- Wood: an authentic and traditional look
- Aluminum: a light and strong structure
- The glass: fragile but bright
- PVC: insulating and economical
- Steel: perfect for large greenhouses
The garden greenhouse comes in many materials, from the most basic to the most high-tech. You must know that each subject has its strengths and weaknesses. So, how to choose the right material for the construction of a garden greenhouse?
Wood: an authentic and traditional look
Even if it is less and less chosen for the construction of a greenhouse, the wood brings the stamp to a garden. The greenhouse is literally blending into the landscape and easily matches any type of building. This material also has the advantage of being an excellent insulator. To take advantage of all the advantages of wood, you have to choose a rotproof essence. Note that a wooden greenhouse must be regularly maintained using suitable products. And it must be verified that the device is tight and allows sufficient light to pass.
Aluminum: a light and strong structure
The aluminum structure is very popular, especially for its lightness that makes it easy to install. Contrary to popular belief, it is a robust material that resists wind attack and thanks to its finesse, it lets the light pass. This material does not require any specific maintenance and has the particularity of not rusting. Although aluminum is rather expensive, it has a good longevity. The only weak point is in its aspect that we can find a little cold. Being a good thermal conductor, a loss of heat could be deplorable.
The glass: fragile but bright
Horticultural glass offers excellent transparency and beautiful brightness, and this material retains heat very well: the greenhouse effect is guaranteed. The maintenance is easy and the glass is dirty and scratches with difficulty. The replacement is also easy in case of unforeseen. The weak point is at the level of fragility: the glass breaks easily. In addition, the structure must be strong to support the weight. To emphasize that it is possible to opt for tempered glass which is more resistant but also more expensive.
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PVC: insulating and economical
This material is appreciated for its economic side. PVC is also a good insulator and its maintenance is easy. Nevertheless, it is only suitable for small greenhouses. It has the disadvantage of tarnishing easily and its longevity is limited.
Steel: perfect for large greenhouses
Steel is not often used for the manufacture of a greenhouse however this material has certain advantages. It shines with its flexibility and resistance and is particularly suitable for large greenhouses. It is a material that is better for professionals. It is a cheap material but is likely to oxidize. It must be galvanized and protected with an anti-rust product. Side disadvantage, we find the weight that makes the handling of steel delicate.
In summary, to answer the question "what material to choose for the construction of a garden greenhouse? »It is advisable to list the points and aspects to be favored: dimension of the structure, quality of the material, resistance in time, ease of maintenance and of course the price.
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