Whether you’re keen on growing rare or exotic plants, you want to grow your own produce, or you want to keep the frost off your more vulnerable plants in the winter, a greenhouse is a must-have for any serious gardener. Greenhouses allow year-round growing potential in a temperature-controlled environment that isn’t exposed to the elements.
If you’re planning on buying a new greenhouse, you should know that the three main varieties of greenhouse are timber, plastic or metal. Here are some of the benefits of choosing timber:
Timber is more thermally efficient: It is generally agreed that a wooden greenhouse is the most efficient choice because timber is a natural thermal insulator. This makes timber much better at maintaining a constant temperature than metal or plastic.
Timber is more attractive: A timber greenhouse can show the natural grain of the wood, which can be very eye-catching especially when painted. As timber is a natural material, a wooden greenhouse should also blend in with your garden seamlessly whilst standing out as a main attraction.
Timber is more practical: If you have benches in your greenhouse, you will have ample room to store and keep your plants, not to mention bags of compost and watering cans. But what about your smaller tools like your hand trowel, rake, fork and clippers? A wooden frame will allow you to secure hooks for easy access to these necessary tools.
Timber is the traditional choice: Plastic and metal greenhouses have only been popping up relatively recently. If you prefer a traditional look that goes back to the roots of the greenhouse, then timber is the way to go.
Timber, plastic and metal greenhouses all have their benefits, but your choice all depends on how you want to use your greenhouse and what you want it to look like. Plastic and metal greenhouses are relatively low maintenance and are generally the cheaper option. Having said that, timber seems to be the best choice for real green-fingered enthusiasts who are passionate about ensuring the best environment for their plants and produce.
If we’ve swayed you to the side of the timber greenhouse, our Victoria Greenhouse is a very attractive, painted greenhouse with a traditional style and practical features - including two temperature controlled, automatic vents in the roof and 4mm toughened safety glass throughout.
For more information, you can contact us and speak to our helpful team about your requirements. Alternatively, you can come and see our luxury garden buildings for yourself at any one of our seven UK Show Centres.