If you’re planning to build a commercial greenhouse, you’ll want to consider multi-wall polycarbonate in your design. Multi-wall polycarbonate is easy to cut, shape, and install, and it can provide your plants with the light and temperature they need to grow. Polycarbonate is also affordably priced and offers a variety of benefits, including:
Light transmission. Clear polycarbonate is known for its high light transmission and will evenly diffuse sunlight to create optimal growing conditions for greenhouse plants. A clear 8mm twin-wall polycarbonate panel can provide between 75 and 80 percent light transmission. Thinner panels can exceed 80 percent.
Heat retention. The internal structure of a multi-wall polycarbonate panel provides excellent heat retention, so you can get seedlings started in the warmth of your greenhouse ahead of the outdoor growing season. A typical U-value for clear 8mm twin-wall polycarbonate is about .58. This number represents the amount of heat being transmitted through the material. The lower the number, the better the insulating property. A 10 mm twin-wall sheet has a U-value of about .52.
Lightweight panels. Polycarbonate material is lightweight, which makes the panels easy to stack, store, handle, and place. An 8mm twin-wall panel weighs about .35 pounds per square foot.
Durability. At 250 times the strength of glass, polycarbonate is tough enough to stand up to your construction activities and once in place, will provide a long life of reliable, durable performance. Polycarbonate will weather season after season of rain, wind, snow, hail, and impact from falling debris without chipping or breaking.
Easy to mount. Polycarbonate panels can be used on gable- and arch-style greenhouse designs and can be attached directly to your metal or wood frame using common construction tools. The ease of mounting also saves construction time and gets your greenhouse up and running fast.
In addition to these benefits, multi-wall polycarbonate is available in a variety of structures, colors, and thicknesses to give you complete freedom to control both the function and aesthetic of your greenhouse design. To view all of our options, visit ugplast-inc.com.