8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Double Door Apex Summer House
Product ID: SKU: OPASUM86DDMHDBUN
Size: 8' x 6'
Merchants Checked: 12
Our verdict on the 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Double Door Apex Summer House
The 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Double Door Apex Summer House comes with an apex style roof; holds a 15 Years guarantee; is fit with lockable double doors that use a pad bolt locking system; is treated using a pressure treated process ; and makes use of made in the uk, certified sustainable materials. The 4 windows used on this particular 8′ x 6′ use a shatter-resistant acrylic glazing material (Thickness was not specified).
Our experts say this has 3 stand out features. A stand out feature is something found on over 70% of the top 10% of products in a particular category or is an exceptionally good feature as rated by our panel of experts.
1. The mineral felt roof covering found on this summer house is rated to be one of the best by our experts.
2. A floor that is 14mm thick is something our experts say is one of the best available for this kind of summer house.
3. A pressure treated treatment like the one used on this summer house is one our experts are happy to say is one of the best around.
Below is a brief overview of how some of the key points of this summer house fairs across the market.
The overlap board cladding(walls) used here is the worst form of construction for summer house walls out of the 3 types  we’ve identified on same-size summer houses, that you’ll also see getting used on 4% (29 of 741) of all summer houses analysed , and sadly not present at all on any of the 74 summer houses that make up the top 10% of summer houses . You’ll also find the overlap board cladding showing up on 7% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (8 in total) , and if we compare this item against those 8 we find it’s Expert Score is 5% higher than the average score for a 8′ x 6′ overlap board summer house.
The walls are 7mm thick and we rate this the worst thickness out of the 2 found on same-size summer houses . It is used on 2% of all summer houses  and after analysing the top 74 products that make up the top 10% of summer houses , we don’t find this thickness present on any of them. 6% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (6 in total) use 7mm thick walls , and if we compare this item against those 6 we find it’s Expert Score is 5% higher than the average score for a 8′ x 6′ 7mm summer house.
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Osb is the of construction method used for the roofing, our experts rate this one of the best forms of roof material out of the 2 types we’ve found on same-size summer houses . This roofing material is used on 5% of all summer houses analysed, and 1% of the top 10% of summer houses. While you’ll find that the Expert Score of this summer house is 3 points lower than the average for 8′ x 6’s that use osb roof material (77 vs the average of 80), you can be sure it’s not due to the roofing as this one of the highest scoring materials found on 8′ x 6′ summer houses. 10% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (11 in total) use osb construction for the roof.
A 8.0mm thick roof boarding was used on this summer house which is the worst thickness used for a roofing material out of 5 thicknesses identified on same-size summer houses . It’s used on 2% of all summer houses and 1% of the top 10% of summer houses. 4% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (4 in total) use a 8.0mm thick roof boarding.
Mineral felt is used as the roof covering, and out of 2 types identified on same-size summer houses , is said to be one of the best roof covering materials. It comes fitted on 26% of summer houses and used on 43% of the top 10% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses. Even though the Expert Score of this particular summer house is below the average 8′ x 6’s cover their roofs with mineral felt (77 vs the average of 82), with it being on 43% of the top 10%, this should give you confidence in its quality. 39% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (42 in total) make use of a mineral felt material as a roof covering.
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The manufactures of this summer house chose osb for the floor construction, we rate this an about average form of floor construction out of 2 types found on same-size summer houses . This type of floor construction is used on 4% of all summer houses we analysed, with none of the top 74 summer houses making use of this kind of floor material. 8% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (9 in total) use osb construction for the floor. Additionally when taking the average Expert Score of those 8′ x 6′ summer houses (77), the 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Double Door Apex Summer House is the same with an Expert Score of 77.
A 14mm thick floor boarding is used here, this is one of the best floor board thicknesses according to our experts out of 4 found on same-size summer houses . It’s found on 2% of all summer houses with none of the 74 summer houses that make up the top 10% using a floor of this thickness. Even though the Expert Score of this summer house is 1 point lower than that of the average for 8′ x 6’s floored with a 14mm material (77 vs the average of 78), you can be sure it’s not due to the flooring because this one of the highest scoring flooring thicknesses available on 8′ x 6′ summer houses. 4% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses (4 in total) use 14mm thick floor boarding.
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Shatter-resistant acrylic windows come installed on this summer house. As a glazing option, we rate it an about average out of the 3 glazing types found on 8′ x 6′ summer houses . This particular type of glazing is used on 2% of all windowed summer houses with a look at the top 10% of summer houses showing us that none of them choose to install windows with this kind of glazing. 5% of 8′ x 6′ summer houses with windows (4 in total) use shatter-resistant acrylic windows.
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The height of this summer house is 2256mm (7′) which is 3% more than the average 8′ x 6′ summer house, giving you 61.0mm (0.2′) extra headroom.
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The door height is 1,652.00mm (5′) tall which is 3% or 42.39mm (0.1′) taller than the average 8′ x 6′.
The door width is 1,156.00mm (4′) wide which is 3% or 38.37mm (0.1′) narrower than the average 8′ x 6′.
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We found 107 8′ x 6′ summer houses with comparable specifications. The 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Double Door Apex Summer House has an Expert Score that is 6% lower than average and is £127 less expensive than average. If you are looking for the best value or highest expert scoring summer houses out of the 107 with comparable specifications the following might be of interest.
Best value – If you are looking for something comparable that costs less, then you could save £703 with this Optional extra – Add top coat Highclere 8′ x 6′ Double Door with Three Windows Summerhouse Top Coat. It is priced at £142, this is 495% less than this and has an Expert Score of 77, 0 points equal than the 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Double Door Apex Summer House.
Highest Expert Score – With an Expert Score of 95 vs 77 for this product, the Shire Houghton 7 x 7ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Summer House with Veranda is the best 8′ x 6′ summer house with comparable specifications, and is priced at £840, that’s £5 less than the 8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Double Door Apex Summer House.
High Wind Area – If you live in a particularly exposed or high wind area then having a summer house with a thicker cladding and higher than average frame thickness can be preferable. We found at least 3 summer houses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Shire Houghton 7 x 7ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Summer House with Veranda
Oren 6′ x 8′ Shiplap Alcester Summer House
Oren 8′ x 6′ Shiplap Binton Summer House
Coastal Consideration – If you live in a particularly wet or harsher environment such as by the coast then you might want to consider something with a more robust pressure treatment or something made from metal or plastic, both materials that are particularly suited to such harsh environments. We’ve found at least 3 summer houses that have a combination of features that can make them more suited to higher wind areas.
Shire 7x7ft Buckingham Double Door Summerhouse Including Installation
Shire 7x7ft Buckingham Double Door Summerhouse
8′ x 6′ Forest Oakley Wooden Garden Summerhouse
Public-Facing – Extra security measures might be more of a concern if you’re placing your building in an area that is more public-facing than a garden. Features such as security windows or even having no windows at all, and the ability to lock all opening doors are usually much more important when you have something that is more public-facing. We found at least 3 summer houses that have options that you might find a better fit if this is a concern you have.
Redlands 6′ x 10′ Contemporary Summer House
8’x6′ TigerFlex® Shiplap Apex Full Pane Summerhouse
7’x7′ Tiger Vista Corner Summerhouse
More Child Friendly – If you have children and you are looking for something that has that little extra in terms of durability then tougher glazing options might be a better option. Here we have at least 3 other options that will fill those needs.
Shire Houghton 7 x 7ft Double Door Apex Dip Treated Summer House with Veranda
Oren 6′ x 8′ Shiplap Alcester Summer House
Rowlinson 7′ x 7′ Eaton Summer House
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1. Pressure Treated: Considered the most durable wood treatment, this is where the wood undergoes a process called tanalisation. This is where the timber is submerged in specialist wood preservatives (such as Tanalith E, this is actually the origin of the word ‘tanalisation’), this is a unique combination of copper and organic biocide ingredients (it is the copper that gives the finished wood the slightly green colour). The wood then goes into a high pressure vacuum tank (the Wood Protection Association has a good article/video on this) to draw out excess moisture and air and force in the preservatives.
This deep penetration of the exterior wood protects it from the elements and all forms of insect attack. Wood treated this way can last many years without being re-treated. The BS 8417 code of practice (this advises on the choice of timber species and the use and application of wood preservatives) says “ penetration to either 6 mm (15 years) or 12mm (for 30 years) has to be achieved in any exposed surface in sawn material.”
It is also worth noting that if cross cutting, notching or boring treated timber during or after installation, ALWAYS apply an end grain solvent-based (or oil-based) wood preservative treatment to the freshly exposed areas, this will maintain the integrity of the protection. NEVER put cut ends in the ground, even if end grain coated. ↩
10. Roof material types identified: osb, tongue & groove ↩
11. Roof thickness types identified: 8mm, 11mm, 12mm ↩
12. Roof covering types identified: heavy duty mineral felt, mineral felt ↩
13. Floor material types identified: osb, tongue & groove ↩
14. Floor thickness types identified: 11mm, 12mm, 14mm ↩
15. Glazing material types identified: horticultural glass, shatter-resistant acrylic, toughened glass ↩