If you are thinking about purchasing a polytunnel for your garden, there are many things to consider before buying one. These factors include the price, construction time, and lifespan of the cover. If you choose to buy a polytunnel cover, you should also consider the quality of the material.
Cost of a garden polytunnel
When you are considering buying a garden polytunnel, you’ll want to keep several factors in mind. These factors include size and budget. While prices can vary greatly between manufacturers, you can expect to spend more for a larger polytunnel.
A polytunnel is a versatile space that can be used for growing plants, storing tools and even using it as a workspace. Polytunnels come in various lengths, ranging from eight feet to more than 66 feet. You can choose the length that best suits your needs.
Many polytunnels are insulated, making them ideal for growing crops during winter. They’re cheaper than greenhouses and are much easier to build. You can also install irrigation systems, which makes growing crops much easier. A polytunnel can also be moved to a different location if you need to.
Another important factor to consider when determining the cost of your polytunnel is your specific needs. For example, you may want to grow a lot of vegetables or exotic flowers. In addition, you can expand polytunnels easily, which will reduce the cost of installation.
Cost of repairing a polytunnel
Polytunnels are an extremely useful structure, which retains heat and provides ideal conditions for plant growth. They have traditionally been used for the cultivation of vegetables and fruits, as well as housing livestock. However, these structures can be vulnerable to damage and require regular repair work. To minimise the risk of such problems, it is essential to know how to repair them.
Small tears or holes can be repaired with tape. Start by cutting a piece of tape large enough to cover the tear and work outwards. Be careful not to leave any air bubbles, as they can attract moisture and undo your mend. Next, use the rounded handle of a pair of scissors to rub the damaged area to seal the tape mend. If it has stuck, you can remove the tape.
Once the polytunnel has been put in place, it is important to make sure the cover is sturdy. This will ensure the polytunnel stays in place for many years. If the cover is ripped, you can get a new one made of polythene.
Lifespan of a polytunnel cover
A polytunnel cover’s lifecycle depends on the quality of the cover and the quality of the materials it is made of. A polythene cover can last for many years, but it can also be damaged by rain or sun. It’s important to choose a cover that is durable and high-quality to avoid unnecessary repair costs. Fortunately, there are a number of good quality covers available.
Ideally, a polytunnel cover will last between four and five years, but it can last up to ten years. The thicker the polythene, the longer it will last. Look for 720 gauge polythene, which is 180 microns thick. This material has additives to protect it from UV degradation and is more durable.
Another important factor to consider when choosing a polytunnel cover is the eco-worthiness of the plastic. By using a polytunnel, you can produce enough food to offset the carbon cost of producing conventional produce. The production, harvest, and distribution of conventionally grown vegetables and fruits are all carbon intensive and require transport, storage, and refrigeration.
Although they are relatively cheap, polytunnels take a long time to install and can be a large time commitment. The time you put into the installation will be compensated by the increased yield you will receive from the plants you sell. Ideally, you will want to have your polytunnel installed before the spring months, so you can start harvesting your crops as soon as the weather permits.
Firstly, you will need to install the foundation tubes. These will ensure the stability of your polytunnel. You may also want to purchase an anchor plate if you’re building your polytunnel on an exposed site. After installing the foundation tubes, you should drive them into the ground to a depth of three feet.
Construction time for a polytunnel depends on its size and complexity. Domestic-sized installations can be completed in one day, while commercial-sized and multibay constructions can take more time. You can consult with a First Tunnels representative to discuss your requirements.