5 Sturdy Greenhouses With The Best Wind Resistance
With more greenhouse manufacturers offering heavy-duty, well-built frames, there's no longer a reason for those living in windy areas to have to go without. We've shortlisted our pick of 5 sturdy greenhouses with the best wind resistance, ideal for gardeners living in windy parts of the UK who still want the benefits of a dedicated growing space.
Written by Andy -
Published on Thursday, 16th of March, 2023.
Updated on Wednesday, 29th of March, 2023
When it comes to choosing which greenhouse to buy for your garden, it's not just about size, style, material and brand - it's also about how well it can withstand the elements. This is particularly true for gardeners living in windy areas of the UK, where gusts and storms can wreak havoc on inefficient and unprotected greenhouse structures.
If you live in a particularly windy area, it's essential to choose a greenhouse with the best wind resistance possible. Not only will a sturdy greenhouse be able to better withstand the stronger gusts and storms, but it will also give you peace of mind that your plants are safe and secure inside.
In this review, we'll take a look at our top five recommendations for the strongest greenhouses available on GardenSite, each with excellent wind resistance. With a mix of both traditional wood to modern metal designs, there's something for every taste, budget and garden. So if you're looking for a greenhouse that can stand up to the toughest winds the UK can throw at it, read on for our top picks and expert advice.
No.5 Halls Qube greenhouse range
The Halls Qube range is quite new to the Halls greenhouse brand, having been specifically designed to be a stronger and more streamlined version of their standard ranges. They boast thicker framing, reinforced wire bracing and have even been tested in a wind tunnel, in a head-to-head battle with storm-like wind to see just how much wind the structure could withstand.
The name 'Qube' refers to the way the main frame is designed, being a tubular bar made of smaller tubes, giving a lot more strength vs a standard hollow bar. As standard, it also comes supplied with toughened safety glass, a stronger alternative to cheaper horticultural glass, and is backed up by plastic glazing bar capping, a reinforced roof bar, and as previously mentioned, wire bracing on each side.
All in all, this is a great value option for those looking for a metal greenhouse with some fab features included as standard, on top of the strong design.
Many gardeners favour timber as their material of choice for a greenhouse due to the more traditional aesthetics, and the ability for it to easily blend into the garden surroundings thanks to its natural appearance. This is certainly the case with the Vale greenhouse range, and although there's limited choice with only 3 size options; 6ft x 4ft, 6ft x 8ft and 8ft x 10ft, the popular sizes are covered to give a great place to start growing your own.
In terms of wind resistance, these greenhouses boast a main frame thickness of 70mm x 45mm, along with support angle struts, and a close board lower section, so it's able to withstand harsh wind, especially when anchored down to a solid base area with ease.
Being the most cost-effective wooden greenhouse in our top 5, the chunky framing, timber reinforcement bars and inclusive 4mm thick toughened glass makes this a strong contender, not just to withstand our great British weather, but as a delightful growing space in general.
Taking the third spot on our list is another wooden greenhouse range, the Gabriel Ash classic. The main reason why this range takes 3rd place in our top 5 wind-resistance greenhouse is due to the fact that they aren't just made from timber. Just as their brand slogan iterates; 'tradition and technology', each model is discreetly enriched by the use of metal enhancements. This varies from a metal, central roof ridge to provide optimal strength to the roof, metal bar capping on the apex to secure the glass panes in place, a metal base plinth for secure anchoring to a hard-standing surface, and on the larger sized models, there's even an internal metal a-frame that reinforces the lengthier versions from within for maximum structural integrity.
As standard, just like the Qube greenhouses these come with toughened safety glass. Along with solid brass and stainless steel fixings, and all of the metal features from the bar capping to the base plinth, and the gutters are powder coated in a pleasant grey-tone colour and protective coating for maximum weather resistance.
No doubt the toughest metal lean-to greenhouse range available on GardenSite and why it easily takes our no.2 spot, the K800 is part of Elite's 'titan' range of greenhouses, the strongest that they manufacturer. Whether you're looking for a greenhouse for growing an abundance of your favourite plants in, or a garden room that you can enter straight from a backdoor of your property, this collection comes in almost endless lengths with an 8ft width.
It boasts super strong metal framing that Elite call 'core vect technology', which includes a heavy-duty main frame bar for optimal strength, utilising a lot more aluminium than other brands, making it one of the strongest greenhouse ranges on the market and perfectly suited for those who live in high-wind areas.
As standard, it comes complete with 4mm thick toughened glass, and has a wide array of customisation options from powder-coating the main frame in one of 10 colour options to bar capping, staging, shelving and additional ventilation.
Taking the no.1 spot for our 5 greenhouses for windy areas is the Elite Titan greenhouse range. Made up of subranges; 600, 700, 800, 1000 and 1200, these relating to the width measurement of the greenhouses in that range. 600 being 6ft wide, 700 being 7ft wide, 800 8ft wide and so on, so there's plenty of sizes to choose from, making it easy to find the fitting one to suit the space in your garden.
As with the Elite Titan K800 above, these freestanding models also make use of Elite's core vect technology, super thick and strong main frame bars that provide superior strength and weather resistance that just can't be matched. Additionally, for these, there's added support bars throughout the roof and side wall sections, which add more integrity to the already muscular framework.
By default, they come pre-selected with 4mm thick toughened glass, although 6mm thick polycarbonate glazing is also available if you prefer for maximum insulation from your glazing choice. There are also plenty of colour and customisation options to truly make your new greenhouses your own, and to perfectly match your garden setting.
It's clear that if you're looking for a freestanding, metal greenhouse with the best structural integrity for withstanding wind and weather, then the Elite Titan range is most definitely it! Not only for strength, but the shear amount of sizes, customisations and accessories available to virtually design your own solid greenhouse to your personal preferences.
Selecting the right greenhouse for a windy location can make all the difference in protecting your plants from the elements. So investing in a sturdy greenhouse with strong wind resistance is crucial to ensure its longevity and the safety of your plants.
With the five greenhouses we've highlighted in this review, you can choose a model that best suits your needs and budget. You'll have peace of mind knowing that your plants are protected, and you'll be able to enjoy gardening all year round, no matter how windy it gets outside.
Remember to always consider factors such as location, size, materials, and ventilation when choosing a greenhouse to buy, and don't hesitate to seek professional advice if needed. At GardenSite, we're only an email or call away, so if you wish to chat about greenhouse options simply send us an email, or let's have a chat over the phone on 0121 355 7701.