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Robert Hall reviews the new Halls Qube Greenhouse, stating that; this is a major evolutionary step in greenhouse design. Read his full review of the new range here.
Creating a new greenhouse design is never going to be a revolution. Let’s face it a - greenhouse is a greenhouse, a structure made from wood or metal and a lot of glass!
And that glass has to be maintained safely within a structure, ideally within a suitable frame and always at the best possible value for money to the end user. The basic aluminium greenhouse that we all know successfully fulfils that brief and has done for many years. And the basic shape hasn’t changed that much over the last decade or two.
So, the new Halls Qube greenhouse cannot be described as revolutionary, as it too fulfils the brief of still just being an aluminium greenhouse, but it can certainly be described as evolutionary and with very good reason.
The most dramatic change is in the shape of the aluminium bar-frame sections which hold the structure, and the glass in place. Gone are the traditional T-shaped extrusions and these have been replaced with a new cross-box section that has far more inherent strength.
You cannot twist these new cross-box sections with your hands, but they are still light enough to mean that packaging, transportation and installation are all still very manageable.
The glass is held in place with a long plastic capping which slides easily into place, making the installation of the glass, and the security of the glass, much improved over the often used w-shaped clips. In fact, the whole greenhouse is far easier to construct and it is estimated that the new Halls Qube models will go together in at least 30 minutes less time than the same sized equivalent style of a popular aluminium greenhouse.
The design is so inherently strong that the long tried and tested heavy ridge bar is no longer needed. Traditionally with aluminium greenhouses, the ridge bar has been the backbone of any greenhouse and all other extrusions hang from it. The bigger and stronger the ridge bar, the stronger the greenhouse. But not with the Halls Qube; as it really is that different, stronger and much more practical.
Visually this lack of ridge bar makes quite a startling difference and helps to reinforce the new sleeker and more modern style that also sports metal cables to add that final degree of rigidity, instead of the usual flattened metal bars that are overly used in other ranges. When the light catches the new Halls Qube and the glazing reflects the garden that surrounds it, the new Qube almost appears to disappear into its background - very uncanny!
And the evolution does not finish there either, as Halls have looked closely at the sliding door and the position of the runners and moved the bottom runners up and turned them on their side, placing them on the greenhouse base. This gives a lot more stability and stops the door swinging out away from the base, a problem that the old fixing method, being placed above and below the door sometimes suffered from.
Staging and shelving accessories in the same modern design have also been manufactured to suit, fixing directly onto the frame, taking up less space inside where you'd normally have legs to hold up the staging, but now this allows extra free space below for compost, tools, pots and even more plants.
The Halls Qube will be available in 6 x 6 ft, 6 x 8 ft and 6 x 10 ft sizes when it becomes available to the general public from February 2019 onwards. It will also feature a black powder coated frame which matches perfectly with the black plastic capping used to hold in the toughened glass supplied as standard. This again adds strength as well as being the preferred choice of glass when safety is in mind.
The new Qube is also designed to be packed onto a single pallet making home delivery a lot less complicated and reducing the risk of damage. This also helps delivery costs to be kept in check as there is less manual handling required - hence why we offer free UK delivery on the range! We all know that pricing is paramount and the Halls Qube will be competitively priced against the same specification and sizes of greenhouses currently on sale.
In future, the plan is to use the new cross-box frame design on Halls 8 ft wide greenhouses as it is so much stronger and practical than current practices. So for now, you'll find the 6 ft wide versions becoming available first, followed by the 8 ft versions if you're looking for something a bit bigger.
All in all, after reviewing the Halls Qube greenhouse range, I can honestly say that this is truly an evolution in design, a real revelation that greenhouse gardeners are going to enjoy many years of growing with.
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