Types of Plastics Used in Greenhouse Construction

A Farmer Harvesting a Produce

Propelling your farming regardless of its size to the next level should be your primary goal this year. A greenhouse can help you achieve this goal, as it provides the ideal temperature and moisture controls for growing a variety of flowers, vegetables, and fruits.

It extends your growing season assuring you of a steady income. One of the critical considerations in commercial greenhouse constructions is the siding material. Plastic is the inexpensive and durable option. It also retains heat for an extended period and has better insulation compared to glass.

Here are the various types of plastic you can choose for your greenhouse.

Polyethylene Plastic

This kind of plastic is available in commercial and utility grades. The commercial class is ideal for big industrial applications while the utility is a perfect choice for private use. Most small-scale greenhouses opt for utility grade polyethylene plastic.

It will last for 1-2 years with proper maintenance, and any small tears can be fixed using poly repair kits.

Copolymer Plastic

This plastic is a grade better than polyethylene. It is incredibly durable and can last for at least three years without becoming brittle or breaking. The thawing and freezing prevalent in most areas will, however, take its toll on regular copolymer plastic after some years.

You can opt for high-grade copolymer plastics that are longer lasting compared to the standard ones and imitate glass-like effects.

Polyvinyl Plastic

This is more expensive compared to copolymer and polyvinyl plastics, but it also lasts longer than the two. Replacement of polyvinyl plastic is typically after five years with proper maintenance. Polyvinyl plastic is also renowned for its sheer strength.

Do not let the above names fool you into thinking these are ordinary plastics. Greenhouse plastics are more durable and able to withstand weather conditions. This is because unlike regular plastics, they are knitted and not merely formed into sheets.