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Eden Greenhouses - Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: What size Eden greenhouse do I need?
- Q: Where should I locate my Eden greenhouse?
- Q: What type of base is suitable for my Eden greenhouse?
- Q: How can I get rid of my old greenhouse?
- Q: What access is required to deliver my Eden greenhouse?
- Q: Is my Eden greenhouse suitable for DIY assembly?
- Q: Can I insulate my Eden greenhouse?
- Q: Can I have electricity in my Eden greenhouse?
- Q: Is planning permission required for my Eden greenhouse?
- Q: Is building regulations approval required for my Eden greenhouse?
- Q: Why should I choose an Eden aluminium greenhouse?
- Q: Will my Eden greenhouse last?
- Q: What is powder coated aluminium?
- Q: What are the benefits of powder coated aluminium?
- Q: How do I clean a powder coated Eden greenhouse?
- Q: How do I clean my Eden greenhouse glass?
- Q: How do I maintain my Eden sliding doors?
- Q: What type of greenhouses do Eden make?
- The space will always be used, so buy the biggest Eden greenhouse you can afford provided that it fits comfortably in the space available. There are no precise guidelines regarding the size. Often the size of the greenhouse is dictated by the space available. Eden greenhouses are available in many sizes to suit every space. If you are replacing an existing greenhouse, you should consider whether to have the same size again or perhaps larger. You should also consider what you will be growing. The most popular size for a small greenhouse is 8'x6'. Sizes for the more dedicated gardeners range from 8'x10' to 10' x 12' and larger.
- Ideally your Eden greenhouse should have a clear space at least 18" wide on all sides, if possible. This ensures easy access for both installation and future maintenance. In reality this is often not practical and at many sites it is not needed. A reduced clearance is often possible on one or two sides. You should cut back or remove any nearby shrubs and trees. Remember to allow for future growth. A greenhouse needs maximum sunlight so it should be sited in a sunny spot outside the shadow of nearby buildings and trees. We recommend a sheltered position which is not exposed. Ideally the ridge of a freestanding greenhouse should run from east to west. A lean to greenhouse should be sited against a south facing wall. Plants need plenty of water so your greenhouse should be close to a water supply and the site should be well drained.
- All Eden greenhouses need a substantial base. The base should be solid, square, flat and level to ensure the stability of your greenhouse. Installation and baselaying are easier if you order your greenhouse complete with the Eden base plinth. The base plinth can be laid on any hard flat surface including well compacted soil although paving slabs or concrete are best. If you order your greenhouse without the Eden base plinth a brick or concrete plinth is required which must be built to precisely the right size.
- The easiest way to remove your existing greenhouse is to sell it. There's a very healthy trade in old second hand greenhouses. You probably won't earn much money from the sale, but you'll get rid of it for nothing! The usual arrangement is to sell the old greenhouse for the buyer to dismantle at a time which is convenient for you. Ideally you should insist on full payment and immediate removal. If you settle for a deposit, perhaps with removal at a later date, make sure it's a significant deposit. You need to be confident that the buyer will return when agreed! You can normally place a classified advertisement in the local newspaper for a few pounds by phone or online, with payment by credit card. Typical draft advertisement: "Aluminium greenhouse 8' x 12' double doors, good condition, buyer to dismantle, £50 for quick sale. Phone 01234 567890"
- Your Eden greenhouse will be delivered by prior appointment with you. Eden greenhouses are normally delivered in long boxes with the lengths of aluminium and smaller packs of the glazing. Access through the house may be possible if there is a straight route. Please advise us if there are any access restrictions at the site.
- Eden greenhouses are suitable for DIY assembly. Assembly is a straightforward and satisfying project for any DIY enthusiast. Even large Eden greenhouses can be installed with only basic tools, such as a hammer, a screwdriver, a power drill, a spirit level, an adjustable spanner, a knife, a stepladder and safety goggles. Particular care is required when handling glass and good quality gloves should be worn at all times. You should not attempt to lift heavy sections without a helping pair of hands. Remember that extra time spent preparing a good base is normally repaid with time saved later on during the installation. Our low cost installation service is available in many areas if you want to have your Eden greenhouse professionally installed.
- Inexpensive bubble insulation can be easily fitted to the frame of an Eden greenhouse. Heaters are also available. Some Eden greenhouses are available with internal partitions to provide for warm areas. Many Eden greenhouses are available with shading kits to protect plants from scorching.
- Although providing an electricity supply to an Eden greenhouse is normally a straightforward task, for safety reasons we recommend that you consult an approved electrician first. Since January 1st 2005 all electrical work must be completed in accordance with IEE wiring regulations and BS 7671. Notifiable work must be either notified directly to the local building control department or completed by an operator who is approved under the Part P Electrical Competent Person Scheme.
- The majority of Eden greenhouses do not require planning permission. However, permission is required for any greenhouse which covers over half the garden, which is not for domestic use or which is over 3 metres high with a pent roof or 4 metres high with an apex roof. Larger greenhouses which are within 2 metres of a boundary and over 2.5m high (8'2") require planning permission. The Eden Acorn, the Eden Highline and other small or medium sized Eden greenhouses are normally less than 2.5m high. Some larger greenhouses such as the Eden Sherborne and the Eden Monarch may be above 2.5m high at a sloping site. Planning permission may also be required for any greenhouse which is nearer to a public highway than the original dwelling. For planning purposes a public highway includes any road or footpath with a public right of way. If you live in a Conservation Area or a Listed Building permission may be required for any greenhouse over 10 cubic metres. This brief summary is not intended to be a comprehensive guide. Contact us for further advice or contact your local planning department. Please note that planning regulations apply to any building whether temporary or permanent including greenhouses.
- The majority of Eden greenhouses do not require approval under the building regulations. However, approval is required for any greenhouse with an internal floor area of more than 30 square metres. Most Eden greenhouses are less than this size. However, the largest Eden greenhouses may exceed 30 square metres internal floor area if you buy the larger sizes. Please note that the building regulations apply to any building in excess of 30 square metres whether temporary or permanent including greenhouses.
- Aluminium is an excellent material for Eden greenhouse frames for many reasons. It is strong and at the same time very light with a higher strength to weight ratio than any other commonly used greenhouse framing material. In addition, aluminium needs no protective coating and it can be used in its natural state. Aluminium won't warp, rot or rust and it is non toxic.
- All Eden greenhouse frames are guaranteed for 12 years. One of aluminium's greatest attributes is its natural ability to withstand corrosion. An excellent example of its durability is the roof of the San Gioacchino church in Rome, which is roofed in aluminium and it is still in great condition after 100 years. Even after a hundred years of exposure the worst that happens is the surface takes on a rough grey texture as it very gradually oxidises. An unpainted aluminium greenhouse will gradually oxidise producing fine grey powder forms on the surface of the greenhouse. This is the aluminium's natural self protection and it does not harm the greenhouse. Oxidisation occurs quicker in areas of high pollution or in coastal areas.
- Powder coating is the application of paint in a dry form by the electrostatic spraying of charged particles of powder. Polyester powders have excellent weathering properties and retain their gloss and colour superbly. A good example of the finish achieved with powder coating is the finish on your washing machine, which is very similar to our powder coated greenhouses. The first powder coating systems for aluminium were developed in the 1950s. The aluminium was heated up and then submerged in tubs of powder. In the early 1960s this primitive system was improved with the introduction of curing ovens. The early powders were made from an epoxy based substance but this was replaced in the 1970s by the more durable polyester powders in use today. The powders are a blend of colour pigments and protective resin with hardeners and additives to improve spraying and surface hardness. The aluminium extrusions go through an extensive cleaning, etching and treatment process. This process removes impurities and swarf and smut left over after cutting. A final treatment allows the aluminium to take the powder. The extrusions are then dried. The aluminium is earthed inside the spray booth and electrically charged particles of powder are then sprayed onto the surfaces. As the aluminium is earthed and the powder positively charged the two are electrostatically attracted. The aluminium extrusions are then cured in an oven at 200 degrees Centigrade for ten minutes.
- A powder coated Eden greenhouse has a decorative finish but it is also protected against the elements. A powder coated surface is tougher than a wet paint finish and prevents unsightly surface oxidisation. The polyester powders have high colour and gloss retention. The popular Eden green finish blends in with natural garden surroundings
- In order to maintain the high quality finish a powder coated Eden greenhouse can be cleaned regularly. The frequency of cleaning depends on the environment. If your greenhouse is in normal urban use a maximum interval of 18 months is recommended. In coastal areas or areas of pollution a greenhouse should be cleaned more frequently. The outside of the greenhouse can be cleaned using a mild detergent in warm water. All surfaces should be cleaned using a soft cloth, a sponge or a natural bristle brush. Cleaning the inside of the greenhouse can only be done outside the main growing season, probably in late September or October. For the plants sake use a mild disinfectant cleaning fluid as this will kill off any pests which could harm the plants.
- The outside of your Eden greenhouse glass can be cleaned using a mild detergent in warm water. All surfaces should be cleaned using a soft cloth, a sponge or a natural bristle brush. If your greenhouse is glazed with polycarbonate you should not use any abrasive cleaning fluids or fabrics - use a soft cloth or sponge. Cleaning the inside of the greenhouse can only be done outside the main growing season, probably in late September or October. For the plants sake use a mild disinfectant cleaning fluid as this will kill off any pests which could harm the plants.
- Eden sliding greenhouse doors normally have a nylon glide which runs in a channel which often gets blocked with grit and dirt. This will cause the doors to stick and wears out the nylon. The glides should be cleaned regularly to stop this happening.
- Eden Greenhouses offer a comprehensive range. Smaller greenhouses include the Eden Acorn and the Acorn Countess. Larger greenhouses include the Eden Highline and the Eden Sherborne. The largest is the 10' wide Monarch. Eden also offer the Pleiades octagonal greenhouse and lean to greenhouses including the Eden Clearline lean to and the Eden Reach in Lean to.
What size Eden greenhouse do I need?
Where should I locate my Eden greenhouse?
What type of base is suitable for my Eden greenhouse?
How can I get rid of my old greenhouse?
What access is required to deliver my Eden greenhouse?
Is my Eden greenhouse suitable for DIY assembly?
Can I insulate my Eden greenhouse?
Can I have electricity in my Eden greenhouse?
Is planning permission required for my Eden greenhouse?
Is building regulations approval required for my Eden greenhouse?
Why should I choose an Eden aluminium greenhouse?
Will my Eden aluminium greenhouse last?
What is powder coated aluminium?
What are the benefits of powder coated aluminium?
How do I clean a powder coated Eden greenhouse?
How do I clean my Eden greenhouse glass?
How do I maintain my Eden sliding doors?
What type of greenhouses do Eden make?
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