Greenhouse Types

Once you make up your mind to build a greenhouse the next major decision is what type of greenhouse you should select. This will be an easy decision if you are aware of what plans you want to grow and a rough quantity. However if you  provide answers to below questions it'll be an easy decision.

For what purpose the greenhouse is used? For growing , for Luxury living or anything else?
What size do I need?

  • *Will it be a major appeal in my garden or I just need to get the work done?
  • *Is it exposed to strong wind or other noticeable weather conditions
  • *Any kids, pets or wild animals will be in the area where the greenhouse id going to be.

Features , cost and space will help you decide on the best type of greenhouse you need to build for your purpose. As an example if you live in a  very windy area it's better paying up a little extra to build a much more strong  hard and well-built greenhouse. However if warmth is the main feature you should focus on a greenhouse with temperature control. Greenhouses differ based on the structural design as well.

There are commonly three types of greenhouses based on the structure:

  • * Detached
  • * Ridge and furrow or gutter connected.
  • * Lean-to

Detached Greenhouse

A Detached Greenhouses

Same as the name detached greenhouses are a self-governing and stand alone individual arrangement. They can still be connected to a work area or to another greenhouse connecting pathway. However the growing area is restricted to the areas just around the side walls and it will weaken the productivity and efficiency.

Ridge/Furrow Greenhouse

A Ridge/Furrow Greenhouse
These are the greenhouse types that are attached at the lower ends of the roof by a gutter. These ridge and furrow greenhouses are mostly built with gabled or curved archways. Gabled greenhouses are generally suitable for heavy coverings  such as  glass, fiberglass and curved arch greenhouses are mostly enclosed with lighter material  such as polyethylene.

Lean-To Greenhouse

A Large Lean-To Greenhouse
This is a very rarely used greenhouse for commercial purposes due to the size restrictions, however this is mostly popular for personal use.

There are three types of greenhouses based on the temperature control feature:

  • Cool greenhouse
  • Warm greenhouse
  • Hot greenhouse

Cool Greenhouse

A Inside View of  Cool Greenhouse
Even though it's called a cool greenhouse this is a frost free greenhouse.  There is a pleasant spring type temperature series from forty to forty five degrees Fahrenheit . This is however perfect for growing little plantlets or any plants that do not need any warm temperatures to stay alive. This is ideal if you are planning to start growing during hot summer months and use of additional heat or lights isn't necessary for a cool greenhouse.

Warm Greenhouse
Inside a warm greenhouse the temperature is maintained at about fifty five degrees Fahrenheit. This will be an ideal temperature for a wide variety of plants can be grown, and gives the feeling of an outdoor garden. These types require additional warmth and light throughout the cold winter months.

Hot Greenhouse

A Hot/Heat Greenhouse
Inside warmth for a hot greenhouse is kept at a minimum of sixty five degrees Fahrenheit. You are able to increase the temperature of this, however as this is mainly targeted to grow tropical and exotic plants and if you live in a very cold and snowy state, you will need to set up additional heating and lighting gear to implement the tropical weather requirements inside the greenhouse.

Greenhouses can be also classified according to the types of materials material they are made of. As an example glass, fiberglass, or plastic each will have it's own set of  type has advantages and disadvantages.

Glass Greenhouse

A Glass Greenhouse
This is the most traditional type of greenhouse covering material used. This mainly comes with Aluminum structures to ensure that you get a weather tight greenhouse structure. These Glass covering greenhouses comes in different sizes and shapes to meet the requirements such as budget and space availability. However the main disadvantage of a Glass Greenhouse is it's easily breakable and due to that there will be a high maintenance cost. visit here for more details.

Fiberglass Greenhouse

A Fiber Galss Greenhouse
Fiberglass is modern and used in many industries for various uses now a days in the industry. These greenhouses are Not heavy as the glass greenhouses, they are strong not easily breakable and even hail proof. However as a disadvantage low quality fiberglass will discolour when it's exposed to sun and rain for some time hence if you are using a good fiber glass it'll be expensive same as the glass greenhouse.

Plastic , PVC , Polyethylene Greenhouses

A Polyethylene Greenhouse
These are lightweight and cheap and transparentness is readily available as well. When properly installed, these can last for about a period of  five to six years. These normally works well during Autumn and Winter but when it is the hot summer period the polyethylene/plastic will easily be damaged. However this is widely used for personal use than for commercial use. Visit here for more details.

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