6’1 x 5’4 Palram Amber 65 Skylight Shed

Prices Around: £309.99
Size: 1.87 X 1.53m
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This small to mid sized garden storage facility captures the best of both worlds, as it uses polycarbonate cladding allied to a galvanised metal frame. That means that the cladding itself is free from worries about rot and rust and is also fire and UV resistant, and yet it has the added strength that comes from a superior quality steel frame. It’s one of the reasons that the manufacturer has been able to supply a 10 year warranty, and of course there’s no maintenance or future treatments required.

We liked the look of this shed both inside and out. The exterior is an attractive amber colour so it will fit in nicely with a garden environment that has lots of trees or timber buildings. The interior is bathed in natural light, thanks to an integrated skylight in the roof. With ventilated gables included as well, it creates a comfortable environment to spend time in.

The apex roof is amongst the tallest that we’ve seen on plastic sheds of this size, and it means that rainwater is carried harmlessly away. As the cladding itself is also very weather resistant you won’t have to worry about the contents of this shed keeping dry all year round.

What we rate

  • Tough aluminium and galvanised steel frame
  • Non-slip floor
  • Attractive amber colouring
  • Easy assembly
  • Integrated skylight and ventilation

What we slate

  • No padlock supplied
  • Warranty period could be longer
How We Rate It
9
Quality 9.5/10
95% Complete
Longevity of Materials 9/10
90% Complete
Storage Size 7.5/10
75% Complete
Ease of Installation 9/10
90% Complete
Value for Money 9/10
90% Complete

Let's Take a Closer Look...

Shed Type, Roof Size

6'1 x 5'4 Palram Amber 65 Skylight Shed CladdingThis apex roofed storage shed looks very different to many of the plastic sheds we see that are made by other manufacturers, and it’s no less attractive for that. Gone is the typical white PVC, and in its place is amber brown cladding underneath a black coloured roof. This gives it an almost traditional feel, so it should be a good choice for people who want the simplicity and ease of use that a plastic storage shed can bring but who still like the rustic appeal that’s traditionally been associated with garden sheds.

The apex roof itself caught our eye not only because of its contrasting colour, but also because of how tall it is. It has a ridge height of 2.14m, or seven foot, and an eaves height of 1.73m, so it’s easy to fit taller objects inside. The overall width of the shed, measured at the base, is 1.87m and the overall depth is 1.53m.

Cladding, Frame and Floor

6'1 x 5'4 Palram Amber 65 Skylight Shed FlooringThe cladding and frame are vitally important for sheds, as it’s this that creates the strength needed to withstand windy conditions among other things. That’s why we were pleased to see that the polycarbonate panels, which in themselves feel stronger than some that we see, were backed up by a frame made of galvanised steel and aluminium. This creates a very strong and stable structure, and yet one that’s also lightweight and easy to construct. The flooring too is made of polycarbonate sheet, but we were glad to see that it had a non-slip property which makes it a much safer surface to walk across, particularly when coming into the shed on a wet day.

Treatment Requirements and Warranty

6'1 x 5'4 Palram Amber 65 Skylight Shed Floor SupportFrom the roof to the floor, the cladding used is very tough and highly effective at keeping precipitation out. That’s why although it was pleasing to see that the manufacturer’s have provided a 10 year warranty, we feel it could have been even longer. Once assembled, of course, there is no need for any future treatments to be carried out, and because the polycarbonate used is UV resistant there’s also no need to worry about the colour fading or changing over time.

Doors and Windows

6'1 x 5'4 Palram Amber 65 Skylight Shed Padlockable DoorWe were glad to see that double hinged doors are used on this shed, rather than the single ones that we sometimes find on garden buildings of similar size, as this makes it much easier to get larger tools and equipment in and out. The opening width of 1.31m and opening height of 1.71m are both in excess of the average, and this can prevent the need to stoop when entering the door which in turn can lead to safer carrying.

Whilst there are no traditional windows there is a clear panel in the roof that acts as a skylight, and there are also vents at the front and back of the shed. This makes a big difference to the interior shed, which is bathed in natural light on sunny days. The natural ventilation provided is also a useful factor in the battle against condensation.

Security Features

6'1 x 5'4 Palram Amber 65 Skylight Shed Secured DoorWe were pleased to see a skylight used rather than a window, as this means that passers by will have no way of seeing what’s kept inside the shed. This can be a valuable security feature, but the feature we would most have liked to see is sadly missing. Although a pad bolt can be used to keep the doors shut the padlock itself isn’t included.

Optional Extras

As mentioned above, we feel that a good quality padlock is an essential purchase along with the shed. It’s not just the fact that a padlock makes the shed much harder to gain unauthorised access to, the mere sight of one can be enough to make opportune thieves go in search of an easier and unprotected target. We were disappointed that there is no option to buy a lock directly with the shed, but they are easily obtainable for a price of less than twenty pounds.

So, How Does It All Stack Up?
Quality 9.5/10
95% Complete
The inclusion of an aluminium and galvanised steel frame is just one indication of the high quality components found across this shed.
Longevity of Materials 9/10
90% Complete
The substrates used are very durable, so we would have liked to see an even more generous warranty period provided by Palram.
Storage Size 7.5/10
75% Complete
There are much bigger storage sheds available, but they often come with much bigger prices attached, and this should have enough storage capacity for most small gardens.
Ease of Installation 9/10
90% Complete
We were glad to see that this shed can be assembled with a minimum of tools and a minimum of fuss. With a friend to help, you should be able to complete the installation process in around three hours.
Value for Money 9/10
90% Complete
We feel that this represents good value for a PVC shed that’s both attractive and durable.
9
Overall Score
Final Thoughts: From a distance it’s easy to mistake this plastic shed for a timber one, but its owners will soon come to appreciate the advantages that this brings over a wooden garden building. The first of these is just how easy it is to assemble, and of course once it’s up the job is complete for the lifetime of the shed. Even after a decade or longer this will look as good as on the day it was first constructed, and of course it’s completely immune to rust or rot. We found a lot to like about this shed, particularly the addition of the skylight will provides a lot of natural light without compromising the overall security.

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