Growing plants is a really enjoyable way to spend one’s time. Taking care of plants and watching them grow can really be fulfilling. However, gardeners who live in certain areas may find themselves limited as to the plants that they can grow or when they are able to grow. Certain climates can affect the growth of plants and prevent some from even growing in the first place. This can be a setback for gardeners who wish to grow a variety of plants and want to be able to garden without limitations on time. This is why greenhouses exist.
Gardeners who have greenhouses are able to enjoy gardening all year round without being limited by the weather and climate of the area because of how greenhouses function. A proper greenhouse design features the things that is needed to be able to create the right setting inside so that plants may get the right amount of heat, sunlight, and water despite any changes in weather or the outside climate.
How well a greenhouse is designed determines how well the greenhouse functions along with its productivity and how it can maximize the use of energy. This means that a greenhouse design that isn’t planned out well may be of no use or even detrimental to the plants that are housed inside.
When it comes to the design of a greenhouse, there are a variety of materials that can be utilized to build it. With respect to these varying materials, the entire design of a greenhouse can be broken down into three main parts, the main structure, the flooring, and the covering of the greenhouse. Each part can utilize different materials in order to create the optimal greenhouse. Let’s take a closer look into it:
- Structure – The structure of a greenhouse should be sturdy, acting like the backbone of the entire setup. The structure of a greenhouse can utilize aluminum, steel, wood, and even plastic in its composition. With varying materials in the structure, there are also different materials for the panel that works best with it. A greenhouse with a steel structure for example works best with panels that are made from PVC or polyethylene.
- Flooring – Common materials that are used for the flooring in greenhouse design include concrete and porous concrete, dirt, and gravel. The flooring of the greenhouse affects how well it is able to store heat and also transmit light throughout the greenhouse. Dirt and gravel are not that good of an option as they are poor when it comes to heat retention while porous concrete is a very solid choice as it retains heat and also allows for water to drain through easily.
- Covering – One of the most important parts in the design of the greenhouse, the covering is what filters the light that comes in thus affecting how much your plants are receiving. Materials include polyvinyl chloride, polyethylene, polycarbonate, fiberglass, and of course, glass. Different materials have differences in how much light is allowed through and also how the light is being diffused throughout the inside of the greenhouse.