Greenhouses allow you to maintain a garden year-round, but there are many different types from which to choose. Some can be built from scratch using custom glass while others are constructed from polycarbonate. Both offer unique advantages and disadvantages, described in the guide below.
What Is a Polycarbonate Greenhouse?
Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic polymer that is transparent and durable. Greenhouses made of it typically provide more heat than glass versions and produce diffused light that helps plants grow faster.
Even though they are durable, polycarbonate greenhouses are not impenetrable, and they do require a special UV coating to prevent discoloration and damage. While inexpensive models are available, a long-lasting polycarbonate greenhouse can be more expensive than a glass one. The average life span of this type of greenhouse is between 20 and 30 years.
What Is a Glass Greenhouse?
As its name implies, a glass greenhouse features tempered glass glazing, causing it to break into small pieces instead of larger, sharper pieces if damaged. This material allows direct light into the space—though your greenhouse can be made from single- layer-, double-, or triple-paned custom glass for different amounts of ventilation and insulation.
Glass greenhouses are usually very durable and can last up to 50 years or more. However, they are vulnerable to being damaged by loose rocks and hail. They are also heavier than polycarbonate greenhouses, which can present some challenges for installation.
Gardeners in Rockland, Northern Bergen, Orange, or Westchester counties or in the NYC-area of New York should turn to Monsey Glass for the custom glass needed for their greenhouse project. For more than 50 years, these specialists have helped customers install door and window products and have offered greenhouse repairs. Request a free estimate online today or call (845) 352-2200 to learn more about their services. Review this local business on Facebook.