A Dome That Withstands The Test of Time
“After 33 years of withstanding -14d to +30d weather, and every storm, my dome is still in use…”
If you have ever wondered how strong a geodesic dome is, and whether it withstands the test of time and extreme weathers, then here is your proof!
One of the longest members of our #solardomeclub, Mr Brown, Tyne & Wear has been enjoying his dome for over 30 years. Here is his story.
In 1987, Mr Brown purchased his SOLARDOME® 3 Deluxe after seeing a SOLARDOME® glasshouse at Rosedale Engineers, Yorkshire (the original company).
He fell in love with its elegant shape & spacious interior and wanted something that not only complimented a major house renovation he was undertaking, but also wanted a structure that would stand the test of time.
The SOLARDOME® 3 Deluxe is the nearest equivalent to our current SOLARDOME® Retreat although the older models used 3mm glass (all new models use 4mm toughened glass) and had a lower profile than the newer versions.
SOLARDOME® geodesic domes are incredibly strong and rigid due to the interlocking network of triangles, hexagons and pentagons across the spherical frame which allows even distribution of stress across the structure.
They are also constructed from an aluminium frame and toughened glass cladding, meaning they are very light but, at the same time, extremely robust, low maintenance and withstand the test of time of time in extreme weather conditions.
Mr Brown’s dome is a great demonstration of how durable and strong they really are. He says, “After 33 years of withstanding -14degC to +30degC weather, and every storm, my dome is still in use”.
His dome even survived giant hailstones in Tyne & Wear, which caused over £1k worth of damage to his caravan.
During its life, the dome has been used as an indoor garden with fishpond, a party venue for teenage children, a storage area and a workshop.
His dome is a perfect example of a season extender, allowing you to enjoy the space for yourself or with friends, all year round. Mr Brown comments, “friends can come over and have an evening BBQ and relax well into the night watching the bats flying overhead.”
Refurbishing the dome with 3 new glass panels (user error rather than damage) and replacing a few glazing strips has given it a new lease of life and will hopefully keep it looking good for another 33 years.
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