Elite

Features & options

Base

Standard:
all Compact, Streamline, Craftsman, High Eave and Belmont models come with an integral base and ground anchors.
Optional:
all lean to models plus Supreme and Classique 10’, 12’ and 14’long models have no base included as standard but do have the option of a strong and durable aluminium base.
Not available:
Supreme and Classique models 16’ and longer are designed to sit on a traditionally laid base of bricks, slabs or concrete.

Installing your greenhouse on a soil site

This is our recommended option as any excess water inside the greenhouse (you will be sloshing lots of it about whilst watering your plants) will easily drain away. The greenhouse is easy to secure – simply dig a hole at each corner and concrete the ground anchors into position once you have completed glazing. If you are in a windy spot, dig your holes a little deeper and use a bit more concrete.

Installing your greenhouse on hardstanding

The base will sit directly onto a level hardstanding such as concrete or paving slabs. No need to use the ground anchors with this method, just drill through the bottom lip of the base and anchor the greenhouse down with screws or bolts. Beware of this method in a windy area as the strength of the greenhouse will depend on the screw fixing.

Elite greenhouse base with ground anchors Elite greenhouse base on concrete Elite greenhouse on a brick plinth

Glazing

Standard:
3mm horticultural glass
Optional:
3mm toughened glass in either small overlapping panes or larger panes. 6mm polycarbonate.
Horticultural glass

Horticultural glass

Traditionally greenhouses have been glazed with this, the cheapest glass available, supplied in small overlapping panes. Over the last 10 years we have witnessed a trend away from horticultural glass towards the much safer toughened glass.

Toughened glass small pane

This is the most popular Elite glazing option. The relatively small (up to 2ft x 2ft) panes are easy to carry, fit and indeed replace. Toughened glass will withstand a far greater impact than horticultural glass – a blunt blow such as a ball hitting it will not normally break it. But it is personal safety that is the biggest reason for specifying toughened glass. Children or gardeners of any age can trip in the confined space of a greenhouse and fall into the glass. When toughened glass breaks it crumbles into hundreds of small pieces, whilst these are still sharp, they are not long dangerous shards.

Toughened glass large pane

This has all the benefits as described above but in taller panes, reducing the number of overlaps.

Polycarbonate

Although popular on the Continent, polycarbonate has never really taken off in the UK. It has the advantage that it is better insulated than glass, being constructed with twin walls with a gap between them. Polycarbonate will also provide a diffused light which could be beneficial during bright summer sunshine. Polycarbonate is also very light and therefore easy to handle. There are some disadvantages to polycarbonate. Being lightweight we would not recommend it for windy areas. Being plastic the surface attracts dirt and encourages algae, reducing light levels inside the greenhouse (not a problem in the summer but a different story in the autumn, winter and early spring months). Polycarbonate also suffers from condensation between the layers, further reducing light transmission and encouraging algae to form.

Glazing options Glazing options

Glazing System

Standard:
Stainless steel spring clips
Optional:
Bar capping

Stainless steel clips

Stainless steel clips are bent and clipped into the frame to retain the glass in place under tension. With small pane glazing (horticultural or toughened glass) the panes will overlap using “Z” clips. With the large pane toughened glass option, the “Z” clips are usually not required.

Bar capping

Used in addition to spring clips and in conjunction with large pane glazing (glass or polycarbonate) only. Whilst it gives an additional hold on the glazing, bar capping is primarily a cosmetic addition which clips onto the glazing bars to hide the individual clips and enhance the overall appearance of the greenhouse. It can be coloured to tone with a powdercoat painted greenhouse.

Elite glazing clips Elite overlap clips Elite bar capping

Aluminium Frame

Strength rating:
Medium to good

All Elite models feature diagonal bracing as standard. Higher and larger models such as the High Eave, Belmont, Supreme and Classique also have additional eaves cantilever bracing for extra strength.

Elite corner braces Elite eave braces

Ventilation & Temper -ature Control

Standard:
Roof vents (plus louvre vents on selected models).
Optional:
Extra roof vents, louvre vents, automatic roof and louvre vent openers.

1. Reducing heat

This is best achieved by ensuring that the greenhouse has an adequate number of roof vents.

2. Air circulation

Humid, stagnant air encourages disease. Fitting louvre vents let cooler air circulate and force the hot air out of the roof vents.

3.Temperature control

The temperature inside the greenhouse will vary greatly throughout the day (even in early Spring the temperature can quickly soar), requiring the vents to be constantly adjusted. Add solar powered automatic vent openers to maintain a more constant temperature (even a cloud passing overhead will cause the autovent to close a little - you couldn't possibly achieve this degree of control yourself).

Elite autovent Elite automatic louvre vent opener Elite 5 bladed louvre vent

Doors

Standard:
Sliding end doors on all models (width varies).
Optional:
double and/or extra doors (according to model), front mounted door(s) on all lean tos (excluding Easygrow and Windsor).

All Elite freestanding greenhouses have well made end sliding doors with good entry heights. Depending on the model, these can be either be converted to double doors or augmented with extra end doors. With the exception of the Easygrow and Windsor ranges, Elite leantos feature sufficient height to place doors at either the end or on the front of the unit.

Doors on an Elite High Eave 6x8 Doors on an Elite Belmont 8x8 Doors on an Elite Kensington 8x12

Colour

Standard:
Plain aluminium
Optional:
Choice of 5 different powdercoat finishes

Plain aluminium

Frame is initially bright and shiny but with time gains a surface oxidised layer giving the greenhouse a familiar duller, matt appearance.

Powder coating

An attractive finish which is hard wearing and provides protection for many years. The aluminium extrusions undergo a multi-stage cleaning and preparation process and are sprayed with the coloured powder. They are then heated to approximately 200 degrees centigrade in specially designed ovens which melt the powder and fuse it to the surface of the aluminium forming a highly durable, resilient and smooth maintenance free coating. The colour is deep and lustrous and resistant to scratching, chipping and UV degradation.

Elite greenhouses in white and green powdercoat Elite greenhouse in terracotta powdercoat Elite greenhouse in black powdercoat

Rainwater Collection

Standard:
Integral gutters
Optional:
Choice of downpipe kits and bespoke fittings

Integral gutters

All Elite models feature a gutter which is incorporated into the aluminium eave section of the greenhouse.

Downpipe kits

These are an option for all Elite greenhouses. A choice of different fittings is available to enable rainwater to be channelled and collected either from each gutter separately or into one point.

Elite greenhouse fitted with a downpipe kit Closeup of Elite greenhouse downpipe