Eden Glasshouse FAQS
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1. What is a greenhouse?
An outdoor glass-constructed building which allows in light but excludes inclement weather. It can be used for growing a wide variety of plants, flowers, vegetables and fruits irespective of external climatic conditions. With a greenhouse you can cultivate flowers and produce out of season or exotica such as orchids which normally flourish only in tropical conditions.
2. Why Glass?
Glass is timeless, rigid, optically superior, won't scratch and is aesthetically pleasing, unlike plastics which show age degradation and have limited life spans depending on quality and thickness. In addition glass has unique properties of high light transmission especially important for plant growth during the critical period of early spring and allows in solar heat energy trapping warmth re-emitted from soil, structure and plants. It's polished smooth surface retains less deposits and is more resistant to environmental staining. Glass withstands high winds and extreme weather conditions unlike plastics which are more likely to blow out and degrade. All Edenlite greenhouses feature standard pane sizes for easy replacement if necessary.
3. What material is based for the frame?
Greenhouse frames have been made of various materials including most commonly wood and galvanised steel. The disadvantages of these are that wood eventually rots and galvanized steel rust easily. Edenlite pioneered the use of aluminium for frames - it is light, rigid and will last a lifetime without maintenance.
4. How do you erect a greenhouse?
Many old-fashioned greenhouses required a considerable amount of time and professional help to erect. Edenlite greenhouse are easily erected by the average handyman without special tools They are supplied flat-packed in reinforced boxes complete with all assembly instructions. The introduction of Edenlites aluminium bolt-together base has now eliminated the need for messy bricks and mortar.
5. How long does it take?
Normally no longer than a weekend, especially if you are using the bolt-together base.
6. Where is the best place to site my greenhouse?
Near your house with easy access to water and electricity supplies. Avoid shade and exposed, draughty position. Your greenhouse should be sited lengthwise North to South to catch the maximurn amount of light, on a surface with good drainage propensities.
7. Do I have to have planning permission?
Not usually. Your dealer with be pleased to advise you if you have any queries.
8. Should I heat my greenhouse?
Although an unheated greenhouse can provide much interest and pleasure, the addition of some form of heating greatly increases the range of plants that can be cultivated. What you grow depends largely on the level of heat maintained, although by adding an Eden extension you can divide up your greenhouse into a hot and cold section it you wish.
9. What is the best method of heating?
The most commonly used forms of heating are the paraffin oil burner, the solid fuel boiler, or electricity Oil heaters are the cheapest to purchase and run, but require regular attention. The modern boiler is a sophisticated piece of equipment and cheap to run, but can create a fuel storage problem. Although the most expensive system to maintain, electric heating can be thermostatically controlled so that the temperature in your greenhouse is automatically at the optimum.
Back to Top >10. Apart from dividing the greenhouse up, how can I heat small areas?
Electrically heated propagating cases are readily available, as are soil warming cables.
11. What about ventilation?
Most Edenlite models are fitted with one or more roof ventilators, and some also have side louvres. An ingenious optional accessory is the Eden Automatic Roof Ventilator Unit, which adjusts the aperture of the Roof Ventilator completely automatically. It is powered by changes in the temperature and is maintenance free, so cost absolutely nothing to run.
12. How can I avoid condensation?
All Edenlite models are fitted with effective condensation channels.
13. What will happen if my greenhouse is subject to very bad weather, such as a blizzard
or a full-force gale?
Should you have a cheap, inferior quality greenhouse. The frame will most likely buckle, and youll probably lose a few panes. Eden greenhouses however are built solid and to last. Each model has been submitted to the UK Ministry of Agriculture commercial glasshouse standard tests. The product range exceeded the required standards by 100%.
14. Will a greenhouse enhance my garden?
The entire range of Eden greenhouses has been accepted for inclusion in the UK Design Centre
award scheme. Their slim unobtrusive frames and lack of side walls make them a welcome addition to any environment.
15. What if my needs eventually outgrow the size of my greenhouse?
You do not have to buy a new one. Edenlite can supply extension units for most of their greenhouses in a wide range of lengths. You can simply add a unit every time you feel the need to expand.
16. What Is Modular Staging?
A system which allows you to create an easily variable arrangement of surfaces to stand your
plants upon. Based on durable aluminium frames. Modular Stages comes supplied with a galvanised steel mesh top..17. What other features are desirable In a greenhouse?
A sliding door is convenient and space-saving, and all Edenlite greenhouses feature sliding doors with silent nylon wheels in a completely weatherproof track. Water draining from the roof is also important, and all Edenlite greenhouses have aluminium guttering.
18. Will a greenhouse add to the value of my property?
Certainly, especially with the increasing popularity of homegrown produce. Eden greenhouses are built to last, so even if you come to sell your home in many years time, you will have a valuable asset in pristine condition on your premises.
19. What if I move house and want to take my greenhouse with me?
Eden Greenhouses may be dismantled as easily as they are erected, and may be packed flat again for easy transport.