrome handle in 2017 and a secure 3 lever mortice lock fitted as standard.
This is the standard external tongued and grooved cladding used on all of our Fort sheds, summerhouses and playhouses. The finished thickness after machining is 12mm. It is treated with a good quality preservative prior to leaving the factory but we do recommend that you re-coat within a few months and preferably in the late autumn each year. You can purchase the appropriate timber treatment from us if you wish.
If you wish, you can upgrade to 15mm thick tanalised external cladding. Tanalised, or pressure treated timber, has a reputation for longevity since the boards are placed in a pressure vessel and the preservative is forced deeper into the timber. The cladding has a green/yellow colour which is well liked but our recommendation is to re-treat it shortly after installation, and then annually afterwards just as with the other cladding options to keep it in tip-top condition.
Tanalised buildings include tanalised floors, roofs, doors, windows, and framing... in other words the whole building !
The picture shows the optional loglap cladding available with any of our Fort Original buildings. 15mm is measured at the widest point of the tongued and grooved board. The internal face is the normal smooth face you get on our standard cladding. This is a cladding that is chosen predominantly for its looks rather than any technical advantage. After care is the same as for our other cladding options described here.
Shown here on one of our summerhouses, this building has been painted with 'swiss blue' and white. If you choose a paint finish then you can have a maximum of two colours, generally used so that the highlights are one colour and the main body of the building another.
The paint is applied at the factory after the building has been preservative treated and therefore requires a couple of extra weeks on top of the normal delivery time. This means that the internal finish is the normal preservative colour rather than the external colour.
With 12 colours to choose from the possibilities are ( almost ) endless !
All of our Fort Original buildings are fitted with a sturdy tongued and grooved floor as you would expect from buildings of this quality ( rather than chipboard or fibre board ).
For additional strength you can upgrade to a heavy duty floor ( pictured on the LH ) which has 18mm thick floorboards on 45mm x 45mm joists. The standard floor has 12mm floorboards on 45mm x 30mm joists.
This is a useful security enhancement if you are concerned about the security of your building.
With the security pack, each of the 3 hinges has a number of its screws replacing with bolts which are tightened from the inside. A padlock protector is fitted which protects the hasp of the padlock from hack saw attack !
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We take pride in making sure that your building will arrive in perfect condition - that is why we use our own team of drivers and fitters. As with all of our garden buildings, we like to provide our customers with a suitable delivery time. We always give good notice of our arrival date allowing you to be sure it is the right time for you. We always appreciate any helpful information regarding access to your pre-prepared base area, plus any details you may need to share with us about reaching you - so that the delivery process can run as smoothly as possible.
Our Fort Original Sheds all come with optional installation. If you are thinking about having your garden shed installed by our skilled team of fitters, please be aware that you will need to have a good, strong, level base, pre-prepared prior to your delivery date. We would normally recommend a base constructed from either slabs, concrete or heavy duty decking. We will always confirm these details with you at point of order and we will provide you with base plans if needed. These measures ensure that no detail is left out - ensuring that your garden shed will be both delivered and installed without any inconvenience.
Our delivery times can vary from season to season. All of our buildings are made to order, so during the busy spring to summer seasons, this may increase depending on the building that you have purchased. Please feel free to contact us on 0800 999 0123 to check our current delivery times.