Ask any concrete contractor, a greenhouse is a fantastic addition to your backyard. You don’t even need to have a large backyard as greenhouses come in several shapes and sizes to suit all needs.
The benefit of a greenhouse is that you can grow certain types of flowers and plants all year round and they’ll be protected from the outside elements. They also just generally look pretty amazing. Join our team as they lay out five tips on crafting a greenhouse in your backyard.
1. What do you want to grow?
You need to know what sort of climate your greenhouse will be before you can build it – and to figure that out, you need to know what you’re going to grow. It’s easiest to pick a host of plants that will all thrive in the same ecosystem. Write down the plants and then you can establish your ecosystem and what you’ll need to create it.
It’s important to note that extreme contrasting environments to the one outside will be expensive and require more hardware such as cooling and heating systems. These are best suited for larger greenhouses – but not impossible to manage for smaller ones.
2. Size and garden style
Once you have your ecosystem sorted, you’ll need to figure out how big you want your greenhouse to be and also where your plants are going to sit. Are they going to be on shelves in pots, containers or terrariums?
Or are you going to be building the structure around a garden bed? If you’re looking at moving your greenhouse around to different parts of your garden then a more lightweight, portable greenhouse can also be looked at.
When we think of greenhouses, we predominantly think of ones with glass panels. Whilst this is a popular and viable material – it’s not your only option. There are also hard plastics such as polycarbonate that can be used instead. Polycarbonate is a very attractive material as it’s actually more beneficial to your plants than glass is.
For starters, it lets in diffused light (which is actually better for plants as direct sunlight can sometimes be too intense) and secondly, because polycarbonate for greenhouses is usually double-walled, it’s better than a single pane of glass. If you do choose glass, ensure that it’s double-glazed (which can be costly).
The frame is the other important aspect to consider when looking at materials. Aluminium, plastic and wood are all great and popular materials. The first two are great but are terrible insulators and plastic can warp over time. Wood, on the other hand, is a great insulator but when exposed to extreme weather can deteriorate.
Your final option is UV treated PVC – which is a good insulator but because of its lightweight profile may not stand up to strong winds. We recommend aluminium or treated wood for the framing as your best options.
4. Creating an environment
As we mentioned earlier, if you want to create a drastically different ecosystem to the one outside, you’ll need extra hardware like heating and cooling systems as well as an appropriately sealed greenhouse.
Even if this is not the case, you should still strive to monitor the two differing environments by taking the temperature regularly both inside and outside the greenhouse and comparing the results. Ideally, you’d want the temperatures to be different.
5. Building site
Deciding if you’re going to build your greenhouse into the ground or not (for more mobility) is a crucial step. This is where a concrete contractor can offer their expertise as you might want a concrete base for it.
This can be especially useful for a greenhouse with shelves. If you are going to build it in a single location, then make sure you design it so it can be navigated easily for when you need to tend to the plants.
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Our concrete specialists know that there are few backyard features that look simultaneously fantastic as well as offer practicality as a greenhouse. That’s why we hope you can gain some inspiration and guidance from today’s blog.
Here at Prestige Concrete Services, we deliver high-quality concreting solutions. With an extensive portfolio ranging from residential to commercial and local government works – our concrete contractors are well equipped to handle any project, regardless of its scope.
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