Elite High Eaves Greenhouse Review
This Review has been Revised & Updated for 2019
Specially made for the taller gardener and those who are looking for a space to sow tall growing vines and plants, the Elite High Eaves Greenhouse is perfectly named, as the overall height has been lifted in order to allow tall gardeners the opportunity to sow, pot and grow without crouching over as to not hit their head of the greenhouse roof. As a tall gardener myself (over 6ft 4ins) - this is really good news!
Carry on scrolling down to read our full Elite High Eaves Greenhouse review and see what else makes this greenhouse range so versatile.
Features of the Elite High Eaves Range
- Frame: Rigid Aluminium
- Glazing: Horticultural, Toughened or Polycarbonate
- Includes: 1-4 Roof Vents (size dependent)
- Feature: Integral Gutters Along the Roof
- Feature: Low Threshold Entry
- Feature: Easy Slide Single Door
- Feature: Stainless Steel Fixings
- Feature: Long-Established British Manufacturer
- Feature: 10-Year Frame Warranty
Aluminium is the material of choice for Elite's High Eave greenhouses, sporting a durable, sturdy and solid main frame that will not warp, rust or rot over time.
As far as colour options go, Elite's frame colour's offer the most extensive amount of customisation that we've ever seen a greenhouse manufacturer to offer. Apart from the standard silver aluminium colour choice, Elite offers another eleven powder coated colours to choose from, including Terracotta, White, Black, Graphite, Brown, Berry, Olive, and Stone, letting you effortlessly match your new greenhouse to that of your outdoor space.
The powder coated colour options not only make the greenhouse more of an attractive focal point within your garden but also gives the framing an additional layer of weather protection. Although, if you weren't bothered about the colour we wouldn’t suggest going for one just for the extra protection powder coating comes with, as the standard silver aluminium will still offer a practical structure that’s made to last without weathering and very little future maintenance.
Moving on from an extensive colour range, Elite High Eaves greenhouses also come with an array of glazing options. These being Horticultural, Toughened and Polycarbonate.
Horticultural glass is the standard choice and is the most common, cost-effective and traditional glazing type. It’s provided in a 3mm thickness and comes in 2ft by 2ft panes, which are clipped onto the greenhouse’ frame.
Toughened glass also comes in a 3mm thickness but has been tempered to British Standards Standard EN12150 in order to make it a lot stronger than the horticultural alternative, but of course, comes at a higher cost. There are two main advantages of toughened glazing; firstly, in the event of a pane breaking, the glass shatters into tiny pieces rather than dangerous shards - ideal if children and pets are around. Secondly, the panes are provided as ‘long pane’, which are longer panes that fit the whole side of the greenhouse, rather than clipping multiple smaller panes together, as such with the horticultural option.
Polycarbonate glazing is the third option, and costs around the same price as the toughened option. Polycarbonate isn't actually glass, but a virtually unbreakable plastic sheeting. The polycarbonate glazing on an Elite Compact greenhouse is 6mm thick and twin-walled, meaning that it does a great job at keeping the heat inside of your greenhouse as it can’t escape as easily as entering. It’s also the safest glazing option out of all three, being as it’s plastic, there are no safety concerns of it ever shattering. The only downside to this type of polycarbonate is the fact that the glazing isn’t clear, but more of an opaque finish, which some gardener's don't like the overall appearance of.
During our Elite High Eaves Greenhouse review, we also found that the range is available in a choice of nine sizes, with a full list of these being:
- 6ft Wide by 4ft Deep
- 6ft Wide by 6ft Deep
- 6ft Wide by 8ft Deep
- 6ft Wide by 10ft Deep
- 6ft Wide by 12ft Deep
- 6ft Wide by 14ft Deep
- 6ft Wide by 16ft Deep
- 6ft Wide by 18ft Deep
- 6ft Wide by 20ft Deep
Overall, the High Eaves range has a lot to offer, especially for the taller gardeners of the world, offering added height while being available in a wide array of sizes from 4ft to 20ft depths.
As with all of Elite's greenhouse ranges, the High Eaves doesn't fall short of customisation, with plenty of glazing, frame colour, staging, shelving and accessory options to choose from, in order to create the perfect greenhouse for you and your gardening needs.
If you have the budget to spend a little more than the cheaper alternative brands out there, these models certainly will not short fall of your expectations and should offer many decades of enjoyable gardening.
Assembly - All of Elite's greenhouses come with comprehensive instruction manuals to make installation at home as simple as possible. Although larger models can take a good 8 hours or more to complete.
Quality - Elite offer some of highest quality greenhouses we've seen, designed and made in Britain to the best standards possible, and with the High Eaves offering added height, they really have thought of everything for gardeners - especially those on the taller side.
Range - An almost infinite amount of size, colour and accessory options to really make the greenhouse your own.
Value - Elite greenhouses are on the higher end of the price tag, but the quality, features and finish more than makes it a worthwhile investment.
Warranty - A 10-year frame warranty is supplied as standard. This isn't as long as what other brands offer, but considering the quality, we wouldn't be surprised if these greenhouses stay standing for many decades to comes.
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