Top-Rated Palram Solid Roof Patio Gazebos
Palram is a huge global company that specialises in extruded thermal plastic sheets and panel system, so you can be assured their hardtop gazebos are of the highest quality.
They provide an excellent range of outdoor shelters that are able to hold up during strong winds, can be left outdoors all-year-round and will protect you from heavy rain and snowfall.
If you’re looking to spruce up your patio or garden area then it’s certainly worth investing in one of these permanent outdoor gazebos that actually require very minimal maintenance, if any really…
The Palram Martinique and Palermo in particular, are two very popular outdoor gazebos for homeowners who require a sheltered relaxation area that can basically provide a ‘once it’s up, it’s up’ type of patio gazebo that is also extremely robust and strong.
Take a look at my 3 recommendations below where I’ve also added the Milano 3000 for good measure.
Top-Rated Palram Polycarbonate Garden Gazebos
Palram Martinique Gazebo (Permanently Outdoors for All Year Round Use)
This very solid structure is perfect for all year round use and can be left assembled in your garden or patio area with very little care or maintenance required.
Initially, it will take a fair amount of time to put it together (6-8 hours each day over a full weekend) because as you can imagine these types of outdoor gazebos must be assembled properly.
The aluminium uprights are very strong and all have pre-drilled holes in the footplates which makes screwing it into deck or concrete easier and all screws are included.
This gazebo doesn’t have any welded parts which are a key feature, especially amongst Palram gazebos as this prevents any unnecessary rusting and potential weakening of the structure.
The roof section has a ventilated top section to help keep clean air circulating inside the gazebo and also helps to improve stability as it provides an escape route for air at windier times.
The polycarbonate roof section slides together snugly into an aluminium frame whereas other types of hardtop gazebos have what’s called ‘segmented glazing’ which can lead eventually to leaks.
The roof has a snow load of up to 120kg/m2 and a wind resistance of up to 90km/h which means it’s more than adequate at standing up to a UK winter.
6mm Polycarbonate Roof Panels
What’s great about a polycarbonate roof section is that it protects against the Sun’s harmful UV rays but also lets in natural light, unlike metal-roofed gazebos.
These 6 mm twin-wall polycarbonate panels also protect against snow, hail and heavy rain and have an impact rating 200 times higher than glass which means it’s far less likely to be damaged and need replacing than glass too.
These allow for the easy collection of water and prevent rainwater streaming over the sides during heavy rainfall.
Not only do these gutters prevent water splashing on the ground and into the gazebo but it also looks much more professional and shows that this kind of problem has been engineered out of it rather than the consumer having to either put up with it or find a way themselves.
Straight-forward to Build
You must have a minimum of 2 people to properly and safely assemble it but personally I recommend 3/4 because although it’s not ‘hard’ to build it’s time-consuming and you’ll need an organised approach otherwise you’ll find yourself undoing section and starting again.
If you’re familiar with IKEA type of builds then you’ll be ok, however, it may be a good idea to get a local builder to assemble it for you if you have that kind of budget. Doing this also frees up your weekend too.
Ideal for Patios & Deck
Installing a polycarbonate gazebo on your patio or deck is an ideal way to spend spring to autumn relaxing on your own property. Not only does it open up the option to you entertaining friends, family or neighbours but it can also be used to cover a hot tub and even be a focal point of your garden and the envy of you neighbours…
There are screws included to help bolt down the frame into either deck or your patio slabs.
Palram Palermo 3600 Gazebo Shelter for Patio & Deck
This Palram is much easier to build than the Palram Martinique but is a smaller and simpler version of the previous model.
The gazebo is 3.6m x 3.6m which is plenty big enough for most UK gardens and patio areas and can provide a very large dry area for you to relax in or entertain under.
The polycarbonate panels are extremely strong, fit together very well and prevent any leaking, unlike other manufacturers that use a different method.
The panels have a unique bronze tint to help prevent bright sunlight from overpowering you or your guests whilst also enough to let natural light brighten up your relaxation area.
You can purchase mosquito nets and curtains should you need them but more often than not a citronella candle near the perimeter of the frame should keep mosquitos and other flying insects away.
Sturdy in High Winds
As long as you’ve used the included screws to anchor the frame’s legs into a hard surface then this outdoor gazebo is fine in bad weather conditions.
The entire shelter, once it’s all assembled, weighs approximately 75kg which is liftable by a couple of people but together with the screws in place will provide a formidably strong environment that will be fine for use in strong winds and snowfall.
Will last for years to come…
With this type of shelter, you can expect an absolute minimum of 10-15 years of regular use barring any accidental impact damage that you may do to the frame and just basic maintenance.
By clearing the roof of snow gently with a regular yard bush will help lessen the weight on the frame. It’s been made very clear that this product is extremely robust but there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t lend a helping hand by removing snow from the roof section.
No planning permission needed
A frequently asked question is whether a permanent gazebo needs planning permission but the simple answer is no, you do not need planning permission for this type of hardtop gazebo.
Although I have classed this outdoor shelter as a permanent gazebo, it’s actually not a permanent gazebo in the eyes of the law because clearly, it can be taken down. I simply referred to this product as permanent to emphasise its robustness and durability.
Palram Milano 3000 Gazebo with Polycarbonate Roof for Patio
An extremely simple but very effective garden shelter that is ideal for patios, decking, concrete, grassed areas and as it’s so easy to build it’s a great choice for back gardens and at a reasonable price.
With a walk-in height of 210cm (2.1 metres), it’s ideal, especially for taller people that are fed up of shelters that don’t accommodate for them and make them duck when entering.
The large polycarbonate panels make assembling the roof section much easier than most other types of shelter as it’s not as fiddly.
The gutters ensure that rainwater doesn’t drip over the sides and make the shelter look much more professional than alternatives on the market.
Each frame leg has included with it an attachment plate that ensures that it can be fixed to most types of hard surface and makes the whole shelter much sturdier and stable.
There is a curtain rail but curtains and bug nets aren’t included but they can be bought separately via Amazon so just click the button below and do your search inside of Amazon to see the available curtains and nets.
Simple roof design
With gazebos, sometimes simplicity is best… The roof section is screw-free, rust-free and comes in large panels that fit neatly without having to use any tools to connect them.
This makes assembly really easy, helps reduce any chance of potential damage whilst fitting as no heavy tools are required and as they are large they are simple to replace should you have too.
Please bear in mind that replacing these panels is very rare because polycarbonate is 200 times stronger and more resistance than glass to impact damage. Over time, polycarbonate can get a slightly yellow tinge but this is years rather than weeks and also it’s the roof so it is less noticeable than if it were windows etc.
Can be used for outdoor storage
If you live in an area where theft is unlikely then you can use this as a simple storage area for outdoor furniture or ornaments. Please, bear in mind that as there are no sides included, everything you store underneath will be visible to passersby.
Maybe, an outdoor hot tub can be stored underneath or perhaps a motorbike with a cover over the top can be stored underneath, basically, you have a 3 metre by 3 metres of outdoor storage space.
Rust Resistant Frame
The frame is made from heavy-duty aluminium which has galvanised steel connectors which connect the frame section together, whilst the frame exterior is powder-coated with a granular anthracite coating for rust protection and additional longevity.