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Which type of greenhouse will suit me best?

That depends entirely on your taste and what you want to do with the greenhouse. Do you want to experiment with growing vegetables? Then you'll have exactly what you need with one of our very well constructed hobby greenhouses . Do you have a passion for exotic plants? If so, you should opt for one of our tropical greenhouses with insulated glazing. Do you want to use your greenhouse or conservatory as a winter garden or relaxation area? In that case an orangery might be just the thing for you. Do you want to build a glazed area adjoining your garden chalet or house? Take a look at our range of conservatories

How big should my greenhouse be?

That is, of course, something you decide for yourself. But our experience teaches us that a greenhouse is rarely too large, but it is important to carefully consider what you want to grow and how much space you will need. Also keep in mind how much time you want to spend on your it (sowing, weeding, watering, etc. ). We always recommend drawing up a plan. Measure the available space in your garden and draw the layout of your greenhouse. This will give you a good idea of how big it should be. And don't hesitate to bring your plans to Euro-Serre, so we that we can offer the best advice. Do you already know what your greenhouse or conservatory might cost? If not, click here to request prices, without any obligation.

Do I need a permit for installing a greenhouse or conservatory?

A permit is not required for most greenhouses in Belgium. Belgian regulations require that the total area of your outbuildings must not exceed 40 m2 and the height must not exceed 3.5 m. You can find the exemption conditions on the government website or in this informative article.

Is it possible to assemble the greenhouse yourself, and if so, how much time does it take?

We supply our greenhouses as a construction package and always provide a detailed assembly plan with each one. This makes assembling our greenhouses as easy as pie for every do-it-yourself fan. With just one helper, you can assemble any of our basic models in one day. Please check our YouTube channel for the step-by-step instruction videos.

But perhaps, you are not so keen on construction work and you find assembly plans daunting? In that case, why not let our craftsmen assemble it for you. The cost of installation varies, depending on the model and the size of the greenhouse or conservatory.

Where should I locate my greenhouse?

The location has a very important effect on the climate inside. Where is the best place for your greenhouse? We are happy to give you tips!

The ideal orientation of a greenhouse is with the roof ridge running in a north-south alignment. This way, you make the most of the sunshine, and it is better sheltered from wind. It is preferable to have the doorway facing south. Not only do your plants in the greenhouse benefit from the heat, it also prevents it from getting too hot inside. You always open the doors during the day on a hot summer days. Do you want to use your greenhouse, conservatory, veranda or orangery as a relaxing place? In this case, orient it toward the south and enjoy the sun to the full.

Do not install your greenhouse or conservatory near tall trees. They take away lots of sunlight, and falling branches during storms can cause damage.

Does my greenhouse need to stand absolutely level?

Laterally,your conservatory should stand level and walls should beperpendicular. Lengthwise, you can have a slight incline. Thesurface may have an incline of about 1 cm per running meter, so thatrainwater can drain away smoothly. Use a spirit level and make surethat the bubble is just against the line.

Do I need a concrete foundation?

If you have a flat garden with normal soil stability, the answer is no. When you buy your greenhouse you can choose a suitable aluminium foundation profile – a stable base that eliminates the necessity of a concrete foundation. Once you have assembled the greenhouse, and after a few days, pour some fast-setting concrete around the provided ground anchors, to ensure extra stability.

But in cases where you have large height differences or unstable ground, the answer is yes, you do need a concrete foundation. If you choose a complete concrete foundation, we will supply a small foundation profile that you can fix to the concrete edge. Please note – making a concrete foundation 100% level requires precision, and concrete can expand in freezing cold conditions. This will cause your foundation to rise, putting profiles and windows under tension. So if you opt for a concrete foundation, lay it at least 60 cm deep to keep it completely frost-free.

How should I prepare the ground?

If you want to place your greenhouse directly on the ground, you need to clear it of any obstacles beforehand. You should rake the ground as flat as possible and then pound it well before starting assembly. Obviously, one does not want the construction to sink too far into the ground when installed. Next, lay the profiles level (using a spirit level) and fix the corners by inserting foundation-anchors into the ground. Once the greenhouse is assembled, and after a few days, pour some fast-setting concrete around the provided ground anchors, to ensure extra firmness.

Why doesn't my glass fit?

The glass for your greenhouse is tailor-made and should fit perfectly into the profiles. If you notice any problems fitting it, first check that all profiles are square and level. Then loosen the nuts slightly and snap the glass in from above and then from below. Now your glass fits! Watch how it's done here

Why doesn't my roof vent glass fit?

Something probably went wrong during assembly. In particular, check that you have correctly assembled the side profiles of the roof vent. One piece (the lip) of the relevant profile is longer than the other. The long lip needs to be facing inwards, otherwise your frame will be just too small. Check your assembly manual carefully to see the correct direction of the roof profiles.

My door 'scrapes’ over the bottom guide?

The sliding door must slide smoothly along the track rail. If it doesn't, the lower cross member is incorrectly installed. It must be rotated 180° so that the deep groove in the profile is facing downwards. Check your door profile assembly manual again, and you'll see the difference.

Material

Why opt for an aluminium greenhouse or conservatory?

An aluminium greenhouse or conservatory is timeless, non-wearing, and requires little maintenance. The material is light but extremely sturdy, and we can supply it finished in every available RAL-colour. And aluminium is a good heat conductor and the narrow profiles allow maximum sunlight and warmth penetration.

Why 4-mm float glass glazing?

Our greenhouses and conservatories are equipped with 4-mm clear float glass, as standard, and with good reason.

Our greenhouses and conservatories are equipped with 4-mm clear float glass, as standard, and with good reason. Float glass insulates and provides very good light transmission. Furthermore, float glass is 30% stronger than ordinary horticultural glass, so it's very good in cases of strong winds or if a tree branch falls onto the roof or windows.

Of course, we apply 14-mm thermopane glass or 16-mm polycarbonate on structures for tropical plant lovers. And the option of tempered or safety glass is always available.

Maintenance

How do I maintain my greenhouse?

Aluminium is very maintenance-friendly, but dirty windows block the light. There is no harm in cleaning the windows and removing the green deposits with a soap solution at least once or twice a year. Do not use aggressive cleaning agents, especially considering your home-grown plants nearby.

What if the doors aren't sliding so smoothly anymore? Lubricate the moving parts such as door hinges and wheels with some penetrating oil. And we recommend regular ventilation, to help ensure that moulds and diseases do not have chance to develop. After the autumn, it is best to clear leaves and twigs from the gutter, so that the water can drain away easily.

What about freezing weather or storms?

In the autumn, conditions can get pretty tough outdoors.

When the temperature drops: As soon as frosts begin, loosen the cylinders of your automatic openers and store them (in the kitchen, utility or storage room). Insulate your greenhouse with bubble wrap and/or use and electric or other type of heating to protect frost-sensitive plants.

It is getting windy: Strong winds or storm can cause glass breakage. Close the windows and doors of your greenhouse before a gust of wind blows them out.

Would you like to know more about preparing your greenhouse for winter? You can read more about it here.

Order

Can I order directly from Euro-Serre?

Yes, that is possible. Our sales team is always ready to help you and our show area in Genk (in Belgian Limburg) is freely accessible.

Is Genk too far away for you? You can save fuel by going to one of our distributors closer to home.

What if I live in another country? We almost certainly have a distributor in your country.

Does Euro-Serre also offer custom-made work?

We do not supply fully custom-made work, but our options are numerous. We have expanded our range to such an extent that 99 % of customers find exactly what they are looking for. Please feel free to contact us, and we will be happy to discuss your plans.

How long will delivery of my greenhouse take?

The delivery will be within a few weeks, depending on the number of orders we have at the time and the type of greenhouse you order. If you want your greenhouse painted, it has to be sent to the paint shop and you have to allow for a slightly longer delivery period. Our sales team will always inform you of an expected delivery date when you place your order, and our planning service will call you about a week in advance when a team is available to realise the delivery or installation.