The Palram Grey Skylight 8 x 6 Shed is a very smart looking shed that is ideal for those who want a decent, compact sized shed that is easy to install and easy to look after. This is a very private shed as it has no windows, but that does not mean it is dark inside here. The way the roof is made allows natural light to flood into the shed all the while ensuring you have a lot of privacy. The doors are a great size and will make it easy to get things as large as power tools and a mower in and out of the shed.
While this is a plastic shed it is not made of cheap plastic. High tech and high quality polycarbonate panels are what make up the shell of the shed. This is supported with a strong, but light aluminium frame. A strong and anti slip polycarbonate flooring is very practical as well as being anti slip it is also strong. One of the best things about the materials that this shed is made out of is just how low maintenance it is. There is no annual treatment needed, no worries about rot and no issues with you having to clean it all the time. This is a very low maintenance and no fuss kind of shed.
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How We Rate It
Longevity Of Materials9/10
Ease Of Installation9/10
Value For Money8.5/10
Let's Take a Closer Look...
Shed Type And Roof Size
We are big fans of Palram here at WhatShed and here we have the fantastic Palram Grey Skylight 8 x 6 Shed. This is a very smart looking shed thanks to being made with high quality polycarbonate. It gives the shed a very different look to what you get with a wooden shed. We are pleased with the storage space that this offers as the 7 feet 3 inches of depth and 5 feet 9 inches of width is ideal for smaller gardens. Along the ridge of the shed, you have 7 foot 1 inch of height and along the eaves it is 5 feet 9 which is the norm for a shed of this size. This is the kind of shed that will require you to be a little smart with how you place things. If you just open the door and toss tools, gardening equipment, kids toys or even the kids, this shed will fill up pretty fast.
The apex style roof is one of the most noteworthy features of the shed. It first of all has a great look. It has an almost slate kind of look to it which we really like. The roof is made with polycarbonate like the rest of the shed, but it is made very differently. The way it is made makes the roof act as something like a skylight so natural light is able to get in through the roof. This is a great feature and something we really like not just about this shed, but the other Palram sheds that use it.
Cladding, Frame And Floor
The Palram Grey Skylight 8 x 6 Shed is made with polycarbonate panels and we really like the look. These panels are very strong, water resistant and will not fade even if we get lucky and have a good few weeks of sun. We love the grey look of the panels on this shed and as it all clips, screws and snaps together so tightly, you will not have any worries about rain sneaking in.
The whole shed is one very robust structure as the polycarbonate panels are attached to a very strong aluminium frame. The frame is very impressive and in all honesty, Palram may have gotten away with not having a frame and just having the panels snap together. But instead they went the extra mile and made sure there was a strong frame to help make the shed extra strong.
There is a floor included with this which is a nice surprise as that is not always the case with a plastic shed. The floor is made with anti slip polycarbonate and is jet black. We really like the look of this floor and feel it is strong enough to handle any heavy items you plan on storing in here. We also feel that the floor has a very workshop kind of look to it which is something we also really like.
Treatment Requirement And Warranty
The Palram Grey Skylight 8 x 6 Shed is one of the lowest maintenance sheds you will ever come across. This is a huge reason as to why plastic sheds are becoming more and more popular. You do not have to worry about any kind of treatment with this shed. Also you do not even have to worry about any kind of rot or decay. If it does get a little dirty as the years go by all you have to do is give it a blast with the garden hose.
A ten year guarantee is what is on offer with this shed and we feel that this is a very fair guarantee. Due to the materials though, we do not see you ever needing to call on this guarantee. But at least it is there in case something does go wrong.
Doors And Windows
There is a great set of double doors on the Palram Grey Skylight 8 x 6 Shed. We love the design of these doors and they give the shed a lot of personality. They are the same grey colour as the rest of the shed, but they are finished off very nicely with some silver trim and black hinges. The door when opened offers 5 feet 7 room of height and then 4 feet 2 inches of width so we do not see you having any trouble getting things in and out. Even something as awkward as a lawn mower will be easy to take out and then put away.
There are no windows at all on this shed and that is actually one its main selling points. The roof is what is going to allow natural light to enter the shed so you do not need windows.
Security And Privacy
If you take a close look at the door you will see that there is a pad bolt on there. We have to give Palram a thumbs up for including this as so many other sheds just do not bother. This will keep the door securely closed, but if you do want to make sure things are locked away then you will need to add a padlock.
The lack of windows mean that this is a shed which offers 100 percent privacy. We are sure that the privacy this offers is going to come in very handy if you have some expensive things you want to keep hidden away.
Customisation Options And Extras
We are not saying this is a negative thing, but there is no way to customise the Palram Grey Skylight 8 x 6 Shed. The polycarbonate panels do not allow for any kind of customisation. This is not a big deal though as we feel the grey they have chosen along with that silver trim makes this a very smart looking shed.
The only extra that is one offer is their installation service. This does cost an extra £119.99 which we feel is a bit on the expensive side, especially when you consider how easy it is to install a shed like this.
So, How Does It All Stack Up?
We are very pleased with the quality of this shed. There is really nothing at all that we can say we wish they had done differently.
Longevity Of Materials9/10
You are going to get many, many years of use out of this shed. The polycarbonate panels are able to deal with anything the weather throws at it and they require no looking after from you.
This is one of the smaller 8 X 6 sheds we have seen, but for those who are short on space we are sure this is ideal. Just be sure to plan before you store things so you can make the space go as far as possible.
Ease Of Installation9/10
You will need another person to help, but in general a plastic shed is much easier to put together than a wooden one.
Value For Money8.5/10
To some the price may seem a little high considering the size, but when you consider the materials used here, how easy it is to look after and how long it will last, the asking price is not that bad at all.
Final Thoughts: We are very impressed with the Palram Grey Skylight 8 x 6 Shed. It is one of the better smaller sized sheds we have seen and we just love the overall style of it. We feel that this is the kind of shed that is just perfect for those of you who want a shed that is easy to install and then does not require any treating or looking after to keep away rot. We also feel that the more modern look is ideal for those who do not find the classic wooden shed all that appealing anymore. If you want the best and do not mind paying a little extra, then when it comes to 8 X 6 sheds this is one that we highly recommend, especially if low maintenance is something that you are after.