Greenhouse Designs and Components

3. Even span type

 

This kind of greenhouse is an A-frame with the roof’s pitch and length being equal, hence  they are “even”. These are relatively easy to construct because of the simplicity of the design and are typically attached on one end to a building. Featuring its own gable for better strength the even span type, unlike a lean-to greenhouse, will still have a symmetrical roof.

4. Uneven span type – This type of greenhouse is usually designed for sloped terrain hillsides. The roofs walls of glass or other transparent materials, are of different angles in order to match the sloped hill that the greenhouse sits on. This type of design involves a lot of research and maintenance and is rarely built any more. The take away here is simply, build your greenhouse on level ground (lol).

 

5. Freestanding Greenhouse Designs

freestanding greenhouse

Similar to the Even span type, a freestanding greenhouse is not attached to a structure. You can build one to suit the components you want and how much area will be needed. If you have a few aerogarden kits and a couple benches, a small 6X6 foot structure will work just fine. If your integrating aquaponics (or Hydroponics) systems into your greenhouse, then you’re going to need a much bigger freestanding structure. Either way , the freestanding type has all the flexibility to provide the environment with temperature and sun exposure stability needed for your plants.

6. Ridge and furrow type

greenhouse guttering

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This is referred to as a number of even span greenhouses joined connected together at a common gutter. This provides all the space needed for any amount of systems you have for the growth of crops.

The gables high above, allow for enough roof slope to provide sun exposure and heat capture. In this type of design, all common walls are eliminated to open up the floor space for components needed for your project.

7. Gothic Arch greenhouses

This design gives you a pointed rooftop from bending the walls over the frame. Structural trusses are not needed which limits the amount of construction materials needed. There is ample space for plant growth due to the high contour of its arch.

The shape of the half-teardrop roof shape makes it easy for runoff from rain and snow. The plastic cover sheeting conserves heat while decreasing costs of building. It’s structure design is sturdy enough to tolerate strong winds, and can be placed on level ground or even a foundation wall. The elegant curve of the walls give an appealing image for growers and their friends.

8. Saw Tooth Greenhouse

These structures are usually rather large with 25 to 30 foot widths, and 8 to 12 feet heights. The unusual design supports its ability to easily install exhaust fans for maximum ventilation. Their appearance give them the saw tooth name, as one side of the roof is higher than the other allowing for optimum ventilation. Growers find this design to be perfect for humid environments so that plants sensitive to humidity can be grown with out moister problems.

9. A-frame Greenhouse Designs

a frame greenhouse

Considered the tougher and more appealing style of greenhouses, these structures are used for residential and commercial growers. It’s triangular figure is constructed with firm trusses to support all types of wall panels and covers. An A-frame has spacious areas above for tall plants and hanging baskets, and below with room for aquaponics system components and your choice of benches, tables and storage.

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