Is It Cheaper to Build or Buy a Greenhouse?

May 4, 2022

Now that you have decided to own a greenhouse but you are confused on whether to build or to buy one. Is it really cheaper to build or buy a greenhouse? This is the question you need to ask yourself.

This post explains the factors you need to consider before deciding to build or buy a greenhouse.

Is It Cheaper to Build or Buy a Greenhouse

Advantages of Building a Greenhouse

The following are the advantages of building a greenhouse:

Cost of Greenhouse

It may be cheaper to build a greenhouse farming kit if locally available materials like planks, PVC pipes and polythene covers are used. Some polytunnels or greenhouses are built with PVC pipes. These greenhouses are usually cheaper that the galvanized pipes built types sold in stores.

Locally available planks can also be used to build a greenhouse. You can assemble the planks with nails and build a greenhouse yourself. People who love DIY can use some hand tools to build a wooden greenhouse themselves. This is also cheaper than the store sold greenhouses.


By building your greenhouse yourself, you can be flexible with the design. You can choose any design you want and construct your greenhouse to fit the design. This is what is not possible if you go to a shop to buy a greenhouse.

For example, in Nigeria, most greenhouse sellers sell only the round top shaped greenhouse. If you decide to build yourself, you can design and build to your satisfaction.


You may be able to get cheap materials if you decide to build your greenhouse yourself. It may be cheaper at the end of the day if you use materials available to you to build your own greenhouse. Getting your materials may be the cheapest way to build a greenhouse.

Disadvantages of Building a Greenhouse

The disadvantages of building a greenhouse are:

Lack of needed materials

There may be non-availability of the materials needed to build a greenhouse. A typical greenhouse needs a lot of materials.


Greenhouses built by people themselves may not be durable as most times, DIY greenhouses are not well built and may not last long.

Advantages of Buying a Greenhouse

The following are the advantages of buying a greenhouse:


Most if not all greenhouse sellers give warranties when they sell greenhouses to people. In Nigeria, it is not uncommon to see greenhouse dealers giving warranties of 1 – 3 years. This is what you will not get if you build your greenhouse yourself.


You can go to a shop and buy a greenhouse within minutes. In the case of building a greenhouse yourself, you need a lot of time to assemble the materials and start the actual construction of the greenhouse. This can cause a lot of delay.


Greenhouses sold in stores are usually designed and built by experts. They are likely to be more durable than greenhouses built by DIY people.

Disadvantages of Buying a Greenhouse

The following are the disadvantages of buying a greenhouse:


Greenhouses sold in stores or shops are usually more expensive than those self built.

It may be cheaper to build your greenhouse yourself but it is advisable that you buy a greenhouse from a known vendor as greenhouses bought in stores usually are more durable and last longer.

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