PURCHASING A POLYCARBONATE GREENHOUSE AUSTRALIA

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1. FIRSTLY DETERMINE WHETHER THE FRAME IS CONSTRUCTED OF A SUITABLE MATERIAL THAT WILL WITHSTAND CORROSION. A HIGH GRADE ALUMINIUM IS THE BEST MATERIAL TO LOOK FOR WHETHER  IT IS POWDERCOATED OR ANODISED ALUMINIUM. THIS WILL LAST AND WILL NOT CORRODE.

2. THE STRUCTURE ITSELF IS VERY IMPORTANT. THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT DESIGNS ON THE MARKET SO CHOOSE CAREFULLY. THE FIRST THING I WOULD RECOMMEND IS TO ASK THESE FEW SIMPLE QUESTIONS-

A. DOES IT HAVE  STRIP LOCK PANEL INSERTION SYSTEM FOR MAXIMUM WIND PROTECTION, A GROOVED CHANNEL FRAME FOR THE POLYCARBONATE SHEETS TO SLIDE INTO OR DOES IT JUST HAVE FLIMSY CLIPS WHICH CLIP THE POLYCARBONATE SHEETS TO THE FRAME? (THE STRIP LOCK SYSTEM IS BY FAR THE MOST SUPERIOR PANEL INSERTION SYSTEM FOLLOWED BY GROOVED CHANNELS THESE OPTIONS ARE  FAR BETTER THAN FLIMSY CLIPS. 

B. DOES THE GREENHOUSE HAVE FULL SIDE AND BACK WALL BRACING? WHEN IT COMES TO BRACING I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT YOU LOOK AT THE TYPE OF BRACING AND WHERE IT IS ON THE STRUCTURE. THE MOST IMPORTANT BRACING IS THE SIDE WALL BRACING. THIS IS CRUCIAL AS IT GIVES THE STRUCTURE MOST OF ITS RIGIDNESS. MAKE SURE THAT THE BRACING IS ALONG THE WHOLE WALL NOT JUST ON EACH END. THE SHAPE OF THE BRACING IS ALSO VERY IMPORTANT. SOME IS SIMPLY FLAT STEEL WHICH IS OBVIOUSLY FLIMSY. QUALITY GREENHOUSES WILL HAVE 90 DEGREE ANGLED ALUMINIUM BRACING WHICH IS UP TO 85 PERCENT STRONGER.

C. WHAT IS THE DESIGN OF THE BASE? THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT BASE DESIGNS. THE BEST ONES ARE MADE  FROM GALVENISED STEEL CHANNEL. YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE EACH OF THE LENGHTS OF THE BASE ARE ONE SOLID PIECE. SOME CHEAPER INFERIOR MODELS WILL COME WITH THE LONGER SIDES CUT IN HALF FOR YOU TO JOIN WITH A PLATE AND BOLTS. SO IF YOUR GREENHOUSE IS 4 METERS LONG THEN YOUR BASE SHOULD BE 4 METERS LONG, NOT TWO LENGHTS 2 METERS LONG WHICH NEED JOINING IN THE MIDDLE. IM NOT SURE WHY THEY CUT THEM IN HALF MAYBE TO SAVE ON PACKAGING AND SHIPPING COSTS BUT THIS WILL WEAKEN THE WHOLE STRUCTURE AND CAN LEAD TO SAGGING AND BOWING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GREENHOUSE.

I HOPE THESE FEW SIMPLE TIPS WILL MAKE YOUR SELECTION EASIER WHEN IT COMES TIME TO PURCHASE A POLYCARBONATE HOBBY GREENHOUSE. I HAVE OWNED MANY DIFFERENT MODELS AND FOUND THAT ONLY A SELECT FEW ARE OF QUALITY CHECK OUT OUR STORE FOR THE COMPLETE SIZE AND COLOR RANGE OF HIGH QUALITY POLYCARBONATE HOBBY GREENHOUSE KITS AND ACCESSORIES INCLUDING AUTOMATIC VENT OPENERS, SHELVING, STAGING KITS AND WATER TANKS.
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