The agriculture industry in Alaska created the Alaska Grown logo to highlight products grown in Alaska. The program is designed to increase consumer awareness and consumption of Alaska agricultural products. The Alaska Grow logo will start showing up on all sorts of Alaska goods and I think it’s a great thing! Every community should embrace the “home grown” products in their area. It not only helps the hard working families but locally grown fruits and veggies will keep our families on the healthy track as well! I commend Alaska for starting this program!
One of Sunglo’s favorite customers from Alaska just got finished building his 2100F Sunglo. Look at that snow! He sent us:
“Here’s pictures of some Alaskan hoodlums… thanks again for a great greenhouse and customer service!”
For more information on the Alaska Grown program Click Here.
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.
In 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 be “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.
In 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.
They call the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show “The Big One” with good reason. There are the usual display gardens and vendors, but they actually construct an entire house inside the Minneapolis Convention Center complete with landscaped yard. As impressive as this is, we were informed that a greenhouse company has never attended the show. We did not feel this fair to the great people of Minnesota. So for the first time ever Sunglo Greenhouses will have the only greenhouse built for Minnesota winters on display at the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show running February 27 through March 3.
We will be offering show exclusive deals which means that if you have been thinking about buying a greenhouse, this is your chance to save some serious cash.
The website for the show can be accessed at the link above. Hope to see you there!
Greenhouse Light Transmission: Acrylic vs. Polycarbonate
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.
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.
Show Schedule 2013
As of today we are officially attending two of the greatest home and garden extravaganzas in the nation this year.
February 20 – 24: The 2013 Northwest Flower and Garden Show
We will have an extra special surprise this year for our friends and neighbors here in the northwest.
February 27 – March 3: 2013 Minneapolis Home and Garden Show
This will be our first year at “The Big One” and we are super excited.
Last 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.
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.
We 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.
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!
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