Are you looking for ways to weatherproof your greenhouse?
If you’re on a mission to insulate your green sanctuary for a chilly season ahead or struggling with a stubborn leak that just won't quit – then you're in the right place!
In this article, we’ll unpack all the must-know details on how to seal your greenhouse effectively. Plus, we've gathered some top-notch, field-tested tips from our Planta greenhouse community. These gems have been helping fellow gardeners turn their green spaces into cozy, weather-tight retreats.
Let’s dive in.
Why Should You Seal Your Greenhouse?
Planta Greenhouses excel in durability, but like many structures on the market – they’re not 100% waterproof. Small openings, especially around metal parts or roof vents, might allow rainwater inside.
While the standard DIY setup suits most climates, regions with harsher weather conditions could benefit from some extra sealing. This step helps prevent rain leaks, snow entry, and cold drafts in winter.
Sealing is more than just a quick fix; it contributes to your greenhouse’s long-term durability. Early sealing of these small gaps prevents water damage and equips your greenhouse to withstand diverse weather conditions, ensuring it remains a protective haven for your plants year-round.
Before you start the sealing process, it's essential to prepare properly. Here's a checklist to ensure you're ready:
- Inspect Your Greenhouse: Choose a clear day and systematically check for gaps, focusing on areas around roof vents and joints.
- Clean the Surfaces: Remove any dirt, debris, or old sealant from the areas you plan to seal. This helps the new sealant adhere better.
- Check Weather Conditions: Aim for a dry, mild day for your sealing project. Most sealants need time to cure and are best applied without the risk of rain or extreme temperatures.
5 Ways to Seal Gaps in Your Greenhouse
1. Silicone Caulking
Silicone caulking is the ideal solution for those smaller, more precise gaps. Its flexibility ensures a robust seal, perfect for areas like roof vent edges. To apply, snip the tube tip at a 45-degree angle for the correct gap size and use a caulking gun for a steady application. Finish by smoothing over the caulk with a damp finger or tool for a seamless seal.
2. Camper Seal
When dealing with larger gaps or uneven surfaces, camper seal, a foam-based tape, is your best bet. It's simple: measure, cut, and firmly press the adhesive side into place. Its substantial coverage can be enhanced by layering for added thickness, providing a cushion-like barrier against hard surfaces.
Image from Planta Greenhouse owner Bret Fossum.
3. Spray Foam
Spray foam insulation is a standout choice for irregularly shaped or larger gaps. Shake the can well before use, then apply the foam cautiously, avoiding overfilling as it expands. After it cures, trim off any excess for a tidy finish. It's particularly effective in sealing areas where other methods might fall short.
4. Heavy Duty Gaskets
In climates that test your greenhouse's limits, consider upgrading to automotive-grade door gaskets, especially for roof vents. Properly installing and occasionally adjusting these gaskets creates an enhanced waterproof barrier around vulnerable areas. For added reinforcement, simply apply silicone to any cut sections of the seal.
5. Gorilla Tape or Duct Tape
For sealing polycarbonate panels, Gorilla Tape offers a durable, lasting solution. Apply it strategically under straps or along panel edges to combat harsh weather. While it may be an upfront investment, its protection and longevity benefits make it a wise choice for any serious gardener.
Post-Sealing Maintenance Tips
After sealing your greenhouse, a little upkeep goes a long way:
- Regular Checks: Periodically inspect the seals, especially after harsh weather, to ensure they're still effective.
- Quick Repairs: Address small leaks immediately to prevent them from getting worse.
- Clean Seals: Regularly wipe down sealed areas to prevent dirt buildup, which can weaken the sealant.
- Seasonal Inspections: At the start of each season, check your greenhouse thoroughly to catch and sort out any problems early.
Enhance Your Greenhouse’s Weather Resistance
Taking the time to seal your Planta Greenhouse is more than just a maintenance step - it ensures a safe and thriving space for your plants, no matter the weather. Armed with these sealing techniques, you're well-equipped to handle any leaks or drafts that you may encounter.
Why Planta Greenhouses?
- Wind resistant up to 65 mph (learn more about how our greenhouses hold up in high-altitude climates).
- Withstands a snow load of up to 98 psf (480kg/square meter).
- Made with a heavy-duty galvanized steel frame.
- Polycarbonate panels provide 100% protection against UV rays.
- The bell-shaped Sungrow greenhouse allows the wind, snow, and hail to slide off the sides.
- Extendable (Sungrow, Sigma, and Farmer models can be extended beyond 100ft)
- Made in Europe and exclusively imported