Best Greenhouse Covering
Impact Resistance 200 Times Greater Than Glass
People claim the weather is unpredictable these days, especially in the Rocky Mountains.
I call shenanigans.
It is predictable – and that’s where polycarbonate as a greenhouse covering comes in.
You know the saying. The one credited to Samuel Clemens. And I know it’s not just Pagosa Springs that claims this humorous and sometimes frustrating trait.
“If you don’t like the weather… wait 5 minutes. It’ll change.”
It’s predictably unpredictable. You never know when your parade will get rained on. Or when a rainstorm will take a turn and threaten the integrity of your umbrella with hail disguised as golf balls.
Just when you think it’s time to start stringing up the hammock, and conversations move toward outside landscaping and garden beds…that’s when it happens. Predictably unpredictable.
For my birthday this year – in the middle of April – I had one typical male desire.
I wanted to spend at least six hours on the porch, with the grill, cooking meat. The steaks and burgers only take a few minutes cooking on each side…
…but the cooking time is irrelevant.
I wanted to spend my day on the porch, with the grill, cooking meat. Porch duty. Well, I was successful, sort of. I shoveled the snow off the porch first thing in the morning. Then, when I pulled the steaks off the heat, at 2pm, the snowstorm was in full swing.
Ten minutes later…golf balls rained down from the sky. The grill survived the onslaught, but it shows the battle scars.
If an April hail storm can dent my heavy duty grill, imagine the damage it can do to your garden. Maybe you don’t have to imagine, maybe you’ve experienced the frustration first hand.
A local CSA program shut down here a few years ago after they lost their entire crop to an early summer hail storm. I also remember when the Archuleta County Fair, held at the end of July/beginning of August, was bombarded by several inches of hail within a matter of minutes.
It comes fast, hard, seemingly out of nowhere, and can devastate a garden…and even leave your grill unsightly… diminishing your male social status in the neighborhood.
Nobody wants any of that.
If you live in an area of unpredictable weather patterns…
…and want a greenhouse covering that can withstand the beating of a hail storm…
…thankfully polycarbonate is strong.
I mean, it’s really strong stuff. It’s merits go beyond its strength, but when it comes to creating a strong protective greenhouse covering, polycarbonate is virtually unbreakable.
For example, read A&C Plastics product details on multiwall polycarbonate, “Multiwall co-extruded thermoglazing has a high impact resistance – 200 times greater than glass and 10 times greater than acrylic. A Multiwall 8mm panel is so strong it can withstand the impact of a 16 lb. weight, falling 25 feet onto the panel, with no breakage. It will maintain its impact strength over a wide temperature range from -40° F to 250° F.”
A 16 lb.weight falling 25 feet – no breakage.
I don’t know what the world record is for hail…
…ok, I just looked it up. I think we’ll be alright, at least polycarbonate protected gardens will be.
“The largest officially recognized hailstone on record to have been ‘captured’ in the U.S. was that which fell near Vivian, South Dakota last summer (2010) on July 23rd. It measured 8.0” in diameter, 18 ½” in circumference, and weighed in at 1.9375 pounds. Mr. Lee Scott, who collected, the monster stone originally planned to make daiquiris out of the hailstone but fortunately thought better and placed it in a freezer before turning it over to the National Weather Service for certification.” www.wunderground.com
The largest official hailstone ever collected – weighing in at 1.9375 pounds. Not even close to a 16 pound weight.
We all know the damage that even an average hail storm can bring.
Thankfully polycarbonate is strong, it will hold up to hail damage, and ultimately keep your garden safe and protected.
That’s why, in my humble opinion, the polycarbonate we use in our Growing Dome® Kits…
Is The Best Greenhouse Covering
For Unpredictable Weather
From John & Barbara Eychaner in Banner, Wyoming
“No damage to Growing Dome solar greenhouse after hailstorm. In mid-afternoon on May 26, 2013 we had quite a hail storm. I was not home but my husband was. Some of the hailstones were close to softball-baseball size which, of course, did lots of damage. We have had to have our house roof completely replaced, the three skylights on the house and the rain gutter. We have to say the rain gutter damaged on the house was plastic/fiber glass. There were large holes in that. We also have a good sized steel pole building with again the fiber glass along the peak for light purposes. There are several large holes in that. This will all be replaced. But, Praise the Lord! There was NO hail damage to our geodesic 22 foot Growing Dome greenhouse from Growing Spaces. We frankly were surprised. We highly recommend the Growing Spaces to anyone interested in a solar greenhouse.”