Exploring the best outdoor storage sheds delivering a shield to combat weather invasion, analyse Fusion’s 7ft wood plastic composite sheds. Embodying the imperishability of resin through a showcase of tradition.
Similar to the revolutionary design of composite decking boards, Fusion sheds deliver the same results. Devoid of varnishing, you lightly pressure wash them down, and the job’s done.
If considerations are to add a touch of tradition in unison to escaping maintenance hassles whilst a 7½ x 7 footprint fits the plot to fulfil requirements, this futuristic style’s sure to impress.
Fusing wood with polypropylene is Keter’s blueprint, becoming a favourable alternative for many shed replacements pining for the rich elegance of wood. The amalgamation of resin enhances durability & enables breaking away from continual upkeep.
We too closed the door on the wooden variety due to ever-increasing deterioration problems and stepped inside this modern resin world. A hasty hose-shower down revives appearances in rapid strides.
The 757 regards the midway point of the Fusion range, near to squaring 7½ feet across by 7 ft deep.
3 sizes conclude this composite range, each model comprises identical 7½ feet widths, just their lengths vary. Commencing with the smallest 4 ft depth facility, destined to enchant any patio leapfrogging to the capacious 9 ft length, a more substantial storehouse.
Model: Fusion 757
Size: 7½ ft x 7 ft
Colour: Traditional Wood
Verdict: 80% favourable
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Designed to accommodate a conglomerate of stuff suchlike gardening gear, barbecue paraphernalia, patio seating & appurtenances, sports tackle, bikes, lawnmowers including the sit-on variety furthermore to catering for a delightful haven for kids toys.
Alternatively, the 757 can create the dream for a wonderful potting shed or an exquisite mobility scooter station meanwhile with the added benefit of the decent height, storing tall implements like long-handled gardening tools and ladders present no problems.
And because it’s wood the walls cater for securing screws, freeing the floor area by hanging tools up against the walls & incorporating shelving for light goods, albeit, installing a bank of free-standing shelves takes storage options to a whole new level.
The windows can be placed on all sides including the back to suit location & daylight surroundings. Decide prior to constructing, assembly’s pretty straightforward.
Fusing Wood with Polypropylene
As the name suggests, a Fusion has taken place by forming a unique garden shed creation. Amalgamating eco-friendly reusable polypropylene with wood results in a beautiful rich traditional finish enhanced with the durability of weatherproof resin, providing long-term protection against adverse weather.
The resin sheets come in flat-pack formation smoothing the way for a clear & plain assembly method owing to their tongue & groove perimeter edge. Interlinking adjacent panels with a sliding approach meanwhile interlocking with the base encases Fusions from outside.
During assembly the composite panels wrap around a steel framework providing stability to the overall structure meanwhile the longevity regarding dents materialising and producing a demise in appearance is averted through the robust dual-wall skin.
The panels combine two sheets of composite reinforced by a ribbed internal structure ensuring rigidity. The exterior embodies wood’s gorgeous ruggedness to the touch, textured through the grain.
UV protection elements intermix with the composite armouring the surface to withstand the dangers of colour fade and fractures appearing, after-all sheds are sitting ducks to sunburn’s brute-force scorch.
Fusions stylishly disguise the blessings of maintenance-free resin supplant to an expeditious cleanse, allowing to chuck away those old wood-stain tins, unless of-course the wooden fence requires attention.
Nowadays we connect the shower attachment to a standard hosepipe, twist the nozzle to fast pressure & away we go. 10 minutes max delivers quite an effortless duty to rejuvenate the appearance when the grime appears at lightening pace.
Capped off with Polypropylene
An apex construction headlines most of our checklists. Fusion roofs have outstanding high pitches benefiting the inside with a copious amount of headroom providing voluminous & airy internals eradicating any notion of a hemmed in feeling nor a bent-over scenario.
The high peak effectuates instantaneous rainwater drainage preventing the occurrence of puddles developing on the summit, concurrently the roof’s overhang extension beyond the walls creates eaves safeguarding the likelihood of water seeping in where the walls adjoin.
The polymer used for manufacture comprises polypropylene, molded and grey-slate tinted into a classic 3D design purveying the characteristics of conventional roof-tiling, crowning the shed off in true-to-life fashion.
Each roof sheet is manufactured into a dual-wall skin for robustness meanwhile polypropylene safeguards against weather attack Constituting a durable weatherproof makeup puts an end to future re-roofing repercussions, superseding roofing felt’s inability to survive the weather-elements consequently leading to their short term structural demise.
The roof panels screw-secure around a metal framework, additionally under-girded by a series of steel trusses bridging across the apex internal breadth ensuring rigidity is enhanced. Fusions are promoted to sustain significant snow-loads.
Video- Fusion Advantages
View the comprehensive assembly video further down
Integrated Hefty Floor Design
There’s no compromise regarding Fusion’s robust floor-design either. Developing a tough hard-wearing floor resistant to cold, heat and damp eradicates the process of the rot setting in furthermore it’s purposely strengthened to subsist challenging pressures suchlike the ones hefty storage & lawnmowers endure & staunch enough for tractor support too.
Polypropylene sheets make up the floor’s footprint, designed into a brawny thickset base with added toughness thrown in. The floor panels interlink with each other making up the base expanse and deliver shed-encasement by interlocking with the wall panels.
Contrary to a wooden floor, resin withstands decay no matter the weather however it’s worth being mindful regarding the longevity of the hard wearing surface, it will only match the robust description if the shed situates on the stipulated foundations.
Dissimilar to a floor-less metal shed Fusion floors maintain a clean environment by adjoining the walls creating an enclosed unit defying the admittance of gusts of wind blowing debris inside and rain puddles appearing on the shed floor. Quite an impressive feature to how clean storage is kept concerning this design.
Anchorage should be part of every sheds construction. Fusion floors contain indentations for the purpose of driving anchor bolts onto the underneaths solid substrate. Advisable never to skip this part.
Light, Spacious & Airy Interior
Step inside this 50 sq ft Fusion and you’re presented with ample room catering for storing oceans of stuff. Increasing storage options towards the ceiling through the incorporation of stand-alone shelving and voluminous stacking boxes regards a favoured route. This is something we did, it’s surprising what a shed this footprint is able to accommodate capitalising on the internal height.
A light and airy atmosphere opens up inside due to the loftiness of the apex ceiling, the prevention of cracking your head enables freedom to move around without acquiring any claustrophobic type of feeling.
Up above implanted into the roof ridge lies a translucent skylight strip illuminating daylight inside, accompanied by the widows in the walls and doors meanwhile a preserved presence effectuates internally by virtue of two air-vents positioned front & back generating fresh-air current.
As a result of the wooden facade, it’s now possible to install hooks and shelves by virtue of screwing into the walls. A nifty design feature enabling easy installation for hanging gardening tools. Bear in mind though, shelving does have a weight limit to what the walls can support.
Expansive Strapping Entrance
Beefy wide brawny twin doors provide oceans of entry room into Fusions making the process of carting storage in and out a non issue, the same situation presents driving and wheeling in equipment owing to the ramp-shaped access threshold, aiding the process.
Quite a stunning muscular charcoal appearance is derived through the doors manufacture where polypropylene is craftily molded into double skinned formation resembling wood panelling to the outer-face, embodied with weather-resistant UV protection assuring their defence against decay and sunburn-fade.
The doors are one mighty upgrade from their predecessors yet more competitively priced Factor range of sheds. Now including a secure stainless steel locking system moves Fusions ever closer towards the security advantages of metal sheds.
A robust quality closure is presented here owing to the higher grade door hardware as opposed to the fragile tendencies single skinned plastic sheds deliver, furthermore the handle has a built-in padlock clasp for security.
How does a one-step maintenance program of a hose-down sound?
Washing down with a standard hose fulfils our duty, many choose the pressure wash method however just be careful not to spray through the vents. Alternatively a soft scrub with detergent does the trick, maybe a now & again requirement if surrounded by sap leaking trees.
We’ve picked up a great tip for any stubborn ingrained dirt that’s difficult to shift by applying two cups of white vinegar into a warm soapy bucket, rub the marks away followed by a quick hose down works wonders for us.
Fusions remove yearly upkeep duties associated with replacing roofs, re-coats of wood-stain & preserves nor any of their related costs – Virtually Maintenance-Free.
More than 70% of Fusion sheds are manufactured from recyclable materials, the composite mix includes residual wood fibers and recyclable thermoplastics.
Fusion 7½ x 7 ft Measurements
Straightforward Stepped Out Assembly
Fusion sheds receive a great set of results through feedback if they are built on solid level ground, this can’t be emphasised enough. Wood, concrete, paving or asphalt suchlike tarmac raised slightly above ground level fulfils the perfect foundations with priority making sure they’re level.
Conforming to the foundation rules accomplishes a superlative resin shed construction for the following reasons:
- A level base ensures a straightforward assembly owing to the panels easy alignment.
- The doors align plumb due to the shed’s vertical stance resulting in their correct opening and closing swing.
- Level foundations ensure equilibrium regarding the roof weight applying equal pressure on all sides of the shed preventing leaning stresses.
- Solid foundations are imperative for the floor to survive continuous physical forces.
All what’s left to do then regards anchoring to effectuate firm groundings to endure the gales.
On average Fusion sheds take two people approximately 5 hours (give or take) to construct. There’s an overwhelming amount of screws, an automatic screwdriver is the most helpful aid however reduce the torque to prevent rounding the screws by over-tightening.
We took quite a few tips on board for our assembly.
Firstly, we installed a lot of off-site procedures like fitting the door hardware. Payed special attention to reading through all the instructional assembly steps to thoroughly understand the procedure and placed all the parts out in order to the construction sequence represented in the instructions. Being organised really does quicken the build.
We prepared a whole day for assembly as there’s quite a lot to do however as a result of being organised we had an enjoyable build, it’s a straightforward process implementing the steps.
The procedure of the build is demonstrated very well in this assembly video below. Check it out, you’ll grasp the process straightaway.
The video shows the method of lining up the doors too which is highly beneficial. Like anything, once shown you’re on your way to accomplishing a first class assembly.
Watch Fusions Assembly Steps
Advantages and Negatives
- Displaying traditional rich wooden tones
- Durability factor of resin
- Virtually maintenance-free
- Strong sturdy structure
- Weatherproof composition preserves storage
- Decent sized storage facility
- Screw-able walls for hanging tools
- Two person step by step assembly
- Lofty internal height
- Broad access with wide entry double doors
- Sturdy support for heavy snowfall
- Prevents cracking and fading in the sun
- Ventilated for preservation
- Daylight illumines through wall/door windows and skylight
- High-grade stainless steel locking system
- Sublime appearance to complement surroundings
- 10 years Fusion warranty
- Effortless & quick to clean
- Recommended foundations are fundamental
- Exceed the value of the Factor range
- Anchoring down is pivotal
- Damaged deliveries? Request parts are replaced
Composite Shed Competition
Escaping maintenance issues is high on the agenda presently, promoting the quality plastic style to high acclaim however Keter stand alone with their Fusion range as this is the first composite wood/resin design.
Shed Sizes: regards a linkage page comprising of all the low maintenance sheds reviewed on this website. Starting with the smallest footprint working up the ranks.
Here’s a few examples:
Fusion’s rich wooden glow
Fusions exhibit a divine presentation of natural rich wood. A traditional stance destined to complement surroundings combining charcoal doors with vents and roof to two-tone stylishly with the fascia.
Low-maintenance regards Fusions key bonus for anyone craving for wooden appearances. Resistant to decay, a hose-shower down swiftly rejuvenates assembly day’s shine.
Weatherproof, durable & sturdy, Fusion’s are designed to preserve storage throughout changeable weather conditions.
A low maintenance shed with a traditional twist
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