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Traditional Shaped Greenhouse
One key advantage of the traditional shaped greenhouse is that there are
far more sizes available than other types, they are generally cheaper to
buy and they are available from a large number of suppliers. So, if this
greenhouse shape matches your needs, buy it rather than the more
expensive octagonal or lean-to greenhouses.
Even with the traditional garden greenhouse shape, there are subtle
variations and they generally arise in order to maximise light
transmission in the winter and spring months. At these times of year, you
may well be growing plants in your greenhouse, and maximum light
transmission is important because the sun is so low in the sky and days
are generally more cloudy. Light transmission is not so important in
the summer months because there is more than enough light to go round.
When thinking about light transmission, the obvious needs to be
mentioned! There is only one sun and it shines on your greenhouse from
roughly the same direction each winter and spring day. The point in
maximising light transmission is to provide light to all parts of the
greenhouse and not just the side facing the sun.
There are four main variations on the traditional shaped greenhouse,
each is a compromise as shown below.