Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need a manufacturers base?
In most cases the answer is yes.
Traditionally greenhouses were designed to fit onto a brick surround but this can be expensive so the manufacturer offers a base which does this job for you.
The manufacturers base is best described as a 5" metal upstand which has been made to the exact dimensions needed for the greenhouse to sit on (the greenhouse has a lip all around), this has been fabricated to withstand the greenhouses weight and is manufactured to last as long as the greenhouse.
This also has the added benefit of bringing the greenhouse to an acceptable height.
Essential purchase if not building your own surround. (contact us for exact dimensions)
Can I site my greenhouse on soil?
As long as your site is firm and level yes, manufacturers base essential. If you feel the need for extra support/anchoring such as in an exposed area we recommend concreting in at various points.
How easy are the greenhouses to install?
The greenhouse comes with all fixings necessary and a comprehensive instruction guide with drawings.
Care and attention is a must when handling glass , and as long as you don't try to rush and skip anything installation can be a rewarding project.
Our tip is to allow enough time, most people with a helper will build a 6x8 in a weekend, never part glaze and leave a greenhouse if you are not sure you have enough time, leave it until the next day.
If this seems a daunting task our Managed Installation service is second to none!
Horticultural or Toughened Glass?
Horticultural is the standard glass supplied with greenhouses, usually the panes are 2ft x 2ft with different shapes cut from these. The major disadvantage with Horticultural is that if broken the panes can leave large dangerous shards.
Toughened safety glass is becoming more and more popular... and more affordable.
Toughened Glass is much stronger than Horticultural, a rough guide is that it will take a hit by a football.
Toughened glass does not break into large shards or crack, it will either take the hit or the whole pane will disintegrate into hundreds of small pieces and greatly minimize injury.
All the manufacturers we sell use Long Pane Toughened Glass which is superior to small panes as there are no overlaps.
Will my greenhouse leak?
It is normal for a greenhouse to have some water ingress, as far as we are aware there is not a mainstream greenhouse on the market that is 100% leakproof.
How can I pay?
Payment can be made via card, cheque, bank transfer or PayPal.