In recent years, plastic greenhouses have increased in popularity and even look as though they will take over from the more traditional glass greenhouses we’re used to. But there are many reasons for this increase in people choosing polycarbonate for their greenhouses – Simply Plastics have put together some of the benefits of choosing a plastic greenhouse.
One of the most important benefits of using plastic over glass is that it has excellent insulating properties and actually retains heat much better than glass. This means that less heat is lost through polycarbonate than your standard glass greenhouse, which is better for your plants and creates a perfect environment for them to thrive.
The properties of polycarbonate make it a long-lasting material that will stand the test of time. Polycarbonate is impact-resistant and won’t break or shatter if it gets knocked, unlike fragile glass which can break and become hazardous quickly. This makes it an ideal material for use in public gardens or in homes where children and pets play near the greenhouse.
Better Light Diffusion and Protection from UV Rays
Plastic is thicker than glass so it diffuses light more effectively than glass can, ensuring that the light spreads evenly throughout the greenhouse. This benefits the plants, helping everything in the greenhouse to grow as they will all see an equal amount of sunlight. What’s more, polycarbonate filters out UV light, so the plants are protected from continuous exposure to harmful radiation.
Longer Growing Seasons
If you’re planning on growing your plants and vegetables year-round, polycarbonate is the material to choose. Because of the significant impact plastic can have on the growth of your plants, you’ll benefit from an extended growing season so you can make the most of the time and money you invest. A naturally extended growing season means less money spent on electricity for artificial heating and a saving on your time.
Greater Flexibility in Terms of Shapes and Sizes
Another benefit of a polycarbonate greenhouse is the multitude of shapes and sizes they come in – you can even buy modular designs, which gives you greater flexibility and ensures you can create a greenhouse that perfectly meets your requirements. So, whatever size or shape your garden is, you can still install a greenhouse.
Glass is a complex component when it comes to building a greenhouse as replacing the panes is tricky and awkward – plastic, on the other hand, is lightweight, can be cut to size easily and is much easier to fit and handle. If you’re looking for a quick and simple installation process that takes just a day to put together, polycarbonate is the ideal material that requires much less time and effort compared to glass.
Cheaper to Purchase
Previously, polycarbonate was a highly expensive material and went against the grain in terms of a more traditional style. But times have changed and now, plastic is affordable and prices start much lower than you’d first think. This is down to the advancements in technology and the refinement of the processes through which plastic is made, making it cost-effective for consumers.
We’re very proud to bring you this feature in association with Simply Plastics. For more inspiration for your home, please pay a visit to our interiors page.