Acrylic Greenhouse Glazing
Acrylic greenhouse glazing like polycarbonate or plastic greenhouse covering is a synthetic material made from oil. While acrylic does have some advantages as laid out below, it is also fairly uncommon in hobby greenhouses. You should review all types of greenhouse glazing before making a choice.
Acrylic glazing is produced in rigid sheets, which is available in several thicknesses. Because the material is rigid it should be installed on flat surfaces only. Installation techniques are similar to those used with polycarbonate type panels.
Advantages of Acrylic Greenhouse Glazing
- Offers clarity and light transmission on par with glass glazing.
- Unlike glass, acrylic panels are lightweight and offer a greater resilience to impact.
- These panels offer a good resistance to damage caused by UV lighting.
- The material can easily be molded into different size and shape panels.
- Acrylic paneling in many cases is cheaper than polycarbonate greenhouse glazing.
- Like glass it can be layered to increase it’s properties for heat retention.
- Unlike glass which can require special tooling and skill to cut and change, acrylic glazing can be easy to cut and shaped with regular tooling.
- Like other plastic coverings, it can be treated to reduce condensation.
Disadvantages of Acrylic Greenhouse Glazing
- Less expensive grades of this material can yellow in the sun.
- It is not commonly used in hobby greenhouses, as it is flammable.
As with other types of greenhouse glazing one must weigh several considerations to determine if aryclic greenhouse glazing is right for you and your dream greenhouse.