Polycarbonate Cold Frames Or Greenhouses?


Greenhouses and cold frames are found growing crops in a variety of climates, protecting them from extreme heat and cold. So, if you are planning to grow some crops in your backyard, you may be thinking which option you should decide on – a greenhouse or cold frame. Both these options come with their own pros and cons. This blog will help you learn all about them, which will in turn help you decide better.

Polycarbonate Cold Frames

Cold frames are transparent enclosures that can protect plants from adverse weather conditions, while providing them with adequate sunlight. These structures are miniature greenhouses and are especially useful in situations where there is lack of space for an entire greenhouse. These can also be moved around to different places around your home to provide plants with more shade or more sun, as required. Cold frames can help harden off tender plants in spring or summer; and can protect cuttings and younger plants in winter and frosts. They can also protect plants from rain and rotting. In fact, you can also install a layer of plastic inside the frame for added protection against frost. However, the plastic will reduce light and ventilation.

Polycarbonate Greenhouses

With all the benefits cold frames provide, you might think that it is the best option. But, when you hear about the benefits of greenhouses, you may have to change your mind. Greenhouses provide a much better growing environment for the plants within as the conditions within the greenhouses are much easier to manage. Moreover, there is more air inside that helps to lower fluctuations in humidity and temperature. With greenhouses, you will be able to grow fresh fruits and vegetable all the year round and have fresh cut flowers any time of the year, while keeping them safe. In fact, greenhouses allow you to grow even those plants that you may not be able to grow in your garden.

To add to these benefits, polycarbonate greenhouse panels help in protecting the plants from UV radiations of the sun, while letting in maximum sunlight, because they come with a special UV protection layer on one side of the sheet. Polycarbonate is also light in weight and 200 times stronger than glass, thus being able to withstand strong impacts of rain, snow, hail and stones. Also, polycarbonates provide a much more stable growing environment than other materials. Therefore, growing crops in polycarbonate greenhouses is the best assurance of a fruitful harvest, even in uncertain times. The only disadvantages of opting for greenhouses are that they take up space in your yard and require constant care and maintenance.

So, whether you want to build a new greenhouse, or replace your existing greenhouse roofing and walls, you would be more likely to opt for Tuflite Polymers polycarbonate greenhouse panels, as they are less expensive and longer lasting, while also enhancing protection of plants. They are made of 100% raw materials, and are clear and ridged, free from small pitted bubbles and clouded appearance.