Solexx is a twin-walled high-density polyethylene plastic (HDPE) covering for greenhouses and other structures, manufactured by Adapt8, Inc.
Solexx is arguably the best material out there for your greenhouse. We built our greenhouse in 2015 (completed in November), and I kid you not, I loved the stuff so much, I signed up to be a distributor. Having a decent greenhouse to work with has made all the difference for me, and although growing in a greenhouse environment has been (and still is) a bit of a learning curve, I love it more and more every day. Solexx is not, however, just for greenhouses. It is also great for patios, decks, or creating that ideal outdoor living space where you just want to hang out. I am strongly considering putting a hammock in our greenhouse. It is just SO nice in there.
U-Value – the measurement of ‘heat loss’ through the material. The lower the U-Value, the less heat is escaping.
The insulation (R-Value) of Solexx is over 25% better than that of poly film & polycarbonate! Add that difference to the lower amount of heat loss through the material and you can see why glass greenhouses, for example, are a bad idea (not to mention that the direct light and heat through glass can fry your plants!). It doesn’t take long for Solexx to pay for itself.
Ok. This is where you really need to assess what you want, what you need, and factor in what you might need for the future, because the great majority of people wish they had gone with “something a little bigger.”
(There is so much here, we gave it its own page. The above title is a link. Just click away!)
Of course, there are many reasons to go the DIY route and buy just the square footage you need.
Tips and tricks to optimize your structure, whether a DIY project or a kit. This pamphlet gives lots of info on how to best optimize Solexx installation, including deciding on size and direction, rolling it out, cutting it, screwing it down, caulking, maintenance, and where to go for more technical support if you need it.
Despite the advantages of the kits, we went the DIY route for several reasons.
The end result? I FREAKIN’ LOVE IT!
I hope to keep up with posting progress reports – it is an ever-evolving wonderland throughout the seasons – and I am not being dramatic here! This structure has been a game changer!