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Are You Frustrated When Searching for Poly Keder Greenhouse Plastic?

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If you have wanted to build a greenhouse in your back yard and have researched geodesic greenhouse domes, a website might appear that offers a book entitled “Eden Bio Dome Revolution”. This is an E-Book that provides information about building a greenhouse structure in a Geodesic dome design. In it the author expresses his concern about our food supply where, he indicates that the quality of commercially grown food has become questionable.

 

Raising children on our own, and believing along the same lines as the author, we decided to build a greenhouse dome in our back yard. Initially after purchasing the eBook we were overwhelmed and like many others quite confused.

However, just like so many others who purchased Bio Dome Revolution, we got excited about the thought of growing our food in a dome. Then went on a wild goose chase searching for the for a special greenhouse covering mentioned in the book that the author, Kacper, claims is the best greenhouse covering in the world, to cover a geodesic bio dome that his book tries to teache how to build.

He calls this special material Poly Keder. He then provides the contact information of a Canadian couple that sells poly keder out of their barn in Manitoba, Canada. I’m sure that everyone that reads this book tries to contact the Canadian family with hopes to get their hands on Poly keder.

We personally know the Haines family has received over 1500 phone calls in 2011.  I am sure everyone reacts the same way when they are told that it costs $3000 for 2100 square feet of the greenhouse plastic, poly keder.

The readers, just like us, realize that the information is a bit unclear, based on the fact the book states that one could build a bio dome for about $500. Then they hang up and try to catch their breath. With time they realize if they spent all the effort to build a geodesic greenhouse then it would make sense to invest the best greenhouse covering that will last longer and allow for a reduction of heating costs for year round growing.

When we did the math and understand the concept of replacing a greenhouse skin every few years, we called the Haines back ready to order a roll of the poly Keder. When we got the shipping quote of $800 + and realized that the cost is way too much to pay.

Then we went back to the web and continued our search for Poly Keder and found a company called “Made In America” that specializes in “keder” solutions. Quickly we realized that “Made In America” does not carry Poly Keder greenhouse plastic that we could use for covering our geodesic dome. What they carry is keder beading which is actually the edging piece attached to vinyl signs, providing an easier way to affix a vinyl sign to a structure.

Frustrated, we continued to search. We then came across PolyKeder.com. We got our hopes up; only to find out that JKB Distribution, who owns the site, do not have any PolyKeder in stock and you will have to pay for your order up front. We placed an order, then we found out we had to wait till JKB has enough orders to purchase a full container from Germany, which could take months. When we dug even deeper we actually found out that JKB Distribution does not actually have rights to sell Poly Keder. Please be careful, we were foolish and lost money with this company.

Then with exasperation, we actually contacted the manufactures in Germany and have since become designated as the  sole US importers through our distribution center in California.

Just so you know PolyKeder is not even called PolyKeder in the USA, it is called SolaWrap. You will see that SolaWrap will appear tagged with poly keder, because that is how it is referenced in the E book.

The one thing that was correct in the Ebook about the greenhouse plastic, is that it offers more benefits than most greenhouse plastics on the market currently being sold in the US.

Now you can order SOLAWRAP greenhouse poly and not have to wait months to cover your precious bio dome creation with the one covering that allows for year round growing. Solawrap is $3000 a roll, however we do not add any extra for shipping costs to most places in the mainland of US.

So why should you cover your greenhouse with SolaWrap? If you are serious about having a greenhouse that will provide your food year round, then you will want to build a secure durable structure that will last the longest.

When you consider the fact that you will not have to replace your greenhouse covering for about 20-25 years and Solawrap provides the maximum diffusion and light transmission and insulation for winter greenhouses more than anything on the market, you will save money in the long run.

We are fortunate and honored to be the US distributors and look forward to serving commercial and personal accounts. We stand by the product and are confident you will reap an increased harvest and many other benefits.

Please join our community and bi- weekly webinars. We know how hard it can be when you first begin searching, then building your own greenhouse kit. Growing plants in a controlled environment also has its own set of challenges, as well. We are here to help.

Greenhouse Plastic Covering Now Available in USA Proven Success 29 Years in Europe

Polydress SolaWrap Reported to Last Decades Without Yellowing or Cracking

29 years Greenhouse Plastic

Solawrap 29 years Greenhouse Plastic

SolaWrap Poly keder greenhouse covering has proven its success with the greenhouse industry through out Europe for three decades and is now being introduced to the United States. SolaWrap has many unique qualities.  Growers in the Mediterranean have reported tomato crop advancement of three weeks, during the winter months in an unheated greenhouse when compared to standard greenhouse coverings. Its durability and longevity was tested in the extreme heat of Kuwait for a period of 25 years until the outbreak of war destroyed the testing facility. In that 25-year period, the original SolaWrap covering withstood the elements and remained effective. It did not yellow or become brittle or streak.

In New Hampshire, a converse climate where they received above average snow falls this year; a snow load test was performed. 4000 lbs of an 11 ft high pile of snow was placed on top of a 6×6 piece of SolaWrap attached to a frame using the specially engineered interlocking system. No damage was sustained to either the greenhouse plastic or the interlocking system that secured it to the frame.

In Manitoba, Canada, where temperatures drop well below freezing, a trial has been in process for more than five years. The results are very promising. Strawberries are growing in this SolaWrap greenhouse in January, and the only heating occurs at night during the dead of winter.

Another testament to test of durability would be the greenhouses that currently have the original covering still in working condition after 29 years of severe weather, including winds in excess of 100 mph, hail storms, and heavy snow blown blizzards.

In Alaska, while 130mph hurricane force winds where uprooting trees, destroying homes and neighbors standard greenhouses, the Geodesic Dome greenhouse covered with SolaWrap remained damage free.

SolaWrap comprises three layers of polyethylene film that encloses thousands of air bubbles. These air bubbles give SolaWrap a remarkable R-Value of 1.7. They also allow 83% transparency of sunlight while diffusing 83% of the light. This truly is a paradigm shift for the greenhouse industry. Not until now could Americans have the benefits of high light transparency together with high light diffusion in the same greenhouse covering material. With the increased amount of light diffusion plants grow healthier and faster. Normally, in the summer, thousands of dollars are spent on shade cloths, however, in Europe, due to the high diffusion rates; only 10 percent of SolaWrap greenhouses utilize shade cloths.

The flexible nature of SolaWrap allows growers benefit from this highly insulating material year round, where they will require minimal heating from additional sources. SolaWrap can be easily attached to drop down curtain and roll up curtain mechanisms, which allows for great sidewall ventilation. Also, high tunnel or hoop house growers finally have a long term, highly insulated, solution to cover bowed greenhouses.  Because of the long term proven durability there is no more changing their covering every few years! Imagine how this will increase profits over the long term.

More about Greenhouse Dome Kit Co.

Greenhouse Dome Kit Co. manufactures Geodesic greenhouse dome kits with SolaWrap greenhouse plastic covering material Standard and custom sizes range from 10ft to 40ft in diameter. Custom turnkey Greenhouses are available as well. For more information on Polydress SolaWrap Greenhouse material or Geodesic Dome Kits, contact the director of their Greenhouse Dome Kit, Clint Ellsworth at 1-888-883-8429 info@greenhousedomekit.com or visit the website at www.greenhousedomekit.com

 

 

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