If you are considering running a sustainable homestead, then one of your main building projects is going to be a greenhouse. Greenhouses are helpful for your crops year-round, but in particular, they are beneficial in colder climates where the growing seasons may be shorter. If you are planning on a greenhouse build, then the first thing to consider is the roofing. One popular option is to go with polycarbonate roofing. Here are some of the reasons why.
One of the leading reasons to use polycarbonate roofing for greenhouses is due to the insulation benefits. Insulation is vital to greenhouse production. In most cases, you are trying to maintain a certain set of temperature and environmental standards for the plants housed in the greenhouse. If you have poor insulation, then your temperature could fluctuate drastically. Also, you need to maintain a level of humidity for some plants. If the insulation is not ideal, then your humidity levels could suffer or cold air could come in killing the plants. Polycarbonate offers the ability to insulate the greenhouse in the roofing and side panels to help reduce insulation-related errors and issues.
A concern for most greenhouse owners is damage to the roof or the side panels. If there are heavy winds, rain, hail or falling debris, they could knock into glass-based greenhouses. This means that the glass will break and cause damage to the greenhouse contents. It will also mean that the air and other environmental issues can get into the greenhouse and cause damage. Polycarbonate roofing avoids this due to the roofing material being shatterproof.
Light and Heat Diffusion
Along with proper insulation, you also need to have proper heat and light diffusion into the greenhouse. All of the areas of the greenhouse need to receive the same amount of light and heat in order for the plants to grow properly. This is especially true during the early stages of the plant growth. Polycarbonate naturally regulates the light and heat diffusion and distribution, which help with maintaining the proper lighting environment for your plants.
These are just a few of the reasons to use polycarbonate roofing for your greenhouse build. If you think this type of roofing is ideal for your needs, contact your roofing contractor. They can place the order for the polycarbonate sheets, help provide options and handle the installation. If you have any questions about roofing style, colours or other options, your contractor can help you with the answers that allow you to choose the right polycarbonate roofing for your needs.