Article Discusses Greenhouse Materials Including Acrylic Sheeting

    (Provided by ABC Glass & Mirror, Inc. - Monday, April 21, 2014)

Modern greenhouses can be built from a variety of substances, including glass, polycarbonate, and acrylic sheeting. Murray Anderson discusses your choices in material for a greenhouse at Both the framing and the covering are addressed, giving you a solid overview of some of the most popular products. Anderson suggests three possibilities for a sturdy greenhouse frame –

  • Wood

  • Galvanized steel

  • Aluminum

For a wood frame, Anderson recommends painted or sealed pressure treated lumber. This will allow the frame to hold up to the natural elements and to the humidity within the greenhouse. Although it costs more, some choose aluminum over wood because of its relatively light weight and increased durability. For the sturdiest frame, steel is the way to go, but one must keep in mind that more specialized skills are needed in order to build a steel frame, and it is the priciest of the three. Anderson discusses diverse options in greenhouse coverings – glass, fiberglass, polycarbonate, acrylic sheeting, and sheets of thin plastic. He points out that glass is a classic choice that offers solid aesthetic appeal and ease of cleaning. On the flip side, however, it is heavy, more breakable than the others, and tends to be costly. He also gives some info on polycarbonate and acrylic sheeting options as greenhouse coverings. Some of their positive characteristics include –

  • They allow plenty of light to pass through.

  • They are good insulators.

  • Their insulating capabilities make it cheaper to maintain a warm greenhouse in the winter.

Besides addressing acrylic sheeting and other options for greenhouse materials, Anderson’s article also gives tips on selecting an energy source, mentioning electricity as a popular choice as well as propane, oil and natural gas as additional possibilities. Next, he provides a timely reminder about checking on building permit requirements and digging safely. Finally, Anderson wraps up the piece by mentioning the importance of having an entry way wide enough to admit your wheelbarrow! For more information regarding acrylic sheeting, please contact ABC Glass and Mirror, Inc. at 703-257-7150.  ABC Glass serves Northern Virginia and its surrounding areas and is your local glass expert.  Call today!!!


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