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The Top 10 Benefits to Growing in a Polycarbonate Greenhouse in Canada

Greenhouses are becoming more and more popular in Canada, and for good reason! A greenhouse can provide many benefits, including extending the growing season, protecting plants from bad weather, and more. Here are the top 10 benefits to growing in a polycarbonate greenhouse in Canada:

Inside view of the Garden Chalet polycarbonate greenhouse

1) Increased production – Greenhouses allow for an extended growing season, as well as the option to grow year round, resulting in increased production and maturation of plants. 

You can also grow more plants per square foot than you can in an open field, and an easy way to accomplish this is with stacked shelving, work benches, and trellis kits for your hanging plants and vine crops. With a well thought out greenhouse, you can confidently grow a high yield in a small space.

Stacked shelving with potted plants on it growing in a greenhouse Trellis kit with vine plants growing on it in a greenhouse
Stacked Shelving + Trellis Kit


Steel Work Bench

2) Reduced costs – Greenhouses help reduce production costs by utilizing natural sunlight and heating systems.

Greenhouses take advantage of the “greenhouse gas effect” where the sun heats the ground and air inside of your shelter. In fact, polycarbonate greenhouses are very effective at creating this effect due to their superior insulation factors, and the thicker the polycarbonate, the better the insulation. Polycarbonate greenhouses that feature twin-walls have the highest insulation factors due to the air-space insulation between the walls.

 

Bella Gothic Greenhouse inside view showing heating effect of polycarbonate panelsBella Gothic Greenhouse featuring 6mm thick polycarbonate roof + walls

Polycarbonate Greenhouse Wall Thickness Comparison Chart:

 Greenhouse Type Roof Walls Light Transmission
Glory 10mm (twin)
10mm (twin)
79%
Bella Gothic 6mm (twin)
6mm (twin)
80%
Eco Grow 4mm (twin) 6mm (twin) 82%
Grand Gardener 4mm (twin) 6mm (twin) 82%
Rion Prestige 4mm (twin) 6mm (twin) 82%
Mythos 4mm (twin) 4mm (twin) 82%
Essence 4mm (twin) 4mm (twin) 82%
Hybrid 4mm (twin) 1mm - clear 90% light transmission
82%
Balance
4mm (twin)
1mm - clear 90% light transmission
82%
Garden Chalet
4mm (twin)
1mm - clear 90% light transmission
82%
Lean To Grow
4mm (twin)
1mm - clear 90% light transmission
82%
Americana
4mm (twin)
1mm - clear 90% light transmission
82%
Hexagon Oasis 4mm 0.7mm 82%
Harmony 1mm 1mm 90%

3) Extended season – Greenhouses allow you to extend your growing season, which means you can grow crops that wouldn’t normally be possible in your area.

If you would like to grow in all four seasons, we highly recommend our best-selling Glory Greenhouse, which boasts 10mm thick twin walled polycarbonate roof and walls. To be successful growing in the Canadian winter months, you can use a greenhouse heater, which can heat up to 160 square feet

Glory Greenhouse outside view Glory Greenhouse inside view
Best-selling Glory Greenhouse

Greenhouse Heater
Greenhouse or Sunroom Heater

4) Controlled climate - Plants require warmth, moisture and light to grow, and greenhouses provide the optimal environment for plants to thrive.

One of the main benefits of growing in a greenhouse is that you can control the environment. For example, if you want to grow tropical plants, then you can maintain a warm and humid environment in your greenhouse. This is important for certain crops that need specific conditions to thrive.

When looking to create the perfect environment, make sure to consider ventilation, so that when temperatures rise too high for your plants you can cool the area with air flow. As an added bonus, air-flow makes your plants stronger by forcing them to build strong stems in reaction to wind force.

Installing an automatic roof-vent or louvre window opener is a great way to set up an automated system of air flow. 

Automated window vent opening a window in a greenhouse Automated louvre window opener opening a louvre window in a greenhouse
Automatic Roof Vent + Louvre Window Opener 

5) Protection from pests and disease - It's easier to prevent pests and diseases from damaging your crops by limiting their access to the area, and keeping your greenhouse clean and free of debris. 

When you do become aware of a possible pest infestation, it is also easier to control it in a greenhouse, as the pest is naturally quarantined to a smaller area. Working in a greenhouse gives you the added benefit of closely monitoring plants and being able to treat them efficiently when pests become a problem.

Garden bug shown crawling on leaf and destroying plant

6) Protection from weather - If you live in an area with harsh weather patterns, then a greenhouse can keep your plants warm and protected from the cold, and help to extend your growing season. 

Polycarbonate greenhouses with twin walls add rigidity and strength to the structure, and are a good option to consider if you live in an area that experiences heavy snow loads in the winter, or high winds.

Snow Load + Wind Rating Comparison Chart:

 Greenhouse Type Snow Load Wind Rating Warranty
Glory 24 lbs/sq.foot 120 km/hr 10 years
Bella Gothic 20.5 lbs/sq.foot 100km/hr 5 years
Mythos 15.4 lbs/sq.foot 90 km/hr 5 years
EcoGrow
15.4 lbs/sq.foot
90 km/hr
7 years
Americana
15.4 lbs/sq.foot
90 km/hr
5 years
Grand Gardener
15.4 lbs/sq.foot
90 km/hr
7 years
Essence
15.4 lbs/sq.foot
90 km/hr
5 years
Rion Prestige
15.4 lbs/sq.foot
90 km/hr
7 years
Hexagon Oasis
15.4 lbs/sq.foot
90 km/hr
5 years
Lean To Grow
15.4 lbs/sq.foot
75km/hr 5 years
Hybrid
15.4 lbs/sq.foot
Not Recommended 5 years
Balance
15.4 lbs/sq.foot
Not Recommended
5 years
Harmony
15.4 lbs/sq.foot
Not Recommended
5 years
Garden Chalet
15.4 lbs/sq.foot
Not Recommended
5 years

7) Increased property value - If you're thinking about selling your home, then a greenhouse can be a great selling point. 

Greenhouses are becoming increasingly popular, so having one on your property can make it more valuable. In the case of resale value, you may want to consider a polycarbonate greenhouse as they are portable, allowing a new owner the option of moving the greenhouse to any location on the property they desire. New home owners also get the added bonus of walking into a fully functioning greenhouse set up.

Woman holding a home sold sign

8) Easy to assemble and customizable - All of our polycarbonate greenhouses are easy to assemble DIY prefabricated kits. 

With the help of one other person, you can confidently assemble a polycarbonate greenhouse in a weekend, and enjoy the rewards for years to come. Polycarbonate panels easily slide and lock into place.

 Polycarbonate panels slide in assembly for greenhouse construction

9) No maintenance required - Once constructed, you can literally set-it-and-forget-it, and put your efforts into more enjoyable tasks - like gardening! 

One of the best features of our polycarbonate greenhouses is that they are maintenance free. Furthermore, the polycarbonate plastic offers complete UV blockage and 100% UV protection, and the panels do not discolour, fracture, shatter, become brittle, or turn yellow over time. You can rest assured that your polycarbonate greenhouse will look just as beautiful as the day you received for its lifetime.

Woman shown gardening inside of Rion Prestige Greenhouse
Rion Prestige Greenhouse featuring a 7 year warranty

10) Self-sustaining lifestyle - More and more people are moving towards homesteading, and self-sustaining lifestyle choices. 

With the rising cost of groceries, and toxic overload present in our modern day culture, it makes sense to grow your own organic produce and ease the stress of inevitable supply chain shortages.

Not to mention, spending time in nature and growing your own food is a relaxing and soothing way to connect with your family away from digital devices. There are so many reasons to invest in a polycarbonate greenhouse, but we think that the satisfaction of growing your own food that you know is toxin-free for your family is invaluable in this day and age. Take the time to slow down, get dirty, and relish in nature’s bounty.

Woman gardening in a greenhouse with her child Fresh organic vegetables Family enjoying dinner together
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