Thursday, 20 September 2018
Natural light is important for every being on earth. May it be animals, trees, or humans, we all need adequate amount of light for our body to function effectively. Put your plants in a dark space for a few days, devoid of sunlight, and see how they droop, or even die. Similarly, put yourself into the dark for a few days and see how your body reacts to it. Thus, it clearly proves that we all need sunlight to live. But again, focus on the word “adequate” that we have mentioned above. Just as much as no sunlight can harm us, over exposure to sunlight can also cause harm. Over exposure of the plants to sun can cause leaves to burn, while overexposure of humans to the sun can cause skin burn, skin cancer, sunstroke, and many other problems. Thus, we need just enough amount of sunlight. And, while constructing transparent roofs or buildings, this is just what we need to remember.
Thursday, 23 August 2018
The most common types of roofs are flat roofs and sloped roofs. While sloped roofs don’t require much consideration, flat roofs do because they have a level surface, which is why all kinds of elements need to be considered like rainwater collection, damage from moisture, effect of direct sunlight, maintenance, etc. A sloped roof mostly lets off all kinds of dirt and water that falls over it, thus leaving very less room for worrying about maintenance and cleanliness. So, let us look at the possible materials that you can use while building a flat roof.
Thursday, 9 August 2018
A tough and stable clear plastic – polycarbonate – has outstanding levels of light transmission, incredibly high strength, extreme light weight, and exceptional impact resistance. It also provides incomparable long-term chemical and physical stability. This combination of qualities makes polycarbonate the ideal choice for both commercial and residential projects where plastic is required. In fact, it is also highly replacing glass in structures like greenhouses, conservatories, carports, swimming pool enclosures, etc. It has proven to be a great alternative to glass due to its weight being half the weight of glass, while the impact strength being 200 times that of glass! With these benefits, polycarbonate is gaining wide popularity, increasing the number of polycarbonate sheet manufacturers in India.
Thursday, 19 July 2018
ETFE is the new product on the market that is gaining attention. It is available in two forms – ETFE sheets and ETFE cushions. These cushions could be made up of two, three, or four separate layers of foil, with the spaces in between inflated with air. This provides strength along with insulation. These sheets are available as completely transparent structures, bringing in virtually all the sunlight. However, they can also be printed, or provided with white sections to reduce the amount of incoming light. Using various printing techniques, the light coming in within the roof can be controlled. Alternatively, individual layers can be printed differently with contrasting techniques and patterns, enabling the throughput of light to be regulated by altering the distance between the layers, with varying pressure in different air chambers.
Sunday, 1 July 2018
While we always see bricks, stones, metal, and tiles forming most of the roofing sector for all kinds of commercial and residential structures, there is also a requirement of transparent roofs. While structures like greenhouses and conservatories always require transparent roofs, there is a trend of building many other structures with transparent roofing materials too. These include stadiums, railway stations, airports, car ports, patios, awnings, and many more. The four most common materials used to construct such transparent roofs include glass, acrylic, polycarbonate, and ETFE foil.
Thursday, 14 June 2018
Hobby greenhouses or commercial greenhouses – both need to be built as a structure that lets in maximum sunlight to help the plants within get the nutrition they require, while also keeping them protected from the harsh environmental conditions around. Traditionally, from the earliest of times, glass has been the most popular material used to build greenhouses. However, as time have changed and evolved, so has the popularity of greenhouse material. Today, many greenhouses are being built with polycarbonate roofing sheets. So, what is it that makes polycarbonate so popular today? Or, let us ask whether it is glass or polycarbonate that you must use for your next greenhouse project to reap the best benefits. To bring an answer to this question, you first need to understand the characteristics of both glass and polycarbonate individually, so that you can make an informed decision as to which material is better to solve the purpose.
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Greenhouses and cold frames are both used for the same purpose – helping plants to grow while staying protected against extreme heat or cold. And, this is why they are either confused to be the same by many. And for those who know the difference between the two, they are always confused as to which one they should opt for to be installed in their backyard. So, for all those nature lovers who would love to grow plants within their own backyard for fresh yields, here is a blog that will show you the difference between a greenhouse and cold frame, while also letting you know the pros and cons of both. After getting to the end of the blog, you will definitely be in a better position to decide as to which option is the best for you.