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How to Choose a Commercial Greenhouse Kit

How to Choose a Commercial Greenhouse Kit

A commercial greenhouse can save costs as it can create a controlled environment to grow crops. And if you are planning to expand your operations or embarking a new journey into greenhouse farming, it is important that you select the right kit.

There are so many options

For greenhouse kits available but first you should consider your requirements such as the type of crops you plan to grow here, the size of your operations and budget limitations. There can also be unique environmental considerations. You need to understand your needs in order to select the most appropriate greenhouse kit. There are also different types, styles and configurations of greenhouses such as walk in greenhouse, gutter connected structures, freestanding greenhouses and hoop houses. You have to consider the pros and cons of these options and how this relates to your specific requirements such as diversity of crops, local weather and space limitations. The construction materials given in the kit should be considered. Some typical materials you will come across are galvanised steel, aluminium or wood. There are pros and cons to each. For example, you can enjoy ease of assembly and durability with aluminium frames. These are also resistant to corrosion.

If you are looking for additional strength and structural integrity,

A galvanised steel framework can be ideal especially when it comes to larger installations. A more traditional approach is seen in wooden frames and these can be a good fit for certain crops. Also, you can choose this if you have a certain aesthetic consideration in mind. There are many options to cover the greenhouse such as shade cloths and glazing. You have to consider the overall performance of the greenhouse, light transmission and insulation when choosing this. There are single or double layer panels made from polycarbonate, polyethylene film and glass. You can enjoy good light diffusion with polycarbonate panels and thermal insulation properties. Superior clarity is provided by glass but they can be quite expensive and more prone to breakage. A cost effective option for covering is polyethylene film and this is lightweight. You can use this for seasonal structures and temporary greenhouses.

You need to have sufficient ventilation

So that humidity, temperature and airflow can be properly regulated especially when it comes to farming in warmer months. Therefore, check whether the greenhouse kit comes to side vents, ridge vents, automated ventilation systems etc. so that optimal climate control is facilitated. You also need to consider options for supplemental cooling or heating so that consistent growing conditions can be maintained throughout the year. Check whether the greenhouse kit comes with customisable options for irrigation such as overhead sprinklers, drip irrigation and misting systems. You can also incorporate features to save water such as recycling or rainwater harvesting. You have to consider the structural strength of the greenhouse so that it can withstand local weather. You need to assess whether the design takes into consideration extremes of weather such as snow, wind and hail.