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Buyer's Guide

DIY Greenhouse Buyer's Guide

Exploring your options for a DIY greenhouse can be a bit overwhelming. With so many different materials and features to choose from, how can you know that you are choosing the right ones for your garden? At Greenhouse Kits Direct, we have selected only greenhouse kits with materials are durable, functional and practical. We also offer a range of features and accessories that help take some of the stress out of gardening, so you can have a fruitful, healthy garden that will last much longer than the typical growing season. Below we've put together a breakdown of some of the materials and features you should know about when selecting a greenhouse, so you can get the perfect one for your garden.

Your Greenhouse Frame

One of the first decisions you'll have to make when planning your DIY greenhouse is what kind of frame you want. When browsing through different greenhouse sites, you'll find that greenhouses are constructed with a variety of materials, including wood, aluminum, resin, and PVC. We prefer aluminum or resin, as you'll find when browsing our selection of greenhouses. Here's the pros and cons of each material:

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We think that aluminum and resin are the clear choice for most greenhouses. We recommend choosing a resin greenhouse, such as the ones by Rion, if you live in a very cold climate, so you can have the greatest insulation. If you live in a more moderate climate, we think aluminum is a great choice. It is easy to work with and it is at low risk of becoming damaged over time.

Your Greenhouse Siding

At Greenhouse Kits Direct, we are firm believers in the virtues of polycarbonate siding. Sure, you could go with glass or plastic, but you may be regretting that decision later on down the line. While glass is a beautiful choice, it is also fragile, heavy, and not terribly efficient. It surely is not ideal for a DIY Greenhouse. Plastic is inexpensive, but it won't last very long. It is easily damaged and will need to be replaced often. Polycarbonate, on the other hand, is inexpensive, highly efficient, and incredibly durable. It does the best job of trapping heat and transmitting light through your greenhouse, and will last through strong winds, harsh storms, and freezing winters. Polycarbonate definitely gives you the biggest bang for your buck. We have a great selection greenhouse kits with polycarbonate siding, including ones from Palram, a manufacturer known for their polycarbonate expertise.

Your Greenhouse Features

In addition to choosing a greenhouse with quality framing and siding, there are other factors that contribute to a healthy garden. This is where extra features and accessories can really come in handy.

Light Transmission: One thing to consider is the amount of light that you are allowing to fill your greenhouse. If you have your greenhouse in an area with a lot of sun exposure, you may want to get a greenhouse shade cloth, so you can control how much light is reaching your plants. We also have many greenhouses with twin-wall polycarbonate panels, which give you even greater control over light transmission. Twin-wall panels also are fantastic for retaining heat.

Air Circulation: Air circulation and ventilation are also vital considerations when it comes to the livelihood of your garden. Many of our backyard greenhouses come with roof vents built-in, so you can adjust the amount of air that you are letting in and out of your greenhouse. This not only helps with air circulation, but it allows you to have some control over the temperature in your greenhouse. We even have automatic vent openers that will open your vent further as it senses a rise in temperature. Or, you might try a side louver window to help control your airflow. When purchasing an air vent, automatic vent opener, or side louver window, be sure to get one that is compatible with your make and model of greenhouse.

Irrigation: No garden can survive without proper hydration. That's why many of our greenhouses include features that allow for easier irrigation. For instance, some of our greenhouse kits come with integrated rain gutters, so you can easily collect water for irrigation. We also offer irrigation kits that control water pressure, removes water sediment, and allows for even watering of your plants. Some of our greenhouses even come with their own drip irrigation kits included!


At Greenhouse Kits Direct, all of these amazing features are available to you at our guaranteed lowest price, so you can have your best harvest yet, without having a massive budget. If you need further assistance selecting the right one, don't hesitate to contact our customer service team. They will be happy to help you make this investment. Start browsing our selection now, to find the greenhouse kit that will make your gardening dreams a reality.