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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.

Choosing A Cover

One of the things that sets MSS apart is with the cover choices we offer. Everyone wants to save money but they also want value for the dollars invested. The two main areas of covers we offer are the 12mil woven tarps and the 6mil plastic. (Other options available, call to confirm) Both of these choices are by no means the heaviest that are out there, but they do provide excellent life span for the investment.

When you consider the cost per year on our 12mil white tarps, which have an 8-10 year expected lifespan, they stack up very favourably to the 20-24mil covers that are available. The main reason 12mil is even an option for us to use is that our hoops or ribs are much closer together and therefore provide much more support to the cover.

Using 6mil plastic gives even more options. Going clear (greenhouse) allows the necessary light transmission for plant growth. Going white (livestock) allows light while still providing a shade factor. The option of a double layer with air between, provides even more benefits for heat loss and condensation reduction and added stiffness in extremely windy locations. The biggest attraction for the 6mil plastic is the life span you get for the investment.

Call to get your custom quote today. We would be happy to help you.

Getting Started….

We’ve added a new feature to our website that we hope will help some confusion when people ask, “but where do I start?” This new page gives a breakdown of steps to plan your structure, and helpful information links to short cut the website. We hope you find it helpful and we look forward to hearing from you!

Getting Started-Click Here!

We also have a steps for installing, that should be used in conjunction with our installation guide. If you haven’t seen it, be sure to click the links above to check it out!