A Guide to Choosing the Right Foundation, Anchoring, and Flooring for Your Royal Victorian Greenhouse

Foundation prep for Exaco greenhouse installation

Getting a Royal Victorian greenhouse’s basics right is essential to ensure long-term gardening production, foundational safety, and weather resistance. By understanding Royal Victorian greenhouse basics, we mean greenhouse foundation, anchoring, and flooring—the three most important parts of greenhouse installation.

The three components directly affect a greenhouse’s sturdiness, stability, and durability. It’s also worth noting that regardless of how expensive and strong your Royal Victorian greenhouse is, you must choose the right type of flooring, anchoring, and flooring in order to reap its full benefits. You can also opt for greenhouse accessories like greenhouse door kits and tie-down kits for improved peace of mind.

In this blog, our greenhouse gardening experts have discussed the three essential greenhouse factors. Continue reading to learn the meaning, types, and applications of different flooring, anchoring, and foundation.

Choosing the Right Foundation for Royal Victorian Greenhouse

The foundation creates the base of a greenhouse. It provides a stable, smooth, elevated, or non-elevated base on which a greenhouse stands. Since Janssens Royal Victorian greenhouses are made of glass walls and aluminum frames, they are quite heavy and delicate, thus requiring a well-made foundation.

A tie down kit by Solexx

Whether you are buying a Vi23, Vi34, Vi36, or any other Royal Victorian glass greenhouse, here are most types of greenhouse foundation options and their benefits:

  1. Concrete Slab Foundation: Stable use, reinforced with steel, moisture-resistant, long-lasting.
  2. Concrete Footing Foundation: Mobility freedom, great stability, and can also be reinforced with steel for added strength.
  3. Treated Lumber Foundation: Less expensive and durable than concrete foundation, suitable for mild climate regions, Good choice for small-sized greenhouses such as the Royal Victorian Vi23 greenhouse.

A large greenhouse with plants

Things to Consider

Here are some things you must remember when choosing a foundation for a Royal Victorian greenhouse:

· Location

Your greenhouse’s location is pivotal in determining its structure’s well-being. If you live in a city with windy, rough weather conditions or frequent earthquakes, you may want to build a stable and strong concrete foundation from scratch.

Available space, intended usage, and the placement of your Royal Victorian greenhouse is also considered a wealth of information for foundational preparation. The installation site must be leveled properly, it must have a firm and non-sloped inclination, and there should be a rainwater flow system if you’re planning to install a greenhouse in a hilly area.

· Greenhouse Size

In addition to suitable anchoring, your Royal Victorian greenhouse’s size must also align with its foundation. Certain extrusions must be sorted in cross-sectional and perpendicular greenhouse dimensions to ensure smooth installation and groundwork.

A royal Victorian greenhouse by Exaco

Choosing the Right Anchors for Royal Victorian Greenhouse

The primary goal of anchoring a Royal Victorian greenhouse is to prevent uplifting risks and weather damage. A greenhouse’s anchoring strength is established by its ability to retain on the ground during rain and winds, crop protection, non-inflated sides, moisture resistance, and ventilation.

Some gardeners also say that there is nothing such as too many greenhouse anchors, and it may be very true if you live in a rough climate region. In simpler terms, a greenhouse anchor works by balancing three integral forces on a greenhouse:

  • Snow load
  • Uplift and lateral pressure forces, AKA wind load
  • Passing winds force over a greenhouse’s structure

The best part about a Royal Victorian greenhouse is that their kits come with corner brackets secured to the base frames. These brackets can extend as much as 12 inches below the surface. What’s more, if you plan to buy a Vi36 or Vi46 (larger greenhouse) variant, you will receive an additional bracket for the greenhouse’s midpoint.

However, Exaco—the manufacturer of Janssens Royal Victorian greenhouses also sells corner anchor posts as an additional greenhouse accessory to aid a greenhouse’s foundational stability.

A high-quality, black greenhouse

Types of Greenhouse Anchors

There are two main types of greenhouse anchors that you can install along with your Royal Victorian greenhouse for maximum on-ground stability:

  1. Concrete Anchors: Used with concrete foundations and secured to a greenhouse with the help of nuts, bolts, and screws.
  2. Ground Anchors: Usually made of steel and are available in bar shapes. They’re screwed deeper into the ground and secured to a greenhouse with the help of nuts, bolts, and screws. Ground anchors can be removed if need be.

Some of the other greenhouse anchoring options you can consider include pier and beams, and timbers. However, if you’re using a wooden foundation for your Royal Victorian greenhouse, remember that your conservatory is probably going to outlast the foundation and ultimately require a new one. Experts recommend greenhouse buyers use pressure-treated wood and a barrier between the frame and foundation for maximum strength.

Things to Consider

Here are some things you must remember when choosing an anchor for a Royal Victorian greenhouse:

· Permits

Structural certification letters and permits are required prior to building a greenhouse site with anchors. Contact us to learn more about factory-issued structural certificates for Exaco kits.

· Frost Heaving and Wind Load

Understand the aerodynamics and forces acting on your greenhouse. This includes soil holding power, an anchor post’s surface area, and its directions. For best results, consult an expert at Mulberry Greenhouses right away!

Choosing the Right Flooring for Royal Victorian Greenhouse

The Janssens Royal Victorian greenhouses do not come with pre-fabricated flooring, which is actually a good thing. It allows greenhouse gardeners to customize the greenhouse flooring according to greenhouse size, weather, soil conditions, plant types, and intended use. You may opt for a natural, soil-based flooring ensuring it contains a weed barrier, or choose:

  1. Pea gravel flooring
  2. Tile flooring
  3. Wood
  4. Full concrete slab flooring

We also recommend you buy an automatic watering system and heater for your Royal Victorian Greenhouse VI36 to control its environment and prevent any potential flooring damage. Shop your favorite greenhouse kits and greenhouse accessories at Mulberry Greenhouses today, or contact us for more details.

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