Dec
2020

Victorian or Modern Greenhouse – Which One is Right for Your Garden?

Griffin Glasshouses strives to design greenhouses in keeping with the surroundings. Whether it be a listed building or a modern eco-house, we create our greenhouses according to the unique traits of every property.

 

 Traditionally, Victorian greenhouses had steeper roof pitches with fairly narrow glazing. Glass was only made in short, narrow sheets and it had to be overlapped when fitting. This caused capillary action to form green lines of algae at the overlaps, which were both unsightly and impossible to get rid of or clean.

Which option will work for your property?

Victorian Greenhouses History

Traditionally, Victorian greenhouses had steeper roof pitches with fairly narrow glazing. Manufacturers only made glass in short, narrow sheets and workers had to overlap them during fitting. This caused capillary action to form green lines of algae at the overlaps, which were both unsightly and impossible to get rid of or clean.

They also fitted fancy roof cresting and finials to the ridges of Victorian greenhouses. This helped to keep birds away and, in the right setting, enhanced the overall look of the structure.

What is a Modern Glasshouse?

More modern buildings tend to have much wider glazing, which is usually combined with a lower roof pitch. Clean lines are a key feature of modern design. Clients that prefer modern design choose simple finials without roof cresting.

The Growing Importance of Colour

Traditionally, greenhouses were made of wood and painted white. In the last 15 years, however, colour has come to play a significant role in the design of greenhouses. Today, of course, you can still find this type of greenhouse but, sadly, due to the change in timber quality, they don’t last 100 years like the original greenhouses.

Griffin’s Unique Solutions

Griffin’s glazing systems are profiled to look like routed timber with the fixings hidden within the glazing system. In fact, when we exhibit our greenhouses at flower shows, you can often see visitors tapping on the metal and they’re surprised to discover that it is not wood!

Further, we can powder coat aluminium according to a large palette of colours. Popular colours include:

  • dark grey
  • green
  • pale blue

Recently, someone ordered a purple greenhouse! 

This gives our clients the flexibility to colour match their greenhouse with other garden items. The standard RAL colour chart is used, so metal or wood paint can be mixed at any DIY store to match the glasshouse colour.

Griffin glazing systems cater for various roof pitches and, as toughened glass is made to measure, we can accommodate a number of glass widths to suit various designs. Today, manufacturers provide glass in single sheets of 4mm and toughened safety glass is up to 3m in length. This ensures stronger and better quality than the 3mm horticultural glass traditionally used. It is very rarely necessary to join glass these days, but if needed, you can use butting strips that sit between two panes of glass. This ensures a perfect joint. Algae doesn’t form between these strips and we can colour match the strips to the greenhouse to ensure a perfect finish.

Why a Victorian Glasshouse can Work for You

Many clients prefer the steep Victorian pitch while opting for

  • wider glazing
  • darker colour
  • clean lines for a more modern look

At Griffin, we provide flexibility to mix and match elements so that the end result is exactly right for the setting.

Posted by David in Design

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