Residential greenhouses can be used for more than just growing plants. They can be great multi-use structures for many enjoyable family activities, providing protection from the elements. John Jerome’s hobby greenhouse was once a dome covering the family’s swimming pool. The pool has since been filled with dirt and in its place will soon be a fish pond and a hot tub. There is also an area along each side approximately three feet wide for growing flowers.
This is actually John’s third greenhouse. Linden, Michigan sees its fair share of winter weather so unfortunately the first two collapsed due to heavy snows. When the “dome”, as it is affectionately still called, was rebuilt, John decided to reglaze the structure with LEXAN™ Greca polycarbonate panels. The 24’ long corrugated panels reach from the ground to over the peak. “I went with the corrugated polycarbonate mainly for the price and also for its flexibility,” said John. “The panels were easy to install due to being so flexible and we were able to overlap the panels at the peak.”
Another issue that John will no longer have to contend with is the snow filling in at each of the purlins of his 55’ long x 24’ wide structure. “I used to have to go inside the dome and push the film or tarp up to move the snow,” he replied. “Now I will not have to that anymore!”
The structure is glazed with both clear and softlite corrugated panels. Clear panels were chosen for their optical clarity to see out. And even more importantly, so any activity going on within could be seen from John’s home. Softlite panels were used to create areas of privacy and provide a bit more shade for sitting while still allowing enough light transmission to come through to grow their plants.
“The dome is a nice place to go and relax,” said John. “So far, I’m very happy. After we get through a winter, we will know for sure if it was the right investment.”
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