There exist very short growing seasons worldwide. With regard to this, most farmers have invested in greenhouses to enable cultivation of pesticide-free, organic produce all-year round.
It is, however, important to note that the material you select for your greenhouse components has a significant impact on its productivity.
There are various materials used for commercial greenhouse constructions. The siding material determines the quality and level of light exposure of your plants and your eventual crop yield.
Here are the common materials used for the construction of greenhouse siding.
This is arguably the most aesthetically appealing material though it is costly. Glass siding does not also diffuse light hence you will choose a different diffusion method for your greenhouse. A single-pane glass greenhouse is fragile but has better light transmission compared to a double-pane greenhouse.
A double-pane glass greenhouse is energy-efficient and sometimes has a coating on the inside for heat reflection and insulation.
This material is made of thick plastic and is more versatile and less costly compared to glass. Single, double, and triple wall polycarbonate sidings are the available options on the market.
The least expensive among the three is single-wall polycarbonate, but it has less light diffusion, strength and heat retention compared to double and triple wall polycarbonate.
The main issue with polycarbonate is condensation, which might lead to reduced light retention and plant diseases.
This material has better heat retention compared to glass with good insulation. Though not very transparent, it allows adequate light to pass through. Fiberglass greenhouses have an added UV gel protection to prolong their life, and this coating should be re-applied every few years.
It is, however, difficult to join the wobbly ends of fiberglass.
Regardless of your choice of material, a clean greenhouse is essential for a bountiful yield. Dirty sidings reduce the amount of light your plants get and might cause your seedlings to become straggly.
As a word of caution, always remember to follow your greenhouse designer’s instruction on the proper cleaning techniques for the material you choose for the greenhouse’s siding.