The layout and design of the hoop house can vary widely and is always site specific. The major enemy of hoop houses is construcwind. In some areas, a minimal structure is adequate for most applications, but where there are strong winds or unpredictable winds, varying degrees of reinforcement become necessary.

There are a variety of ways to reinforce and strengthen hoop house structures. Bracing and anchoring the outside hoop stations as well as reducing the distance between hoop stations have proven successful. Increasing the strength of the tubing, as well as anchoring the outside perimeter is also helpful. Where possible use of natural windbreaks in local geography or planted tree rows should be employed.

Although there is an unlimited potential for design variations, descriptions for basic, standard and premium duty reinforcement have been developed and are shown on the material comparisons page.