A dear customer of ours in MN. sent us a wonderful story about his greenhouse experience. If you are interested in building a lean-to greenhouse this is a must read!
“The knee wall is 4X6 pressure treated lumber. It is a higher level of treatment from a local high quality lumber yard, not your standard self service do it yourself store.
I started the foundation wall right after I placed the order with Sunglo and took my time getting a good base packed below the timbers. I dug out the black dirt down 12 inches and put in 8 inches of gravel, packing it as I went and kept it level. When I put the timbers on top of the gravel it took lots of adjusting to get it level and square. I measured kitty corner both directions many times. Then let it sit a few days and did some more adjusting after it rained and settled the ground some more. I used a 2 foot level first and after I thought I had it right I borrowed a transom to make sure, and it was nice and level. If I had to do it over again, I would get a transom before I started. It would have saved me some time.
Mounting the vertices upright and ridge header on the steel pole building wall was a challenge.
I waited for the greenhouse to arrive to prep the building to make sure I cut the steel in the correct place. I knew I had to cut the corrugated steel to mount the greenhouse to the building wood frame.
I used a hand held high speed grinder with a cutting disk to slot out the steel siding about 3 inches wide. I inverted J trim on each side of the uprights and under the ridge header to finish the look. I put flashing on the top side of the ridge header. I also installed additional 2X4 framing above and below the ridge header to reattach the steel siding on each side of the slot.
My largest mistake was to assume my building was plumb. It was only 6 years old and I was very pleased with the quality so I assumed it was plumb. I found out differently when I tried to install the first overhead truss. It didn’t reach! When I checked the building I found it was leaning away by 3/4 inch from the top to bottom of the greenhouse. This delayed me a day removing the vertices uprights and ridge header to shim it plumb and reinstalling things.
It took me awhile to assemble the greenhouse because I’m not good at puzzles, so I went slow. I had planned to do so up front.
I only worked half days because it was August on the south side of a steel building and it was hot! I made a few mistakes but it was easy to drill out the rivets and correct them.
I was mostly done after a week and I was able to do it all by myself, except for mounting the ridge header and the first gable end panel. My wife held things in place until I secured it.
During the assembly process I appreciated Sunglo’s customer service in discussing and solving the challenges I encountered. I am now enjoying learning how to grow plants in a greenhouse. I have lettuce, spinach, radish, chives, tomatoes, onions and strawberries already growing.”
Lean-to greenhouses are wonderful for limited or confined space. Sunglo offers 2 sizes of lean-to style greenhouses. The 1700 series – 8ft width is shown above and we also carry a 1500 series – 5ft width for even smaller spaces. With lengths from 5′ to 100′ we can help you find the right size for your space. To read another lean-to greenhouse review – click here.
If you are shopping for a greenhouse, then you know that customer reviews are always important. It is vital to see what actual users/owners of the product have to say about their experience. We value what our customers think.. even if its not always the best! There is always room for improvement. Even on the BEST product!
Here are sites where you can find Sunglo Greenhouse reviews or write your own review-
Ketchum, ID – “My husband purchased this greenhouse for our 10 year anniversary, 20 years ago. It is worth every penny . If you want to start your growing season or extend it, this greenhouse has stood the test of time with rain, hail, snow ,extreme heat. I highly recommend this greenhouse.”
“My wife and I love our new green house. It has been over 7 months since we have built our greenhouse and we are very pleased with the product and the results. The Green house is really thoughtfully designed and it has everything we needed. This product is very complex so I recommend to take your time with the assembly. However, the parts are so wonderfully labeled, and the kit comes with good set of instructions (even though I have to admit it is hard to follow). The best thing was the Video. You pretty much need to follow the step by step procedure provided by the video. They also have an excellent technical support team that would answer any question you may have. My wife and I are extremely pleased with the purchase of our Sunglo 8′ x 12.5′ Expert Greenhouse package and the service we have received from Sunglo.”
WA State – “I own a SunGlo Greenhouse that was designed and constructed in the 1970’s. I am the second owner. Needless to say, after that many years of constant use and mostly a tree trimming job gone astray; I needed to replace a few panels. I called Joanie at SunGlo in Kent, Washington and ordered over the phone the panels I needed. I live an hour and a half away including a ferry ride. She was so knowledgeable of her product. I received in the mail my panels. No hassle, just good old friendly service. I also needed a special curved panel to fit on the end. I sent her a template of the panel and zip, back in the mail was my special panel. No hassle, just super nice service. I do appreciate the fact she went the extra mile for me. I would highly recommend SunGlo Greenhouse in Kent, Washington. Their service is superior and my greenhouse thinks it is brand new!”
Sunglo is also rated 5 stars on Facebook. For more in depth Sunglo greenhouse reviews please visit the links below –
The agriculture industry in Alaska created the Alaska Grown logo to highlight products grown in Alaska. The program is designed to increase consumer awareness and consumption of Alaska agricultural products. The Alaska Grow logo will start showing up on all sorts of Alaska goods and I think it’s a great thing! Every community should embrace the “home grown” products in their area. It not only helps the hard working families but locally grown fruits and veggies will keep our families on the healthy track as well! I commend Alaska for starting this program!
One of Sunglo’s favorite customers from Alaska just got finished building his 2100F Sunglo. Look at that snow! He sent us:
“Here’s pictures of some Alaskan hoodlums… thanks again for a great greenhouse and customer service!”
Hoodlums? Well I don’t know about that. But they certainly look like Alaskan grown kids to me! Thank you for the awesome pictures Mr. B!
For more information on the Alaska Grown program Click Here.
This week at the Puyallup Fair a gentleman came up to me and shook my hand. He said “I just wanted to thank you and tell you how much I love my greenhouse.” I thanked him at the time, but I want to take this opportunity to tell everyone who visited with us at both the Alaska and Puyallup fairs how much it means to us. We love hearing about the amazing things everyone is doing with their greenhouses, and your suggestions for improvement drive us to constantly improve our products. Thank you so much to everyone who has already stopped by to see us and in advance to all of you who will throughout the remaining days of the Puyallup Fair.
My special thanks also goes out to Ray Hakala and Kathy Rohlfing who recently sent us the emails below expressing how happy they are with their greenhouses.
I just wanted to share some pics of the 1200G put together this month.
I ordered the unit in May from bettergreenhouses.com. I put the greenhouse on a two foot wall. The kit was complete and the video instruction was well done. It’s very
sturdy and I’m sure we’ll get plenty of use for many years.
My husband and I purchased one of your Sunglo Greenhouses in April (8X12) and I wanted to share with you our experience and pictures of what we did. My my husband and I worked together – watching the video step by step and working side by side, it was the best project we ever did together. I have attached the pictures for you to see and share with other people on different ways to build it.
Both of you have created something that goes beyond a mere greenhouse, and I applaud you.
We have hundreds of pictures like these that we have collected over the years. If you are interested in taking a look at them please send us an email using the contact us link above.