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 StyleFabric DomesGrowing 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
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Growing Spaces Growing Dome
Growing Seasons234334
Heating CostsHighLowLowModerateHighLow
Longevity3-5 Years10-15 years10-15 years5-10 years3-5 Years> 30 Years*
FoundationNoneYes – UndergroundYesPossiblyNoneThree options
Strength of FrameworkLow-ModerateGoodGoodModerate-GoodModerate-GoodExcellent
Snow Load StrengthLowLowGoodModerateModerateHigh
Wind ResistanceLowModerateModerateLow/ModerateModerateHigh
GlazingPlastic, single or double layerSingle layer, thin filmMultiple optionsMultiple optionsNylon or VinylPolycarbonate Panels, 8mm or 16mm
Meets Local Building CodesPossiblyPossiblyYesPossiblyPossiblyYes
Available LightGoodPoorGoodGoodGoodExcellent

High-quality greenhouses like the Growing Dome Geodesic Greenhouse Kit offers an exceptional return on your investment and will provide you with fresh produce in all 4 seasons for years to come! Break-up with the produce aisle permanently. The Growing Dome offers reliability, energy-efficiency, ease of assembly and low maintenance at a reasonable greenhouse cost as compared to other types of greenhouses.

*With proper care and maintenance your Growing Dome will last over 30 years. The aircraft sealant will need to be replaced every 10 years, and the polycarbonate may need to be replaced after 15-20 years. The struts are treated with a non-toxic protectant called Lifetime that does not need to be reapplied. But in more humid environments, you can protect the life of your struts with a sealant or stain.

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