The Benefits of Using Acrylic Sheets for a Greenhouse
Whether in a commercial or residential environment, greenhouses play an important role in creating optimal conditions for plant growth.
Those with experience in this area will understand the benefits of using acrylic sheets for a greenhouse. If you have limited experience, we wish to educate you on the benefits of using acrylic in the construction of your grow room.
With fantastic levels of durability and versatility, as well as unmatched light transmission, clear acrylic greenhouse panels are fast becoming the go to choice for professionals and enthusiasts alike.
Today, we at Sheet Plastics want to explore the many benefits of using clear acrylic as a construction material. Specifically, we want to outline why it is so useful in the construction of greenhouses and grow rooms. Continue below for more information.
Whether you are a commercial grower or hobbyist, operating a successful greenhouse is no small feat. It takes time, patience and high levels of consciousness.
Whilst it is indeed a challenge to create the optimal conditions for plant growth, the results can be highly rewarding. Moreover, it is a sustainable and cost effective way to feed your family.
Because of the challenge of creating the right conditions, it is important that you have the right tools and materials to facilitate growth.
This typically starts with the greenhouse itself. From here, you can think about what you are going to grow, how you are going to do it and what products you may need.
If you don’t have a well constructed greenhouse or grow room however, it is highly challenging to successfully nurture and grow plants or crops. This is especially true in the UK, where conditions are sometimes far from ideal. Utilising a greenhouse is your first line of defence against insects and the elements. What’s more, it helps to regulate temperature and humidity levels. Combined, it creates the perfect environment for sustained growth.
So, what does the perfect greenhouse look like? Moreover, how would you begin to construct one? We delve a little deeper into the specifics below.
Why Use Acrylic Sheets for a Greenhouse?
As previously mentioned, a number of professionals and hobbyists are now opting to make use of acrylic in the construction of grow rooms. As a leading supplier of acrylic sheets, we have first hand experience with this. We have supported a number of clients who are trying to construct the optimal plant growing space, both in the commercial and residential sectors.
We appreciate that you may be wondering why acrylic is becoming the preferred choice. This is for a number of reasons, which are as follows:
Excellent Light Transmission
Sunlight is an irrefutable element of plant or crop growth. It is the key to success, and without it you can not facilitate growth. It is that simple.
Because of the importance of sunlight, it is important that the material which your greenhouse is made from has excellent levels of light transmission. This is especially true in the UK, as our exposure to sunlight is limited compared to other European countries.
Glass is another popular material for the construction of greenhouses. However, clear acrylic has superior levels of light transmission. Whilst glass allows around 80-90% of light to travel through it, acrylic allows more than 95%. Thus, your plants can enjoy uninterrupted natural light.
Although materials like glass are strong, they are prone to shattering if impacted. The great thing about acrylic is, it offers similar levels of strength and durability whilst also being shatter resistant.
You do not need to worry about cracking or shattering with acrylic, in the unfortunate case that something comes in contact with the greenhouse.
Broadly, it is a strong and durable material that is safer than, say, glass. Plus, in heavy rain, snow or hail it will still stand strong and protect your valuable crops.
We have compared to glass a few times, but this is often the closest comparison that can be made to clear acrylic.
One of the main issues with glass is that, in volume, it is incredibly heavy. This makes using it as a construction material quite challenging.
Acrylic, whilst still being durable and tough, is lightweight. Thus, it is incredibly easy to manoeuvre and work with. If you are planning on creating your own greenhouse and you are a hobbyist working alone, this is invaluable.
Fantastic UV Resistance
Whilst offering great levels of light transmission, acrylic also boasts phenomenal UV resistance. This means that whilst exposed to the elements and natural light, the material will experience very low levels of degradation.
Therefore, you can be confident that the colour and quality of your greenhouse will remain for years to come. Whilst aesthetics are not hugely important in the plant/ crop growing industry, it is still important for many people that their garden or growing area looks presentable.
Acrylic Greenhouse Panels at Sheet Plastics
If you are a hobbyist or work in the commercial agricultural industry, and require acrylic sheets for a greenhouse, we encourage you to contact us.
As you are aware, acrylic sheeting offers fantastic benefits for those looking to create the optimal plant growing environment. We offer fantastic pricing on premium acrylic sheets, which can be cut and delivered to your exact specifications.
Speak to a member of the team today for pricing or more information.