Types of Greenhouses

Detailed Greenhouse Comparison

We’ve compared various types of greenhouses and found out that low cost greenhouses such as hoop houses and pit greenhouses are readily available, and they are quite popular. You’re initial investment upfront is less; they also only extend your growing season by a small amount, cost a lot to heat and cool, and the covering needs to be replaced frequently. The other thing to consider when you look at your climate is that they are not as strong and are liable to be damaged by heavy snow, hail and high wind.  Higher quality greenhouses obviously cost more, but they are stronger and last much longer.  Many of them can significantly extend your growing season.  Refer to our chart below to see a comparison of the main different greenhouse types

 Types of GreenhouseHoop
Pit GreenhouseAttached GreenhouseTraditional StyleGrowing Dome®

Some of the things you may want to compare when buying a greenhouse

 the arch of the greenhouse tomato seedlings in early spring Pit Greenhouse Attached Greenhouse 1 Small greenhouse in backyard Growing Spaces Growing Dome
Growing Seasons23434
Heating CostsHighLowLowModerate-HighLow
Longevity3-5 Years>310-15 years5-10 years15-20 Years
FoundationNoneYes – UndergroundYesPossiblyPossibly
Strength of FrameworkLow-ModerateDetermined by OwnerGoodModerate-GoodExcellent
Snow Load StrengthLowLowHighModerateHigh
Wind ResistanceLowModerateModerateLow/ModerateHigh
GlazingSingle/double layerSingle layer, thin filmMultiple optionsMultiple optionsPolycarbonate Panels
Meets Local Building CodesNo/PossiblyNo/PossiblyYesPossiblyYes
Available LightGoodPoorGoodGoodExcellent

Get the most from your investment with a high-quality geodesic greenhouse kit from Growing Spaces. The Growing Dome offers reliability, energy-efficiency, ease of assembly and low maintenance at a reasonable cost as compared to other types of greenhouses.

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