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Do-it-yourself greenhouse construction with polycarbonate panels

Updated April 17, 2017

Temperate climate gardeners can extend the growing season by months with the simple introduction of a greenhouse. Polycarbonate (PC) is a durable, easy-to-use material for greenhouse panelling, that can be incorporated into do-it-yourself kits or greenhouse plans.

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Glass Alternatives

PC panels are a break-proof alternative for glass. They are far stronger than glass, cut easily with power tools and are just as transparent as glass. These panels weigh less than two pounds per square foot. The only disadvantage of PC panels is they scratch more easily than glass.

Standardised Plans

Many do-it-yourself greenhouse plans call for polycarbonate panels. These are plans you can buy or print out from online sources. Some call for glass, but will accommodate polycarbonate panels in lieu of glass if the thicknesses match.

From Scratch

If you have engineering or construction experience, you can design your own PC panel greenhouse. Because it can be easily cut into many forms, PC panelling fits into shed-style, hoop, dome or lean-to greenhouses.

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About the Author

Stanley Goff began writing in 1995. He has published four books: "Hideous Dream," "Full Spectrum Disorder," "Sex & War" and "Energy War," as well as articles, commentary and monographs online. Goff has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of the State of New York.

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