Greenhouse

Hi all, I'm new to the forum. I'm getting a greenhouse from the wife as my Christmas present.  Does anyone have any thoughts on this one or recommendations for a similar priced one? http://www.waltons.co.uk/product-reviews/8-x-6-gardman-polycarbonate-greenhouse

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  • gab82gab82 Posts: 73
    Welcome jimbo. I got my first greenhouse last year, same size as the one you are looking at, just normal glass though! I looked into it a bit and found polycarbonate sounded fragile, pains of plastic flying off.......greenhouses blowing away. If you really search you can get horti glass for the same price. Safety glass is more expensive, I wish I'd got a bigger one now though. ......Great present....lucky man!
  • AtillaAtilla Posts: 1,493

    I have had no problems with polycarbonate greenhouses. It is stronger than fragile horti-glass - as you will see from the storms. There is a vast difference between one of those cheap blow away plastic things that cost about £15 and woodenframed polycarbonate greenhouses. It is also the most widely used in Europe.

    8X6 is fairly a normal size tbh.

    I would look out for sale prices over the next few weeks.

  • gab82gab82 Posts: 73
    I dunno not had any problems with my horti glass in the storms blairs! When I brought mine I read reviews on the polycarb greenhouses and alot of people complained about windows popping out in the wind. Didn't realisr it was wooden framed. Think most people would like a bigger greenhouse when they look back on it. Defo look out for the sales though.
  • I have had 80mph winds out back the last few days, my glass greenhouse is fine (my shed roof however has disappeared) . I would be worried about poly carb more than glass. after about 3 months poly carb glazing cloud up which in turn lets less light in and you get green stuff growing inside the carb making it impossible to clean. Looking at the price of that one you are only about £150 of a glass one. Can you not put the extra towards it?

  • I agree glass has been used for years and years put the extra to it and buy glass,

    Clueless

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892

    Get the biggest one you can afford / fit in to the garden. I've only had mine a month and I'm already wondering where I can expand!!

  • Thanks all. I found a glass one at Argos http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/7138346.htm. Not sure on an Argos product though. Not had a greenhouse before (we just bought our first house) but in my mind it's glass and aluminium so could there really be an issue? It's a little smaller but there are only two of us at the moment.

    Keen to not really spend more than about £300 as it is our first one. We're in a fairly sheltered area but my parents always had a glass one so they are pushing us to get a glass greenhouse.

    Would you get the Argos one?

  • Jimbo, that's really tiny. Depends what you want to use it for, of course, but in your position I would get a cheap plastic polytunnel type and put the rest of the money towards saving up for a proper larger greenhouse, either glass and wood or glass and aluminium (personal choice). 

  • gab82gab82 Posts: 73
    The halls popular 8x6 is a couple of quid more http://www.hallsgreenhouses.co.uk/ putting it up is an experience though! Def a two person job that.
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