Bootstrap Farmer sells one of the best greenhouse plastic products available. Our manufacturer uses a 5 layer film technology for added strength and longevity. The UVA protection gives the greenhouse plastic a 4-year rating & warranty.
Greenhouse Plastic Features:
- Clear 6 mil polyethylene film
- Anti-dust protection - Reduces absorption of dust for long-lasting transmittance
- 4 Year Rating & Warranty
- Light transmittance > 90%
- Light Diffusion 20%
- Anti Mist and Anti Drip additive
- 4 Year Warranty makes this plastic NRCS Preferred
- Most pieces are custom cut to specification.
The 5 layer technology in our UV resistant greenhouse plastic allows it to have high mechanical strength and flexibility.
*Any UV protected Greenhouse Films should not come into direct contact with PVC as it will cause pre-mature degradation.
Our greenhouse film is designed with a high 90% light transmittance. This is the amount of light that can pass through your greenhouse. High light transmission is essential to allow your plants to thrive.
Diffusion of Light
The greenhouse film's diffusion allows light to be scattered around your hoop house. This allows your plants to get even lighting in all areas inside your structure. Diffused light is particularly important for tall or self-shading plants that typically would get uneven light exposure in direct sunlight. This enables you to have fuller and more even growth.
Benefits of Greenhouse Coverings
Direct light from the sun is less than ideal for most plants. Direct light means that no particles in the atmosphere or coverings cause the light of the sun to be dispersed. This can lead to scorch, uneven heating, and shadowing of nearby plants. On a cloudy or overcast day, you will notice a lack of shadows. This is due to light being dispersed in many different directions. Clear greenhouse plastic acts similarly to the clouds but allows much more light through. The poly film converts the direct sunlight into a more evenly distributed and dispersed light in your greenhouse. This allows the light to penetrate deeper into your plants, which improves your yields.
Greenhouse plastic not only helps with light dispersion but creates a more uniform temperate inside your hoop house. Direct sunlight causes hot spots on your plants. Think of standing outside in the direct sunlight on a hot sunny day. Once the sun goes behind a cloud, you feel much cooler. Your plants feel the same way. Areas that are getting direct sunlight can be subject to sun scorch while the plants' shaded parts are nice and cool. This can cause die-off and stress on parts of your plants that are overexposed to direct sunlight. Having light dispersion creates a more consistent temperature for your plants, which enables more uniform growth.
How Not to Buy Greenhouse Plastic
When buying greenhouse plastic, be sure not to get it from a local hardware store such as Home Depot or Lowes. Yes, they sell cheap 6 mil plastic film, but it is not UV stabilized. You will be lucky to get 4 months of use out of their plastic before it disintegrates, and you will have a mess of torn and brittle plastic to clean up. Any greenhouse plastic that you buy, you want to make sure that it is UV stabilized.
Bootstrap Farmer's 6 mil clear greenhouse plastic has 89% light transmittance to bring plenty of diffused light into your structure for healthier and happier plants.
Longitudinal tensile strength: 23 MPa.
Breaking tensile strength transverse: 22 MPa.
Breaking Elongation: 680%
Longitudinal tear strength: 8.4kg./ mm
Transverse tear strength: 11.5kg./ mm
Impact strength: 1200g
Light transmittance: 90%
Scattering rate: 20%
UV blocking: 95% / 350nm