A professional greenhouse for plant production must be adapted to investor needs in all its aspects. The way it was designed affects not only the success of the culture but also the whole company. Design is of great importance when managing a plantation and at a later stage when the owner is considering an extension of the structure.
Professional greenhouse for the production of plants under the shelter
Each culture has its own requirements. Although the growth processes are the same, the cultivation methods may differ. While producers sometimes have to adapt to standard greenhouses, professional tunnels made to order are designed to meet any agricultural demand. We will indicate below the criteria to take into account when you are ready to invest.
Location of agricultural tunnels
The constructions in tubes and profiles are carried out according to the client’s directives. Different locations will require different settings. In windy areas, a reliable anchor system will be required. In a place with recurrent snowfall, the construction should include a reduced spacing between the hoops, where thunderstorms are frequent; the trellis will prove useful, as additional reinforcements. In areas with constant high temperatures, lateral ventilation, and sometimes even ridge ventilation will be essential. Krostrade customer service will develop a solution that will be optimally approved by the investor. We will search for you the optimum solution for your specific climate based on ASHRAE. Sometimes, in the dry and hot areas the evaporative cooling would be essential for your greenhouse. It will bring some additional moisture and cooling under the cover. The design will be reviewed by the professional engineer if it’s required and specified by the client.
Plastic cover for a greenhouse
The choice of tarp/membrane depends on the plant species and the seasonal or perennial nature of the crop. There are many options available in the market, depending on the plants, the season, and the method of fixation. They differ in resistance and the resulting price. The thermal insulation properties of the membrane will be an essential element, in addition to durability. Many producers opt for polycarbonate, which is more durable than plastic sheeting. When choosing this type of solution, you should anticipate the significant costs associated with this purchase, as well as subsequent maintenance tasks. You also need to consider the requirement for UV transparency for your membrane as it’s crucial for the most of the species.
You need to note the following; the polycarbonate film is looking beautiful; however, it has several disadvantages:
- It’s way more expensive, almost not justifiable under any reasonable budget (approx. 250 times higher).
- Sun radiation goes through up to 85%, whereas the regular PVC allows up to 95%.
- Once the polycarbonate greenhouse is built, it becomes a not moveable structure.
- No one in Spain, France, Italy, and Israel is using a polycarbonate greenhouse for professional applications.
Budget for a culture structure
The amount that producers are willing to spend on a professional tunnel for plant production remains the deciding factor. Some costs cannot be avoided. Finding the cheapest option can lead to poor quality construction. When ordering, it should be checked whether the structure is modular. For the buyer, this means the possibility of expanding the structure at any time by adding additional segments. The optimal structure will quickly provide a return on investment and begin to generate profits over time.