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Storm Damage Fixups: How to Maintain Your Greenhouse Roof

Greenhouses are usually fragile, so they should be one of the first things you check after a storm. Wind can blow away sections of a greenhouse roof that must be replaced while snow can cause it to collapse and require rebuilding. How you deal with greenhouse roof hail damage depends on how the structure is constructed and how severe the damage is. Here’s some advice on maintaining your greenhouse roof that will help you recover after the next storm.


For Polycarbonate Greenhouses

Polycarbonate greenhouses are sometimes made of large sheets or panels that cover the top and sides of a wooden or metal frame. They’re more often made of smaller pieces of polycarbonate that are each a few square feet. You can mend cracks in either type with epoxy glue to prevent the damage from getting worse. If you don’t like the look of repaired cracks or there’s a hole in the polycarbonate, you must replace the entire square or panel.

For Glass Greenhouses

You can repair cracked glass panes in a greenhouse roof or walls with epoxy or cyanoacrylate adhesives, but the lines will show and the repairs may not be strong. Because glass panes can further crack or break while you’re in the greenhouse, you must consider whether it’s safe to repair damaged glass. You may prefer to replace panes with ones ordered from the greenhouse maker or custom-made at a local glass company.

Roof Damage Concerns

Greenhouse roof hail damage must be repaired to maintain the integrity of the building. Leaks can cause wood structures to rot and metal ones to rust. Repairing damage after a storm is also essential for maintaining the humidity and temperature inside that your plants need. Plus, repairs keep your property looking its best. Delaying roof hail damage repairs could cause problems to get worse, increasing repair costs and potentially making the structure unsafe.

Consider Hiring a Roofer

Fixing the roof of a greenhouse can be dangerous because of the risk of cuts from broken glass and plastic. Additionally, you can’t walk around on top of a greenhouse as you can a sturdy building, so you may have trouble reaching the damage from the outside. While you won’t find many listings online for greenhouse repair specialists, consider contacting a roofing company for help. You may need the company to look at your home’s roof for damage anyway.

Damage to your greenhouse’s roof can be a frustrating and costly problem, but outbuildings may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. Whatever you do, don’t ignore the roof of your greenhouse. That could have catastrophic consequences.


Author Bio: Anita Ginsburg is a freelance writer from Denver, CO. She studied at Colorado State University, and now writes articles about health, business, family and finance. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family whenever she isn’t writing. You can follow her on Twitter @anitaginsburg.



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