Greenhouse Designs and Components

Greenhouse Types and Their Differences

Greenhouse designs come in all types, figures, dimensions, construct methods, and technologies. Never the less, there are a few unifying factors that link them together.

1. Lean-to type greenhouse designs

best lean to greenhouse

Lean-to greenhouse designs (greenhouse attached to house),  connect the framework to or against another structure such as the side of your house. As you see in the image above, it is designed with a one sided slope for the roof, and a shared wall with a stable structure.

Advantages of this setup are optimum wind resistance, standing strength, captures heat ( wall of the building serves as a heat sink), stable environment temperature, close access from the house.


2. Quonset Greenhouse Designs

hoop house

Sometimes called a hoop house, this design offers optimal sun exposure with its dome shaped structure. These are essentially tunnels that are simple to construct, and lower in cost by comparison to other greenhouse types. The Quonset structure comes in handy if you need to build yours on a hillside.

They are usually built with frames of flexible PVC that allow for its half circle dome-like structure. The domed framework provides extreme amounts of sun exposure that is ideal for your crops whether they be seedlings of mature plants.

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