Building a wooden greenhouse has become a popular way to grow food. Whether it's for starting seeds, for propagating plants, or for simply enjoying the outdoors in the comfort of your own garden, a greenhouse offers many benefits. As they come in many shapes and sizes, to choose a greenhouse can be challenging. When you are looking to purchase a wooden greenhouse, you need to be sure that you are getting the best one for your needs. Consider these five things to keep in mind when making your decision:
The type of wood you choose can greatly affect the cost and the difficulty of construction. Wood frame greenhouses are typically more expensive to build than their free-standing counterparts. Wood frames need to be made of a sturdy material and need to support lots of weight. You should check on the availability of lumber in your area and pick the right one based on the amount of weight the frame is able to withstand.
Many homeowners want a structure with a natural look. The good news is that you can still achieve this look with a wooden greenhouse, even if you choose an aluminum greenhouse frame. Wood is a great material because it is extremely durable, while still being lightweight. The wood will also add a natural look to your backyard.
There are many different types of wood used in making wooden greenhouses. One of the best qualities of wood is its durability. In fact, most people would agree that wood is one of the best materials for constructing a structure that will endure time. Your backyard greenhouse will likely be outside year-round so be sure that the wood has been properly treated to resist weather. Choose treated wood that does not have insect-like wood decay such as needle mold.
Keep in mind that the roof of a wooden greenhouse must be waterproof and resistant to high winds. Most manufacturers of wooden greenhouses will recommend that you buy the extra weight for the wooden greenhouses from reputable dealers so that you do not have to pay for nails and screws to fasten the roof down. Even though many of the manufacturers recommend that you use lumber that has already been treated, it is possible to find lumber that has not been treated with any protection from the elements. When you use untreated lumber, you run the risk of the roof caving in during severe storms or the wind blowing off the top of the structure.
For those who live in areas that occasionally receive heavy rains, you may want to purchase a galvanized finish to protect the wood. Galvanized finishes are shiny and can be painted over to match your existing color scheme if you prefer. A wooden greenhouse offers you the flexibility to add whatever style or color schemes that work best for you and your home, so long as they do not compromise the sturdiness of the structure.
While there are many styles and designs of wooden greenhouses on the market, there are some considerations to keep in mind when you are trying to narrow down the designs that are most suitable for you and your lifestyle. The two primary considerations are the amount of sunlight the greenhouse gets and the difficulty of installation for a beginner or the intermediate builder. If you live in an area where light is abundant and you install the greenhouse on a day to day basis only when the sun is extremely high, then you will not experience the difficulties experienced by people who must continually relocate their greenhouses during the varying stages of the seasons.
For someone just entering into the DIY/DIY realm, the greatest difficulty is likely to be the difficulty of finding enough materials to complete the project. Greenhouse kits are available that will cut down on the amount of time needed to build a greenhouse and are perfect for those just getting started on their first project. These woodworking kits are easy to put together and come with all the materials necessary to construct a wooden greenhouse including instructions. Beginners should purchase a greenhouse kit that is the right size for them as well as one that contains everything they will need to complete the project. You can save money by doing so and then only having to buy additional materials if you plan on expanding your plants in the future.