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The benefits of going to a bigger structure

What are some of the benefits of going with a bigger structure over a smaller structure?

Budget often dictates that someone needs to start small, especially when a person is just starting out as a grower with a greenhouse.
There is also the perceived notion that staying smaller means less heating cost. In itself, that is true, since heat loss is in direct proportion to surface area exposed to the outside.

As I have mentioned before, it is very important to weigh expense
against return.

A smaller air volume has less natural circulation.
Proper air circulation for plants is critical regardless of the season.
Think of a deep pond versus a shallow pond. The deep pond never has algae on the surface because of the increased movement.

Going with a taller greenhouse will automatically increase the circulation the same way.

Another point to consider with a taller greenhouse, is that there is more open space above the plants.

This open space is where moisture can go, away from the plants even before the greenhouse ventilation system does its job.

With a lower greenhouse, moisture is always in close proximity to the plants. In a taller structure, the plants will be dry much sooner.

Moist plants in a stagnant air mass are prone to disease. These plants will, as a result, produce less.

As always, be aware of the bigger picture.

Steel Volatility FAQ

Most of you are aware of all the rhetoric coming from south of the border regarding duties and tariffs which are threatened to be imposed on Canadian steel going south.

This obviously would have a significant impact for anyone from Canada who is exporting.

MSS is proud of the fact that our product is almost 100% Canadian manufactured. As such you may think that we would not be impacted by all this in a significant way.

That is not the case and the purpose of this post is to make you aware of the volatility presently in steel and aluminum.

The purpose of tariffs is to reduce incoming products and minimize competition (it is called “leveling the playing field”) so that steel mills will be running at higher levels of productivity.

Since many steel mills are not as efficient as they could or should be, it is easier to simply take advantage of the opportunity and raise prices.

Unfortunately Canadian manufacturers are playing the game and rather than reducing prices on product that cannot go elsewhere, prices are being increased.

We, at Multi Shelter Solutions, are extremely grateful for the fabulous year our customers have given us in 2017.

This has given us the means to be more proactive on securing larger amounts of steel and further out as a way of minimizing the impact of price changes on our customers.

Thank you to those who are planning further ahead but please be aware of the current state of things. We are a small fish in a big pond but we are working hard to be deserving of your loyalty and look forward to working with you on your 2018 projects!

Winter Storms and Maintenance 

With the upcoming storms in both Ontario and the east coast forecasted, we wanted to remind everyone: it’s okay, and even preferred that the buildings have some snow around them.

This prevents the wind from getting under them and it also means that the height above the ground is less. This significantly decreases the aerodynamic lift.

As we’ve stated in our winter care articles and in the installation guide, there are things you can do to prepare your building to withstand the storms as best as possible. Taking extra steps during the ‘worst case scenario’ situations can often make all the difference and help your building stay standing.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about any of these situations. Good luck and stay warm!

Featured Product: Igloo Round Structures

We have a unique structure that we have started offering more often. It is a round dome structure, with our standard hoops around a circular ridge piece. We have taken to calling this our “Canadian Igloo” Structure. Plastic is put on in separate pieces so it’s not for the new greenhouse assembler. We have them being used for everything from seminar areas to storage, whatever you would like a unique application for!

Please see our Igloo Round Application Page for more info, and call for your custom quote and with any additional questions you may have.