Should You Use Polycarbonate Or Glass To Build Your Greenhouse?


Greenhouses can be built in hundreds and thousands of styles, sizes, shapes, and materials. But, whether simple and traditional, or fancy and contemporary, the main aim of a greenhouse is to protect the plants within from the harsh environment around, while providing them with the goodness of Nature to grow. And for this, the material to be used should have the properties of both durability and transparency. So, which are the materials that can be used?

Glass has been the traditional material used for greenhouses since ages. But eventually, other materials have come up in recent years to replace glass; one of the most popularly used today being polycarbonate. This is because polycarbonate roofing sheets are equally transparent, but are more durable and have many other benefits when compared to traditional glass. Let us look at the differences between the two materials in detail.


As mentioned above, both glass and polycarbonate are transparent and let in maximum natural sunlight to come in through the panes. Although glass provides a little higher clarity than polycarbonate, but an added benefit of the latter is that it comes with a special UV protection layer that prevents the harmful UV radiations of the sun to enter the structure. This means the plants within get maximum sunlight and zero UV rays.


Polycarbonate weighs less than half the weight of glass! This clearly means that it is very easy to carry and transport, and is also very easy to install without the help of any additional labour or machinery. This means that polycarbonate is comparatively more manageable than glass.


We all know that glass is brittle and can crack or break with the force of any impact. This is one drawback that polycarbonate has taken advantage of. Polycarbonate, in spite of being comparatively very light in weight, is approximately 200-250 times stronger than glass! Any kind of hail, rain, snow, stone, wind, or storm cannot damage polycarbonate as it remains sturdy and unbreakable. This is the reason why polycarbonate is used in bulletproof equipment and police shields.


It is a known fact that glass cannot be bent to form different shapes, which is why glass greenhouses are limited in designs. But, polycarbonate is very flexible and can be easily bent to form curved roofs and other designer structures. This is an added benefit for those who would love to have greenhouses with a design perspective.


Polycarbonate is much cheaper than glass, not only in price, but also in other aspects like labour costs, transportation costs, and installation costs, as it requires no additional equipment, tools, or labour to deal with it. Moreover, its amazing quality makes it a very cost-effective material.

One of the most important considerations while deciding upon a greenhouse material is the insulation that it can provide. Polycarbonate has an amazing quality of thermal insulation, which has the owner paying a lot less money on electricity, without the need of any traditional cooling unit installed that consumes lots of power.

With all the above information, you can clearly decide as to which is a better option for a greenhouse – polycarbonate or glass. If you decide to opt for polycarbonate roofing sheets, you can approach Tuflite Polymers to provide you with the best quality sheets for your application.