Very few sheds are able to have such a striking first impression like The 6’1 x 7’9 Palram Amber 68 Skylight Shed. This is one fantastic looking shed that has a style and class that really sets it apart from all the other sheds that are out there. It’s almost, workshop like appearance makes it a structure that will be something you are proud and happy to have in your garden. The lack of windows is more than made up for thanks to all the natural light that gets in through the roof panels. This is a shed for people who not only want a place to work on some fun projects, do a little DIY or even as a place to store things, but people who want a shed that is going to look great and make their garden even better.
This shed is made from some very interesting, high quality and great looking materials such as the walls which are comprised of, high impact polycarbonate panels which are held together with an aluminium frame to make this a shed that will last for a long time. The roof with its panels to let in natural sunlight is made from UV polycarbonate and is done in a apex style to keep the rain out.
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of Materials9/10
Ease Of Installation8.5/10
Value For Money8.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
This is one great looking shed that we are sure will result in love at first sight for most people who see this. It has a very workman, industrial type look to it and we absolutely love it. The shed is a brown wood inspired colour and to really make the shed that extra bit more special there is a nice silver effect on it throughout. This is one large shed offering you all the storage space you could ever need, you could easily fit in a lawn mower and a whole host of other items. The depth of the shed is very impressive at 7 feet 10 inches and the width is also great at, 6 feet 2 inches. This huge amount of floor space will have your mind racing with all the things you can store in here and how to organise them. The height of the shed is 7 feet at the ridge with the eaves having a height of 5 feet 8 inches. You could actually use this as a workshop and have more than enough headroom to walk around comfortably.
You really cannot go wrong with an apex roof and this shed has one impressively strong and reliable apex roof. The roof panels are made from, UV polycarbonate and we could not be any more impressed with it. It lets in just so much natural light and does a wonderful job in keeping the rain out, the apex design makes the rain just run right off to help give even more protection. As well as being very practical the roof also looks fantastic.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
From a distance you may think that this shed is actually made of wood. That is not actually the case it is made from plastic. When we say plastic we do not mean cheap plastic, but high impact polycarbonate panels. These are just fantastic, first of all they look amazing, but they also offer a lot of protection from the elements. This type of material is very strong and will look great for many years.
The Polycarbonate Panels are very strong, but to make sure this shed is going to be standing for a number of years, Palram have used this very reliable, aluminium frame to tie everything together and make sure those walls keep standing up for a lot of years. This is a frame that is rather unique and we feel that it not only offers the shed a lot of strength, but it makes it so the shed is easy to build.
Perhaps the thing that took us by surprise the most with the Palram Amber 68 Skylight Shed was the flooring. Rather than use wood flooring like the majority of other sheds do, Palram are using this, anti-slip polycarbonate flooring which is some of the strongest flooring you can get, this is made even more so if you actually bolt this shed down to a concrete surface. The flooring has been designed so that it is no big deal if it gets wet, you can just wipe it all off very easily. In all this flooring is unique, practical and it does not look too shabby either.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
A classic wooden shed does look fantastic, but maintaining and looking after it can be a real pain in the rear end. You do not have this kind of trouble with this shed. The polycarbonate panels are just so easy to look after. You can just use the hose to wash away any mess or give it a quick wipe over with a cloth. You do not even have to worry about treating the shed once per year either which is great.
You will get a ten year warranty with this shed and that is something that impresses us a great deal. This is the type of shed that with a very minimal amount of care will last you way over ten years.
Doors And Windows
The doors are done is a wooden brown style like the rest of the shed and they have this very sleek looking silver trim to them. The double doors when open make getting things inside no issues at all. Even something as large as a mower will fit through the doors very easily. The width of the doors is 4 feet 4 inches and the height is 5 feet 7 inches. Each door is held in place by two black hinges and there is also a black latch.
This shed has no windows which may sound a bit odd at first, but when you consider the vast amount of natural light you get from the roof panels, you will not miss the windows at all.
Security And Privacy
This type of Polycarbonate Panelling offers you a great deal of security which is just what you want from a shed. You have a very durable structure here and the latch on the door allows for a padlock to be added with no hassle at all with how cheap a padlock is this is something that we actually recommend.
When it comes to privacy this shed really comes into its own. The lack of windows make it so when the doors are closed there is no way to peek inside, but those roof panels still let in some natural lighting so it is not dark and gloomy like you are in a cave. If you want to store your things or even have a space to work that is 100 percent private then this is it.
Customisation Options And Extras
As fantastic as this style of shed is there is not really anything you can do to the outside of the shed. A potted plant alongside it or something similar is one way to add a bit more personality to it. But for the most part all of the customisation that you will be doing will be on the inside of the shed.
One of the really amazing things about this shed is that you get everything you need right out of the box. There are no extras required for this shed at all which means more money to spend on tools and other things to put inside.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
When you first read plastic, you will think that it will be lacking in quality, but the type of plastic used here, polycarbonate is very high quality.
Longevity Of Materials9/10
The materials used here are going to last for a number of years. This is a very durable shed that can take harsh weather and also a bit of abuse over the years. There is also very little maintenance required to keep the shed in top condition so you will have a long lasting shed that asks little of you in return.
The open space when you first walk into this shed is pretty amazing and something that makes this such a great shed. You will have enough room for a whole load of tools and gardening gear or even enough space for you to work on some DIY style projects if that is your thing.
Ease Of Installation8.5/10
You will need a friend who you can boss around to help you build the shed and also get the snacks in during designated breaks. These panels slot together very easily and truth be told this is one of the easier sheds to put together so even DIY novices will be able to get this up in a few hours.
Value For Money8.5/10
It is kind of crazy to think that this shed is £369.99. This is amazing value for money as you are getting a good looking shed, lots of storage space and a shed that is going to last for a number of years.
Final Thoughts: This is one impressive looking shed. We are sure even before some people have read what materials are used they will be hitting that buy button, purely because of how great it looks. Well the good news for those folks is that they are getting a shed which is made from some of the strongest plastic imaginable. With how good those polycarbonate plastic panels look it is easy to forget about that amazing apex roof which allows for a lot of natural sunlight. We are sure this is a shed that is going to be the pride of many gardens all over the country for a lot of years to come.