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NWFGS 2014 – Sunglo Booth

NWFG ColorIt’s January in Washington and you know what that means! We’re counting down the days to the 2014 NWFGS! Sunglo will be hosting a booth this year so get your walking shoes on and get ready for gardening paradise!

NWFGS 2014This year the theme is  “Art In Bloom”. There’s a little garden in all of us is the slogan. And boy is that true! There will be a ton of free seminars and lots of expert speakers this year. Plus a garden to table cooking series. Speakers will give you ideas, advice and inspiration for creating gracious outdoor living spaces and luscious, sustainable gardens. It’s pure entertainment and invaluable education!

Stop by the Sunglo booth #701 to a greenhouse on display, learn about our products and take advantage of our NWFGS specials!

To view a list of activities and speakers or to buy tickets click here.

 

Seattle University’s New Greenhouse

new greenhouseWe are very happy to announce the grand opening of Seattle University’s new greenhouse facility! Their new 2100K model greenhouse will provide the Biology department with the space they desperately needed to conduct experiments and house plant specimens.

 

 

new greenhouseWe are very thankful for this opportunity to provide many generations of budding plant physiologists with a space to further their skills and knowledge. The Norman Borlaugs and Gregor Mendels of future generations could very well be among them.

 

We greatly enjoyed working with everyone to make sure that this greenhouse fit the specific requirements of the department and its students. The end result is a fully ADA compliant facility with a modular floor plan that allows for multiple growing configurations.

new greenhouseWe would also like to thank everyone who contributed the funding that made this project possible. If you are interested in discussing the many grants currently available or how your students could benefit from a similar facility please contact us anytime.

Amazing Sunglo Greenhouse

O’Malley and Jon Stoumen have a most amazing Sunglo greenhouse and urban garden. Every square foot of their property provides either a habitat for native species or what I imagine is quite a fresh bounty of naturally grown food. They recently participated in a tour of local gardens and were kind enough to send us these pictures. I was at a loss for words when looking at them, but beautiful and inspiring certainly come to mind.

Thank you.

Micheal,

We LOVE our sunglo greenhouse!  We have a big vegetable garden and I started all the seeds in January under a grow light.  Most of the stuff is planted out now so I am rooting sedum cuttings for a future green roof project.  It fits in nicely next to our chicken coop and I am amazed how much time I spend in there. We are on a huge garden tour in the spring, April 26 & 27.  It is the biggest one in Palo Alto and it will last for two days.  The tour is the Gamble Garden tour and there will be a lot of people looking at our beautiful greenhouse. Thanks again for such a wonderful product.  

O’Malley & Jon Stoumen

Buying a Greenhouse?

If you are thinking about buying a greenhouse this season there are a few things you may want to consider. Many options are available to the backyard horticulturist these days, but in addition to their price tag there are many things that set them apart.

Perhaps one of the most important things to consider is strength and longevity. When investing such a large sum of money you want to be certain that the greenhouse will be something you can enjoy for many years to come. Things such as snow and wind load, life expectancy of the glazing material, and manufacturer’s warranty all play an important role in this.

sunglo snowloadIn mild climates where snow fall and wind speeds are low, a weaker and often cheaper greenhouse may suffice. But in harsher climates where the snow accumulates and the winds blow, one bad storm could leave you suddenly out of a greenhouse and all the money you paid for it. A greenhouse company that does not state their wind and snow load ratings probably does not want you to know what they are. Over the past 35 years Sunglo greenhouses have survived everything from the snowfall of Alaska to the hurricanes of Florida, and we have structural engineering reports to back our claims of an 80 mph wind load and 34 pounds per square foot snow load. Most recently we had one survive Hurricane Sandy, and you can read more about that here: Hurricane Sandy Survivor.

The life expectancy of the glazing material a greenhouse manufacturer uses also determines how long you can expect to enjoy your greenhouse. In most cases the warranty covering the greenhouse is a good indicator of this, but not always. The 12 year warranty included with every Sunglo greenhouse guarantees that your glazing material will sunglo greenhouse glazingbe “free from problems caused by the effects of sunlight for twelve years.” Sunglo uses only the highest quality UV stabilized, impact resistant acrylic, and we find that most customers enjoy at least 15 to 20 years without having to replace a single acrylic panel. Being able to replace individual panels is also unheard of in the backyard greenhouse market. More often than not your typical backyard greenhouse will require complete replacement in 10 years or less, but we see no reason to scrap a perfectly good aluminum frame that lasts a lifetime. The ease with which you can replace the individual panels is all because of our patented Therma-Truss system, and for more information about this and the differences between acrylic and polycarbonate please read : Acrylic vs. Polycarbonate.

Another thing to consider is energy efficiency. Our dual pane greenhouse panels are 1.5 inches thick. This equates to 38.1 millimeters. In comparison, your standard backyard greenhouse will be dual pane, but the the panels range in thickness from 6 to 8 millimeters. The thickness of the panel is important because the space between the panes creates insulating dead air space. Second only to a complete vacuum, dead air space is one of the best insulators known to man. If you intend to use your greenhouse all year round, as a Sunglo is designed to do, then spending a little more initially can save you a great deal of money in the years to come. For more information about another way your greenhouse can help you save money please read: Overwintering in the Greenhouse.

american greenhouseIn addition to the unmatched value of a Sunglo, you and every other American you know benefits from buying American. Sunglo greenhouses are one of very few still made entirely in these United States of America. Almost every other greenhouse on the market is an import from countries such as Germany and China. Not only does your purchase of a Sunglo greenhouse help to bolster our economy, but you get the benefit of support from actual people who enjoy aiding our fellow horticulturists. Starting with the initial assembly and continuing throughout the many years you will own your greenhouse, we will be here to help in any way we can.

If we haven’t convinced you that Sunglo Greenhouses are the strongest, longest lasting, and most energy efficient greenhouses under the sun please call us toll free at 1-800-647-0606. Most of our staff are proud Sunglo owners themselves and would be more than happy to answer all of your questions.

Sunglo Greenhouse Interior

Awesome Sunglo Greenhouse

Featured Sunglo Greenhouse

We are taking a break from the Blast from the Past video series during our home and garden show season, but in the meantime I wanted to share an email received this week from a most ingenious customer. I have been working with Marshall over the course of the last couple of months and it has been amazing to watch this project come together.

Marshall writes:

sunglo greenhouseHi Michael,

In two separate e-mails I will send some photos of our recently completed 1700-C greenhouse.  We are very pleased with the quality of the 8′ X 10′ lean-to model.  It is attached to the south-facing wall of our  garage.  In spite of the cool cloudy and sometimes rainy days in SW Washington, there have been occasional sunny days in February that the automated exhaust fan has come on to cool down the greenhouse when it reached 90 degrees. 

sungloAn added benefit of the lean-to model is that the north wall of the greenhouse is the insulated wall of the garage and if desired, I can open the windows of the garage and allow the natural heat of the greenhouse to come into my woodworking shop in the garage.

Greenhouse Floor HeatYou will see from the pictures that I chose to put in two in-ground insulated growing beds in hopes of growing vegetables in the winter.  Each bed is about 7 feet in length and 14 inches wide and insulated with two inch-thick styrofoam. One of the beds is 10 inches deep, the other is 5 inches deep.  They each have thermostatically controlled heat cables set in sand in the bottom.  The cables are then covered with wire mesh to protect them before filling the beds with soil.  The soil temperature being maintained at 70 degrees by the heat cables will be optimum to stimulate growth which will save heating the entire greenhouse.  Since soil temperature is the determining factor for germination and growth, the only other heat required will be to keep the greenhouse just above freezing.  Sunglo Greenhouse InteriorSupplemental HPS lighting suspended from the ceiling will extend the daylight hours to 14 – 16 hours per day, which will be necessary in the winter.  The 1000 watt HPS bulb will also generate some heat that will be beneficial.  I will still have plenty of floor and bench space for propagating other plants to transplant into the garden in spring and summer.

The electrical control panel for ventilation and heating is working well but I did have to add one more outlet for the heat cables.  The extra outlets are also useful for heat mats used on the bench.

Thanks again for all your help and answering questions I had during construction.  We are looking forward to giving the greenhouse a good workout the remainder of the winter and into the spring with hopes of having fresh veggies next winter.

Sincerely, Marshall Himes

It just goes to show that the control you have over the growing environment in a greenhouse is only limited by your imagination. This is a truly phenomenal design Marshall and thank you for the great pictures!

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Greenhouse Light Transmission

Greenhouse Light Transmission: Acrylic vs. Polycarbonate

sunglo greenhouseThe first part of our Blast from the Past video series is available today.

sunglo greenhouseThis week features a video comparing the light transmission of our acrylic glazing material to polycarbonate.

Click here to watch the video on Youtube.

Though the videos date themselves, the tests conducted in them are perhaps more relevant today than when they were originally filmed.

Our dual pane Therma-Truss® construction uses UV stabilized; impact resistant DR acrylic which resists discoloration and deterioration for up to 20 years. It incorporates a smooth outer layer and corrugated inner layer as shown in the diagram at right. Light is diffused evenly throughout the greenhouse by the corrugations while still allowing 92% of solar radiation to pass through.

This design is what started it all 35 years ago, and is what truly sets a Sunglo apart from all the rest today. In an industry overrun with flimsy, snap together polycarbonate greenhouses, you can take solace in knowing that somebody still considers American made quality to be more important than outsourcing overseas to improve the bottom line.

Sunglo Greenhouse – Top of the List

Sunglo greenhouses made the Gardener’s Wishlist this year published in the longest running gardening column in North America! And at the top of the list no less!

Link to Article

Jeff Lowenfels, pictured at left, has been writing his column for over 36 years now. That dates back to the first Sunglo greenhouse ever sold.

 

 

Disclaimer: Picture is a fictional representation. Jeff has been writing his column for a long time, but not quite that long. For more about Jeff Lowenfels please visit his website.

Good Morning Utah

Good Morning UtahLast year at the Salt Lake Tribune Home and Garden Festival we did a live news segment with Good Morning Utah. Big Buddha, a local TV personality with Fox 13 News, challenged us to prove the strength of our greenhouses. Luckily for him we don’t produce the flimsy, collapse during the first storm type of greenhouse. We manufacture the maybe some crazy guy will want to crawl up on top of it type of greenhouse, but you don’t have to take our word for it. You can see the segment for yourself at the link below.

Big Buddha on a Sunglo on Youtube

Just like the one featured in the video, all of our greenhouses are designed to withstand thousands of pounds of snow, over 80 mile an hour winds, or in this case, a very large man. I am sorry to report that we will not be able to make it to the festival this year, but if you had intended to check us out there please contact us about honoring the exclusive deal we offered at the show last year.

Southern Oregon Greenhouse

Winter greenhouseWe put out the call and you answered. All across the nation gardeners are fighting the oppression of winter and demanding our right to grow all year round. Join the winter show down and purchase a winter greenhouse!

One of our newest recruits sent us these photos of his new 1000D greenhouse.

 

 

Winter greenhouse

Mike writes:

Thank you for all your support with this project. If you would like to use this for a model in southern Oregon let us know.

 

Keep fighting the good fight Mike!

 

Learn more here.

Hurricane Sandy Tested

We received a customer testimonial from Connecticut this week where Hurricane Sandy recently made a terrible mess of things.

Ken writes:

My wife and I are just your everyday home owners, maybe a bit handier than some, but less than others…certainly not professional trades’ people. We bought the SunGlo kit thinking we’d try to build it ourselves as a fun project to do together. Well, we built 90% of it in one weekend and had a blast doing it. The manual and the DVD were more than clear enough to guide us through the process, and despite some sore muscles Monday, we were proud of the results.

The following weekend we knew Hurricane Sandy was coming so we finished up the project, closed the door and went about securing the rest of the house. Northwest CT recorded wind gusts of over 65 MPH for almost 2 days, with horizontal wind, trees, leaves, and branches flying everywhere. Our power was out for 2 and 1/2 days. The SunGlo greenhouse was just fine!

The next week we got hit with a Nor’easter that dumped nearly a foot of snow in near blizzard conditions- again the SunGlo came through just fine. Our cool weather seedlings and other houseplants in the greenhouse are all doing very well.

Thanks for making such a quality product here in the States.

It just goes to show that, be it Solanaceae or Asteraceae, nothing protects your family like a Sunglo.