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What are the Pros and Cons of an Octagonal Greenhouse?

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  • Written By: Autumn Rivers
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  • Last Modified Date: 31 July 2019
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Some people prefer an octagonal greenhouse to the traditional kind, as it is often considered more appealing. In fact, this type of structure is meant to stand out on any property rather than be pushed into a back corner, as it is usually rather eye-catching. Those with lots of plants that need constant sun typically prefer this kind of greenhouse since its shape allows each side to get some sun during the day, no matter the time. Unfortunately, this very advantage can also be considered a drawback for some, as it requires additional ventilation. This factor, combined with the high cost of most octagonal greenhouses,and their corresponding curved shelving, can be considered a disadvantage for many people.

An octagonal greenhouse is often considered both dramatic and historic in appearance, so it is able to act as a centerpiece for a yard rather than a building that needs to be hidden. In this way, it can add charm to any property while also remaining quite functional for those growing plants. This is because the shape allows the structure to have several right angles to the sun, which is often considered ideal for planting. This means that each side can be effectively used as a spot for a plant that craves sunlight, ensuring that all plants get some sun for at least part of the day, no matter where they are placed in the octagonal greenhouse.

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While its ability to maximize sunlight is often considered a benefit, it can also be seen as a downside since it may result in excessive heat. Therefore, most octagonal greenhouses need more ventilation than the average structure, especially during the summer. This can be achieved by making sure that there are several windows that open, either on the sides or on the roof, though a fan can also help cool off the greenhouse. Of course, these accessories cost extra.

In fact, the octagonal greenhouse is typically more expensive than others in general, even without additional accessories. This is likely because its many sharp angles require more pieces and labor than the traditional greenhouse shape. Additionally, it may be difficult to find benches that fit the angled sides of the octagonal greenhouse, which means that curved benches and shelves may need to be purchased in order to maximize space in this structure. Of course, these are often more expensive than regular benches and shelves, only adding to the cost of owning this type of greenhouse.

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