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hobby greenhouseWhen ordering custom-cut polycarbonate panels for your hobby greenhouse have handy the exact dimensions required by your blueprint (greenhouse plan).

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Which is the better polycarbonate choice for a hobby greenhouse?

Multiwall or Corrugated Polycarbonate Panels?

This would depend on what climate you’re in, style of greenhouse, and whether the greenhouse is used year round. Both multiwall and corrugated panels are lightweight, durable, and easy to work with. Both are also UV protected to help prevent yellowing and deterioration from sunlight. Corrugated panels are less expensive but the single wall construction offers less heat retention. If you are looking for more insulation, consider a multiwall panel. The multiwall construction improves thermal efficiency, making the extra investment worth the energy savings.

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Ladies of AmeriLux Conquer Mud Run

amerilux_dirtygirlsThis past weekend, the ladies of AmeriLux participated in the 2014 Dirty Girl Mud Run.

The Dirty Girl Mud Run supports Bright Pink, a non-profit organization that focuses on the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer. Dirty Girl events inspire fabulous females to run, walk, climb, jump, and laugh their way, hand in muddy hand, to an unabashed sense of accomplishment.

The ladies endured 3.1 miles of muddy terrain, 12 muddy obstacles, and encountered mud, mud and more MUD! They had a blast together and were a great team!

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101 Uses of Polycarbonate: #59 Patio Cover

Polycarbonate Patio CoverWant to create a pleasant outdoor living area? With the benefit of natural light, a polycarbonate patio cover will provide shelter in all kinds of weather for both you and your plants. Multiwall polycarbonate is UV protected, shielding you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. The UV protection also helps to extend the life of your patio furniture.

Able to withstand the weather’s harsh elements, impact- resistant polycarbonate panels will not crack or shatter, ensuring your patio cover will be long-lasting. These lightweight panels can be easily fabricated and installed, making a polycarbonate patio cover a fun and simple DIY project. Extend your living space outside your home. Add a beautiful multiwall polycarbonate patio cover to your yard.

Please visit our website at www.ameriluxinternational.com for more information on multiwall polycarbonate.

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Ben Hill Griffin, Inc., Frostproof, Florida

griffin_outside_smEarlier this year, Ben Hill Griffin, one of the largest citrus producers in Florida, constructed four 40 feet wide by 336 foot long gutter-connected greenhouses, as well as a similar-sized warehouse.

The owner wanted a glazing product that would provide durability, insulation, and light diffusion. This was accomplished by covering the roof, sides, and ends of the greenhouses with LEXAN™ THERMOCLEAR™ Plus 8mm Softlite twin-wall polycarbonate panels. griffin_inside_smThe 100% diffusion feature of this multiwall sheet prevents plants from burning while maintaining a 79% light transmission for higher yields. The internal cellular structure of the double-wall panel provides thermal insulation and additional impact strength.

The construction of the warehouse also included the use of LEXAN™ 8mm Clear twin-wall polycarbonate as a partition. This translucent wall allows natural daylight into the warehouse, as well as provides a window into the greenhouse areas.

For more information on the benefits of glazing a greenhouse with LEXAN™ Softlite corrugated or multiwall polycarbonate panels, please click here to visit our website.

LEXAN THERMOCLEAR is a trademark of SABIC.

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101 Uses of Polycarbonate: #101 Wood Pile Cover

resize_Wood CoverKeep your supply of firewood dry and ready for burning with a polycarbonate wood pile cover! Highly flexible polycarbonate can be easily cold formed and will not splinter or crack when fabricated. Panels can be cut, drilled, and installed using basic woodworking tools. When compared to a tarp, a polycarbonate wood cover will not rip or tear. Multiwall polycarbonate sheets are UV protected, so even after being exposed to the sun, your polycarbonate sheet is guaranteed to last for a very long time. Make sure to install the UV coated side towards the sun.

Lightweight yet durable polycarbonate is ideal for a wood pile cover in an outdoor setting. Multiwall polycarbonate features high impact resistance and the ability to survive the harmful abuse of any kind of weather and extreme temperatures. Keep the wood in, and the rain, sleet, and snow out!

If you would like to learn more about our multiwall polycarbonate products, please visit our website at www.ameriluxinternational.com.

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It all Starts with Attitude

tyler_arkensAs AmeriLux grows and develops as a company, its primary focus continues to be on building and sustaining win-win partnerships with customers, vendors, and employees. This vision of growth, one based on building mutually beneficial relationships, is why Tyler Arkens accepted an opportunity to join the team this past May.

As a Business Development Specialist, Tyler’s responsibilities include educating, developing, and growing AmeriLux’s customer base in the Building Materials and Supply Markets. “The biggest and most important part of my job is reaching out to potential customers to let them know who we are and that we are here to help. We’re here to help them not only stock or supply products to their customer base, but to also develop long-term relationships,” said Tyler. “Our customers should know that we’re here to make their job easier and to help make them look good. We do that by providing great service, quality products, and being responsive to their needs.”

Experienced in both inside sales and traditional field sales, Tyler enjoys talking to different prospects and finding out what they know. “Customer needs are, of course, different from company to company so that keeps me on my toes,” he said. “AmeriLux has a wide variety of products to offer and when it comes to building materials, there is almost always an alternative.”

Great customer service is all about attitude. To Tyler, it’s a mentality. It’s a positive. It’s listening to and understanding what the customer is asking for and finding a creative, cost-effective way of making it happen! “Be good. Do good. Serve others,” is Tyler’s mantra. “Whether it’s in business or in life, if you’re striving to be good, to do good, and to serve others, you will never go wrong.”

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Wards Nursery, Avon Park, Florida

wards_nursery_outsideA family-owned business since 1925, Wards Nursery is located in the heart of Florida’s citrus belt. The 40-acre citrus nursery recently built a new greenhouse for its citrus seedling production.

The nearly 11,000 square foot greenhouse was manufactured and constructed by Imperial Builders & Supply, an experienced commercial greenhouse builder based in Apopka, Florida. The 23 foot wide by 156 foot long gutter-connected greenhouse features insect-screened exhaust fans and a pressurized entry room. The frame of this new greenhouse was covered with LEXAN™ Greca Corrugated Softlite polycarbonate panels.

Previous Wards Nursery greenhouses were glazed with a clear corrugated polycarbonate. A thirty percent shade cloth was used over the polycarbonate to prevent the burning of tender seedlings. wards_nursery_inside_smFor the covering of the new structure, the owner desired a glazing material that would do both; diffuse the direct sunlight coming into the greenhouse while allowing as much light transmittance as possible.

The LEXAN™ Greca Softlite polycarbonate sheet offered the perfect all-in-one glazing solution for the new greenhouse. This 100% diffused corrugated panel utilizes advanced polymer technology to scatter and soften light while maintaining an 85% level of light transmission. The emerging citrus seedlings will not only be protected from the harsh intense sun; they will benefit from high levels of quality light resulting in faster uniform growth.

LEXAN THERMOCLEAR is a trademark of SABIC.

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101 Uses of Polycarbonate: #51 Lean-to Greenhouse

Want to store flowers during cold days or start plants earlier in the season? Why not attach a polycarbonate Lean-to Greenhouse to the side of your house or an existing out-building.

A Lean-to Greenhouse constructed with multiwall polycarbonate panels is perfect for the home gardener and is an ideal way to extend the growing season. By eliminating the need for one wall, the cost of building a polycarbonate Lean-to Greenhouse is cut dramatically. This type of greenhouse is convenient for gardeners who want to stay close to their hobby plants, indoor food garden, or herb garden during all seasons.

A polycarbonate Lean-to Greenhouse offers year-round durability as it is structurally designed to withstand high winds and heavy snowfall. Multiwall polycarbonate is 200 times stronger than glass and will not shatter, making it a very safe family atmosphere. The advanced UV technology protects plants from harmful sunlight in the summer. Highly developed polymer technology diffuses light, providing an optimal growing environment for plants. Multiwall polycarbonate also offers thermal insulation, preventing the temperature in the greenhouse from changing drastically.

Extend your growing season with an easy-to-build Lean-to Greenhouse. To learn more about multiwall polycarbonate, please visit our website at http://www.ameriluxinternational.com/multiwall_polycarbonate.php.

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