Key differences between wood and aluminium
- Alitex’s powder coated aluminium resembles traditional wooden greenhouses, without the maintenance. We have constructed many that have been passed in the grounds of Grade 1 Listed buildings – demonstrating that there is no compromise in look.
- The maintenance on a wooden structure is estimated to require a repaint every two to three years and glaze every five to six – a costly material to maintain.
- Wood is not of the same quality it was when the original wooden glasshouses were built. Nowadays, wood is forced during production, leading to more ‘shakes’ due to poor felling procedures, meaning it rots quickly – originally many were built with Baltic pine, grown near tar seams and difficult or impossible to get.
We recently replaced five, 30 metre long ‘pit houses’ due to rot – these had only been standing for 12 years.
- Wooden greenhouses are not designed for modern levels of automation. The continuous adjustment of roof vents quickly destroys conventional hinges.
- Wooden greenhouses have shorter hinged vents – again due to the problem of movement – both in ‘jamming’ and ‘twisting’ causing early failure in mechanisms. When greenhouses are to be used to capacity, in a professional manner this can be an issue.
- Once your aluminium greenhouse is in place, it is there until you take it down – no hassle , no maintenance, the framework just needs washing occasionally.