Written on: 20/05/2013 by jtstead123 (2 reviews written)
Seems to be a problem with this one - panels come loose and the door came off. Product might be ok in a sheltered area but no good when exposed to strong winds. Would recommend spending a bit more and getting something more robust. (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2013
I have had to replace some of the panels 4 times now following strong winds. The door keeps blowing off. In order to try and stop the panels from blowing out, I have placed beading in every panel, 3 in each but I am not convinced that that is the answer so I have sent for a tarpaulin to cover the whole lot. The bottom line is. DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY. Pay the extra cash and buy a good quality greenhouse. (read more)
Written on: 04/05/2013
The instructions assume that the person constructing the greenhouse knows which way round everything is and what the finished greenhouse will look like in detail. Small black lines showing how things fit are no good. In my lifetime I may erect one (the one I just bought!) and possibly two greenhouses. It should not be assumed that I know that the bases, struts etc face outwards or inwards. I need to be shown and not spend two thirds of my time (40 minutes)putting right what I did wrongly... (read more)
Written on: 03/03/2013 by Suzannec89 (1 review written)
I bought this greenhouse based on reviews I had read and also for the price, most parts are very easy to assemble but the instructions could be clearer for a couple of bits & could give you tips on the best way to put some parts together such as the door seal was a bit hard to get in, I struggled to slide one side in & ended up breaking the clips at the bottom of the door, I found the easiest way to insert door seal is to lay door down, lay seal along the door & one side will slip in & prise... (read more)
Written on: 03/03/2013
This greenhouse should be taken off the market. It's a joke! A struggle to erect with cheap screws and fittings and then even after a complete reinforcing exercise, it is totally mangled at the first sign of strong winds. We spent a lot of time on the foundation and money for extra clips, glue etc. We even crossbar red strips of wood on all sides. As I said, complete rubbish. Do not buy! (read more)
Written on: 23/02/2013 by ChasGunter (2 reviews written)
I agree with comments on the difficulty of assembly, very poor instructions and quality of the fixings. I don't live in an area noted for its windy conditions but a couple of weeks ago the wind destroyed the opening vent by ripping it off and blew out five panels. I have bought some extra clips and hope they will suffice. My advice would be - 'Don't buy one of these'. (read more)
Written on: 17/02/2013 by elaineann
Instructions to build this greenhouse are poor to say the least. It was hard to work out if the parts were to face in or out from the diagrams. The vent slides on to the roof bar and this was not explained fully on the instructions. The bars also do not fit snuggly and with a gust of wind would not hold shut with the catch. Until I come up with a better idea i have secured this with some wire. The quality of the nuts and bolts is inadequate and cheap - many twisted and sheared so have... (read more)
Written on: 14/02/2013 by EmmaMorgan (1 review written)
I had the 6x8 greenhouse for my 40th, 5 years ago. I build it on my own. Frame first day and glazing on day2. Followed instructions carefully and enjoyed it! Pretty straight forward really. My husband just helped me lift the frame onto its base, which consisted of four large patio slabs at each corner on my lawn, which i covered with black mesh to stop weeds. I can only say the negative comments and reviews are not quite right in my view. Maybe over tightening may cause shearing of bolts but... (read more)
Written on: 28/01/2013
I bought this greenhouse in the hope that it would replace the one that I had left behind on a recent move. I had to have TWO men erect it and as I had only booked them for a day, I had to finish it myself. To be honest I have read the reports below and can confirm the following. It is very complicated. It is cheap by name and cheap by nature. The bolts shear at the first sign of a bit of torque applied. The panels blow out, I'm on my forth lot after the winds of a fortnight ago. The w... (read more)
Written on: 01/06/2012 by giddycardener
8' x 6' POLYCARBONATE GREENHOUSE I purchased this greenhouse for my retirement, always wanted one but never had time to maintain one. I had trouble erecting it as helper made a mess of it and binned essential bits when I was not around. I contacted Gardman customer services and they replaced the parts I needed really quickly. When this greenhouse was completed, and positioned where it would have some protection from strong winds. I put two 4' aluminium staging down one side, and I could... (read more)
Written on: 06/05/2012 by Fat_Tom (1 review written)
Potentially the worst thing I have ever bought... about 30 sheared bolts so far (which of course doesn't leave me enough to finish the project... that's ok I'll just nip to B&Q and... oh wait their proprietary bolts... cannae get them. About 10 of these bolts sheared trying to undo them... so imagine when halfway up a length shears then you have to undo one to get another slotted in and that one shears as well.. This is about 20 hours I have spent trying to get this together and now I... (read more)
Written on: 12/04/2012
I read a lot of the reviews for this product, and others, before buying and must agree that although there are a lot of parts, if you understand the process beforehand it is a piece of cake. The frame parts come in plastic wrapped packs which at first I thought were each section packed together but realised were just for packing purposes. I built it on my own and laid every piece out beforehand to ensure the inventory was correct and then built it slowly and steadily, myself, over the bank... (read more)
Written on: 04/04/2012 by Redellen (1 review written)
The pack came the day expected but didn't contain the correct number of profile end caps for glazing. It took a number of attempts to contact the helpline which was closed on the Friday through to Monday. Eventually I was told (without an apology) it would normally take 5-7 days to send more, but probably longer as we were coming to a bank holiday (I'm waiting). I emailed to say this was disappointing but got no response. Reviews I read before buying indicated any problem such as this was... (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2012 by Onderka
I am a 5.3ft woman and pretty much managed to build this on my own. One day for the frame, one day for the glazing. I needed extra hands only when fitting the four sides together. The key to following the instructions is to READ them and then identify and lay out the parts you need, then RE-READ the instructions. They make perfect sense if you pay attention. The only problem i have is that i cannot figure out for the life of me, how to attach the spring clips. Obviously this greenhouse... (read more)
Written on: 10/03/2012 by brycey
This greenhouse is flimsy, shoddy and a nightmare to construct. The instructions are crap, as are the component parts, bolts shear on tightening,and parts need reshaped. The window fixings are fiddly and impractical, and I fully expect the entire thing to be flattened by our first storm, leaving only the solid base we constructed for it. I find it hard to believe I paid good money for this, it is without a doubt the worst designed and manufactured product it has ever been my misfortune to... (read more)
Written on: 02/03/2012 by Chaddy12
Working on my own the frame took 6 hours to construct, the glazing took around the same time but I was hampered by windy conditions. Instructions were pretty easy to follow and any mistakes were down to me not paying enough attention to the plans. I would advise wearing a pair of gloves while doing the glazing. Ideally the product would include extra glazing clips and the better quality bolts as a number did shear whilst tightening. Use as many of the 'W' glazing clips as you can fit on a... (read more)
Written on: 21/02/2012 by gleaner (1 review written)
There are only a couple of alternative aluminium greenhouse types. The Gardman is made with the same extrusions and parts as the Halls AGL, Screwfix exct. which can be identified by the narrow glass pane in the middle of the door. The the parts for the fitting of polycarbonate sheets to all of these models are the same. Before attempting to do so, advice should be searched for on the internet. The same applies to anchoring a greenhouse. The 'problems' described are a normal part of... (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2012 by ArthurKyle (1 review written)
Insructions not easy to follow the aluminium bolts are of the poorest quaulity and snap when under windy conditions my greenhouse collapsed in a gale despite my own sturdy anchors which are still in position poor product and poor anchoring system supplyed by the manufacturers, cheap and nasty. (read more)
Written on: 21/01/2012
terrible product. Instuctions aren't that easy to follow and I had to make my own additions in order to bolt the frame to the base - I expected this to be standard on a greenhouse?. In terms of the panes, the fixings are awful and when the wind picks up, they blow out!! Again, I have had to add some extra supporting bars to hold these in. For the money (+£300), this product is rubbish and I wouldn't recommend that anyone buys one!!! (read more)
Written on: 03/01/2012 by Laura65
I bought a Gardman greenhouse in November and have had nothing but trouble with it. What you are basically supplied with is a lot of metal strips and poly-carbonate sheets, with some poor instructions. My husband( who is a builder) and I spent 3 days building it. Since then the panels have blown out 5 times. They are in with as many clips as it says, more in places, but the clips are glorious paper clips and I can not see how they can be expected to hold greenhouse panels in place. I... (read more)
Written on: 15/12/2011 by Sinclaire (1 review written)
I bought this greenhouse on www.quictents.co.uk three months ago as my husband's birthday gift. He is a gardener and he really likes this greenhouse. It is ideal for our garden and it is of excellent quality and good appearance. It can hold up well through winds gusting to 50 m.p.h. Most important, it can protect our plants from too much heat or cold, shield the plants from dust and gale. (read more)
Written on: 13/12/2011
Gardman Greenhouse. I got the smaller version as a birthday present. Firstly it was very complicated to build, it took my brother and my friend the best part of 2 days to construct it. There are parts in the box that are not mentioned anywhere in the instructions, and all 3 of us are reasonably practical blokes, my brother being a motorcycle mechanic for example. It was also missing several metal clips and a plastic runner for the base of a panel. The build quality is awful. A good few... (read more)
Written on: 13/09/2011 by smiler03 (6 reviews written)
Firstly I want to address the problem some people have had with wind damage. You're almost certainly not assembling it correctly. The polycarbonate panels fit very neatly to where they should. Make sure that they tuck under the roof line, this alone holds them in place quite well. You should then have about 4 or 5 clips for each side (left/right) of the panel. Spread them evenly over the length of the panel. If you're doing it correctly then the clips snap firmly into position. A fair... (read more)
Written on: 16/04/2011
Bought B & Q polycarbonate greenhouse nightmare! Took it back after spending a week sellotaping it together to stop the wind taking the panels away. Don't buy one structure is fine but putting the panels in with the grey strips to keep them in place is not easy and if the wind gets up they pop out any way. Now back to the green covered walk in greenhouse. (read more)
Written on: 26/03/2011 by walker88 (2 reviews written)
I bought the 6 x 4 version. I agree with others about susceptibility to wind damage. I have placed it near fence and shed and hope it will survive - but suspect it is liable to damage.
Construction is a bind. Worse than IKEA. Lots of fiddly bits. Plastic nuts and bolts are a disappointment - beware using power tools to tighten. I think the manufacturers could have included at least another 20% quantity to make up.
Some of the diagrams in the instructions are very hard to follow. Lack... (read more)
Written on: 24/03/2011
Excellent value for money, I found the greenhouse to be very sturdy when put up correct! It has Survived very strong winds whilst my neighbours fence blew down! It helps to read the instructions properly, I can only assume others haven't!! Overall very satisfied with the value of greenhouse and I am looking forward to a good crop :) (read more)
Written on: 15/03/2011 by ADF (1 review written)
I bought the 6X6 a year ago. I laid a solid paved base for it and managed to completely erect the greenhouse on my own in a day. If put together with care and thought, the construction will withstand the majority of gale force winds, albeit I lost a few panels in the exceptional winds recently, but they were the strongest in the UK for years. I am going to strip the glazing out in the summer, clean and refit it using silicone sealant blobbed behind each W clip, and it should be good for... (read more)
Written on: 19/02/2011
I bought this item last april. Had a man in to put together who could not work it out. Did it myself in the end with a great deal of difficulty. Took 3 days and a lot of swearing,. Broken nails and fed up with whole thing. Eventually up. Last year in Wales, end of year we had gales. Found greenhouse in bits and had to phone guardman to ask about repclacements. They did send some replacements out which I did the repairs. High winds about 2 weeks ago. Same problem and now I have to wait for... (read more)
Written on: 08/02/2011 by Steaming Richard (1 review written)
Please can any one advise me if they have successfully claimed a refund on this product as in my opinion it is not 'fit for purpose'and a refund should be granted under sale of goods act legislation.
I have recently erected a Gardman 8X6 green house and only completed it 2 weeks ago.Polycarbonate sheets blew out yesterday and then the whole thing has gone over in a twisted mess. I did this on behalf of a junior school for their growers club. Now along with the scrap metal,... (read more)
Written on: 05/02/2011
Bought our Gardman 8 x 6 greenhouse last summer and found it simple to erect although it is necessary to have 2 people. It has had its first experience of 60 mph gales this weekend and has stood the test thanks to us increasing the number of clips to each panel - 5 in each side of the long side and roof panels. Well worth purchasing two extra packets of clips for the added peace of mind. (read more)
Written on: 05/02/2011 by Paulwacca (1 review written)
Purchased this greenhouse last year. Noghtmare to put up and the first winds it completely blew away. All the panels in gardens throughout the area and the frame just bent in half. I have pictures of the disaster. Dont buy it, its completely false economy. (read more)
Written on: 21/12/2010 by Easy Decisions (1 review written)
I bought an 8x6 Gardman Greenhouse from www.ukgreenhousesales.co.uk as a present for a friend. It arrived next day and we erected it within 4 hours using the instructions that we'd printed off from http://www.webretailuk.co.uk/Greenhouses/Gardman_Greenhouses/8x6_Gardman_Greenhouse.htm.
Really easy, great service and a great product. 12 months later and it's as good as new and producing lovely veg. Very happy indeed ! (read more)
Written on: 19/11/2010
Instructions are a bit poor but anyone with half a braincell should be able to work it out. I'd be suprised if there was ny steel at all in the cheap chinese nuts and bolts and I bought dome better quality ones for assembling it. On the whole not too bad and should hold up OK if assembled correctly. Not one for assembly by muppets. You get what you pay for. (read more)
Written on: 17/11/2010
Make sure you have a good base, instructions are easy to follow so dont know why people struggle. (ALL greenhouses will be built in a simmiler way)
I built the rear section first, laid it all out then lose bolted then once happy tighten. know knowing how it goes I then did the front which is same as rear just with a door! side section last. I then fixed the 4 sectons together and fixed the roof on.
I`ve never built a greenhouse but i managed to build the frame in just 2.5hrs on... (read more)
Written on: 14/11/2010
do not buy. It was difficult to put up. Nearly split up with my partner over it... but once in place, it did look good and we had a great harvest of tomatoes this year. however, it was never water tight. the panels did not fit, the panel in the window was the first to break in light wind. after the stronger winds on the 11th of November, the entire thing fell apart. it is now a piece of twisted metal. I am gutted because it did cost a lot of money for what it is!
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Written on: 12/11/2010 by Frederick Smith 17 (1 review written)
At first thought the Gardman 8x6 PC greenhouse a good buy, after two weeks think it a poor buy. Instructions very poor ,my son and I are both technically minded and DIY able but struggled to complete in two days. but it looked nice
Today I spent some hours recovering PC panels from various gardens despite the greenhouse being in a very sheltered position. I dread the thought of a REAL gale arriving.
I am now researching methods of making it a usable unit. I suspect it will involve... (read more)
Written on: 12/11/2010 by oliverj479 (1 review written)
Simular to other comments on Polycarbonate Glazing, I have used extra clips and sealant and it still does not stop the polycarbonate blowing away. I have informed Gardman that it is a Health & Safety issue especially when I have to pick up the ploycarbonate from the road and other peoples gardens. Fortunately to date there have been no injuries or damage to property but I am not willing to take any further risks. I have emailed today to ask the cost of replacement Safety Glass - it has... (read more)
Written on: 06/10/2010
My thoughts they ask.. I think ALL the time about where this glasshouse is going to end up! all over the street or if left in pieces over my yard [probably on the bomb fire].I have just lost a panel that was siloconed in due to wind, dont get me wrong; silocon will hold it alright but it wont stop them from splitting further towards the center. many clips will only put stress on panels causing them to split and fly away as they have done before i used adhesives. Sherd bolts alright and... (read more)
Written on: 03/10/2010
Frame reasonably easy to put up but fitting the polycar panes was a nightmare due to the poor quality glazing system. When completed it let in lots of water through gaps in the four corners of the base frame and surplus holes in the front section of the base frame. Vague building instructions. Would not recommend. (read more)
Written on: 29/09/2010
Not as bad an experience as i expected after reading some of the reviews. I bought the Gardman 8x6 polymawotsit from Greenhousewarehouse.com, it came when they said it would, all the parts were there, and the instructions were clear enough (not the usual foreign english you get sometimes). We set about putting it together at 10am on a Sunday morning and at 12noon the greenhose frame was up. We were left with just the mounting on the base & glazing to do, this took the rest of sunday after an... (read more)
Written on: 19/06/2010 by ianmcp (1 review written)
Gardman 8 x 6 Polycarbonate Glasshouse
The worst problem was the non supply of all the glazing profile joiners and end caps, and the stainless steel glazing clips. Only the W spring clips were supplied.
Relatively sturdy but not well designed, eg bottoms of side and roof panels should sit snuggly in channels but do not and need to be held by clips to stop them sliding down.
Instructions are a total joke and not easy to follow: 2 examples
a. no.13 ....the profile 28 must be... (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2010
Bought the Gardman 8' x 6' greenhouse before reading these reviews! Think I would have looked at something more sturdy and with much better instructions. Needed more pics of setting the house up.. I put a couple of parts on 'a**e about face' and had to take them off and put on the correct way - only sheared one bolt though - good eh?
Why didn't we get given any advice on how to fit the W-effing clips?! Found this site before getting that far so after having a hard time getting just 2 clips... (read more)
Written on: 07/06/2010
I had difficulty with the instructions. But got over it by photographing the sections at the local garden centre. Unless you're heavy handed you should have had no problems stripping the bolts. After erecting on paving slabs and after bolting the walls to the base frame, I made sure it would not move by using three metal fencing post ground bases knocked deeply into the ground and bolting through. The only other addition after completing the job, I bolted two wire braces from the inside... (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2010
first off, if you sheared off more than two bolts your an idiot. i sheared off ONE.
the instructions can be confusing, but that is only if you didnt lay the pieces out properly.
i was missing one panel clip, for the glasing, but i have enough of the twist clips to compensate.
i will admit, i bought this on sale, for 900 dollars, so for retail value, i cannot say it is worth that price.
its very sturdy, and i did this in less than three days by myself. the only thing i needed was help... (read more)
Written on: 22/04/2010
my life! 3 days later I'm still trying to finish building it. yes I'm being 'helped' by my 3 year old but the instructions are next to useless.They could have put in some photos of the construction to show the panels in various stages.
still waiting for a part that was missing, sheared about 15 bolts off. about to attempt the glazing.
If I had seen these reviews I never would have bought it. (read more)
Written on: 19/03/2010
THIS GREENHOUSE SHOULD CARRY A HEALTH WARNING - BUYER BEWARE. The instructions are not worth the paper they are printed on. Why in this day and age can they not give you good instructions. I got more from looking at the picture on the box, the nuts and bolts are of a very poor quality. I can`t see the greenhouse lasting long, god help me if we have strong winds, i just know the thing is going to end up all over the neighbourhood. I would not recommend this greenhouse,unless you wanted a... (read more)
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