The decision to buy a backyard greenhouse is probably based on several factors — reputable greenhouse manufacturers carry well-designed and engineered units in a wide range of prices; prefabricated models are relatively easy to assemble in a short time; many greenhouse suppliers offer the necessary equipment or will order it for you.
You may have additional reasons for preferring the convenience of buying a greenhouse, such as a particular design or type of building material that would be difficult to duplicate. Whatever your reasons, purchasing a backyard greenhouse will provide you with a super-strong structure that can be completely operative in a short time.
# Go for a Prefab Greenhouse
There are several models of prefabricated greenhouses available in the market today. You may find the small, inexpensive, soft-plastic-and-wood structures; the standard-size units covered with hard plastic, glass; or a combination of the two; and the elegant greenhouses made of curved glass and metal frames. Whatever your particular need, you should look for building materials that will be best suited to your climate, a style that will blend into your landscape, and the largest amount of growing space within your price range.
It is advisable to see various models before you select one. And then, find time to see the model you decide to buy and arrive at a very clear understanding of what you will receive from the manufacturer and what it will cost. The package price of most kits usually does not include foundation, heaters, instruments, wiring, lights, plumbing, sink, or the delivery of the utilities to the site. The actual cost of the greenhouse will depend on the building materials you select, the size of the unit, and any shipping costs that apply. Consequently, it’s a good idea to purchase the necessary equipment at the same time you order the greenhouse.
Most people who are at all handy have little or no difficulty with fitting or assembling wood-and-glass or wood-and-hard- plastic conventional greenhouses. They usually find these units go together quickly and easily. Less expensive houses made of soft plastic and wood or fìberboard may be more difficult to assemble. Fitting and taping or attaching the soft plastic can be frustrating; nailing together inexpensive frames and doors may also prove difficult. Be sure to ask your greenhouse manufacturer just how much assembling and skill your particular greenhouse kit will require.
Once properly assembled, all prefabricated units become functioning greenhouses; the main difference between these various greenhouses will be longevity. You should try to keep in mind when you select a prefabricated unit that less permanent building materials, while less costly in the beginning, will require more maintenance and may require frequent replacement.
* This is PART ONE of a two-part article. PART TWO will be published on Tuesday morning.
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