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Installing Before Winter

There always seems to be so much pressure and panic at this time to get a building before winter. The only thing that is important to get done sooner then later is the foundation work.

There will be lots of decent weather days between now and Christmas to get the job done.

If you think that it is too late to get it done and you will simply wait until next spring, please remember that you said the same thing last spring (or even a few months ago) and as usual the busyness of life got in the way.

Give us a call today to see how you can get that foundation taken care of before freeze up.

For those of you who want to get the structure up now and cover it in the spring, I urge you to cover the building sooner then later for a couple of reasons.

  1. First is that there will be lots of other things vying for your time in the spring
  2. Secondly, the more snow you have on that spot which has to melt, the more moisture you will have in the building.
    The more moisture you have in the building the more condensation issues you will have.

You want to give that ground the most time possible to dry up before you need to start using the building.

In my humble opinion, even though putting the cover on in late fall or early winter is more difficult and not pleasant, the benefits of having more time for the ground to dry, far outweigh the time spent to adjust the cover  in the spring

Cold Weather Poly Install

Many people in the fall are faced with the prospect of putting covers on in less than ideal weather. As long as the temperature is cold, everything stays quite taunt. As the temperature eventually starts to warm up, you will be faced with the inevitable wrinkles. You will need to tighten the cover to prevent premature wear due to flapping in the wind.

Tightening does not have to be done all at once. You can do half one day and half on another. It is important to remember that you are always pulling at 90 degrees to the wrinkles. Most of the tightening will need to be done lengthwise first.

If you have a loose cover and no time this week to tighten things, there is a temporary fix! Take a soft length of rope (do not use nylon!) and throw it over the building where the cover is particularly loose. Tie the rope off at the base as tight as you can.

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Installing Before Winter

There always seems to be so much pressure and panic at this time to get a building before winter. The only thing that is important to get done sooner then later is the foundation work. There will be lots of decent weather days between now and Christmas to get the job done.

If you think that it is too late to get it done and you will simply wait until next spring, please remember that you said the same thing last spring (or even a few months ago) and as usual the busyness of life got in the way. Give us a call today to see how you can get that foundation taken care of before freeze up.

For those of you who want to get the structure up now and cover it in the spring, I urge you to cover the building sooner then later for a couple of reasons. First is that there will be lots of other things vying for your time in the spring and secondly, the more snow you have on that spot which has to melt, the more moisture you will have in the building. The more moisture you have in the building the more condensation issues you will have. You want to give that ground the most time possible to dry up before you need to start using the building.

In my humble opinion, even though putting the cover on in late fall or early winter is more difficult and not pleasant, the benefits of having more time for the ground to dry, far outweigh the time spent to adjust the cover  in the spring

Greenhouses 101: what are you trying to accomplish? what are you dealing with?

There are many factors to consider when purchasing a greenhouse structure. More so today then ever before, it is critical to speak with an experienced professional who knows the various challenges or pitfalls to be aware of and will work together with you to find a solution strategy for your specific requirements. There simply is no margin for error in today’s economic times. We at Multi Shelters take pride in working with you to find the intersection points of what you would like to accomplish, the location, landscape and climate circumstances you are faced with, as well as price range to be considered. With over 40 years experience in the industry, there is not much we haven’t seen to be able to offer you the best tips and advice possible. Please also see our steps to consider page for further information. We are happy to answer any questions that come up.

Check out the presentation video and the rest of the series Norm spoke on Greenhouses 101 here. Stay tuned for the end of  January 2016 when he presents Greenhouses 202!

Greenhouses 101: Covering Options

We have previously covered the idea that while considering your structure choices you will have to weigh cost versus benefit or return. There is no area which this is more true then with cover choices. The wide range of cover choices include glass, polycarbonate, polyethylene and woven products. Within each of these products there is an equally great variety of choices. Along with each of these choices there is a huge variation in cost and function or performance.

At Multi Shelter Solutions we manufacture a wide range of shapes and sizes of predominantly plastic and tarp covered buildings. Because these buildings and shelters are narrower and have a reduced hoop spacing, we can use a lighter cover of the options available. The easiest way to get a comparative cost is to take the replacement cover cost divided by the years of expected life span to get an annual cover cost.

Our 6 mil plastic covers can be used as a single layer or double with air between for a 30% reduction in heat loss and to minimize condensation. These covers have a 4 year warranty against deterioration by the sun. Plastic is available in clear (greenhouses) and white (livestock shelters) and comes in various thicknesses. The average life span is 5 – 6 years for single layer and 6 – 8 years for double although 10 years is not uncommon.

Our 12mil white woven covers have a much greater tear resistance then plastic. This makes a good alternative when there will be some contact between product and cover. By providing shade, the white tarp is cooler in the summer. By still letting light in, it is warmer in the winter. Typical life span is 10 year. We offer a green tarp as well but due to the heat it absorbs, the life span is typically 3 years less then white.

You can see more info on these choices on our covering page or with the presentation video and the rest of the series Norm spoke on Greenhouses 101 here. Stay tuned for the end of  January 2016 when he presents Greenhouses 202! As always, we are happy to help you with any of your questions regarding planning or options as you are considering your structure purchase.

Greenhouses 101: Knowing the Basics Before you Buy

Knowing the basics when you are starting the process of purchasing a shelter includes having a firm handle on what you are trying to accomplish and what you are dealing with. This applies for both greenhouses or storage structures. By efficiently choosing from all of our structure choices in combination with your goals and the restrictions or challenges in the best possible way, you will be creating a structure package that is going to serve you well for years to come.

Structure choices include not only size and profile but many choices of coverings. Anchoring choices will be determined by soil conditions and the possibility of relocating the building. Ventilation requirements will impact which structure package you choose. Size, spacing and shape of the hoops will allow you to effectively deal with the weather in your location.

Your goals will need to be specifically spelled out and will likely be modified once the realities of some of the obstacles have been determined. Goals should always include both short and long term plans since some structures and layouts are easier to expand then others.

Restrictions or challenges are not just limited to wind, snow load and other climatic issues. Accessibility of water, power, roadways and market opportunities will impact where and what you can or should build. As each of these parts are researched and developed, they will be impacted by the reality of your budget. By knowing your options, you will be able to get best value for your investment

Check out the presentation video and the rest of the series Norm spoke on Greenhouses 101 here. Stay tuned for the end of  January 2016 when he presents Greenhouses 202!
Download our STEPS TO YOUR SHELTER CUSTOMIZATION for your Project for reminders of items to consider before you purchase.

Greenhouses 101: Greenhouse Choices

GREENHOUSES 101: How do you match the available options with your circumstances and requirements?

You might be wondering……What is a greenhouse? Why is it necessary? What are some of my choices and the consequences of my choices? Greenhouse choices are determined by purpose, size, shape, covering, orientation and location. How do you prioritize? 

Making a wish list of the things you are dealing with and the things you would like the greenhouse to do can be a good start. What can you change or not change? We can help you with how to make your wish list and then prioritizing the things that are most important or the things that really can’t be changed.

Check out the presentation video and the rest of the series Norm spoke on Greenhouses 101 here. Stay tuned for the end of  January 2016 when he presents Greenhouses 202! Download our STEPS TO YOUR SHELTER CUSTOMIZATION for your Project for reminders of items to consider before you purchase.