Greenhouses are houses built either for personal or commercial purposes for growing a wide variety of plants in them and even organic foods. There are many sections of the greenhouse including the roof, the walls, the units build inside and the floor. The kind of material used for making the green house varies a lot depending on the technology used and budget of the person making the greenhouse. One very important section in the greenhouse is the greenhouse floor plan that need to be built in particular way. There are several greenhouse floor plans that you can choose from to build in your greenhouse.
Each plan you choose has its own advantages and disadvantages when it comes to issues of drainage, cleanliness, mud and even ability to move around and work on. Costs do vary to build the different floor styles and that should be the guiding plan on choosing the best suitable floor to build in the greenhouse.
Concrete is one of the greenhouse floor plans that can be built. This floor has the advantages of being very easy to clean and even work on. It is also very durable and smooth to walk on and since on a hot day it absorbs heat and radiates it at night as required, it makes a good greenhouse floor.
A drainage system should be built in a greenhouse that has a concrete floor to avoid mould growing on it. However, it can be a very expensive floor to build as compared to many others.
Stone is another greenhouse floor plan that can be used. Stone has similar advantages as concrete as it is durable and strong and easy to clean. It also absorbs and radiates heat as concrete and since different stone sizes are used, the cracks in between drain any unnecessary water and keep the greenhouse dry. The downside of this type of floor is that it’s not easy to level hence being not very comfortable to walk on or place buckets on it and some of the cracks can retain water and hence dampen the environment in the greenhouse.
Wood can also be used to build greenhouse floors. Wooden planks can be laid across the greenhouse floor and even appear to form a beautiful flooring plan for the greenhouse. Treated wood that is able to avoid moisture or naturally moisture free and resistant wood such as redwood are the best choices of wood kinds.
The wooden floor can be quite good for providing drainage between the cracks. It is also easy to hose and clean the wooden floor without difficulties and walking around it is also easy as it is even and creates balance.
The only negative thing about a wooden floor is that it can be very expensive to put up and maintain as well.
Also, depending on which type of gravel you buy and where you buy it from, it can form a very good greenhouse floor. This floor drains very well as compared to other kinds of floors. About 6 inches of gravel need to be put down to avoid the accumulation of mud. Although it can be very uneasy to work and walk on, it is one of the cheapest forms of floor.
And finally, a floor type that is the cheapest but then again very messy and needs constant renewal is saw dust or wood chips and bark chips. You can pour these in your greenhouse but then again cleaning will be difficult without removing the entire floor and putting new chips or saw dust.