Imagine my surprise when I opened up the greenhouse today and saw this whopping great hole in the greenhouse roof. I couldn’t believe my eyes! What in the heck could have done this?
I had no idea how it happened until I asked Kim. She mentioned that she heard a heck of a racket a few nights ago, that sounded like something very large had landed on the carport roof.
So I put two and two together, inspected the fur fragments around the hole, and figured that a big tabby must have jumped off the carport roof and landed straight through my greenhouse roof. It managed to get out again as there is a pot stand right underneath. Thankfully there were no seedlings on the stand.
This gaping hole will be nigh on impossible to fix because I built another shed in front of the access that is necessary to remove the gutter from the greenhouse and slide out the damaged panel. In fact, all of the roof panels are UV damaged, even though the manufacturer stated that it would last a lot longer than it has. Between the sun damage and hail damage, it has not held up as long as I would have liked.
I have all but given up on this greenhouse, because it is just too hot in summer even with shade over the greenhouse roof. And it is too cold in winter, because of all the gaps. I could replace the damaged panel with some wood, but I wouldn’t achieve an airtight seal. I am even thinking of moving the two VegTrug out of the greenhouse and stand them up against the decking. At least I will get better use out of them.
Considering that my greenhouse was built 4.5 years ago, I think I should have gotten better value for money for a $699 investment.
My advice to you all is not to purchase a greenhouse with polycarbonate panels. They simply do not last the distance, especially in our harsh climate. Good old glass would be your best bet.
You live and learn.