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Hello. I'm new to this forum, but am a longstanding gardening enthusiast.

I have experienced a problem with the installation of twin-wall polycarbonate panels in my small greenhouse, and I wondered if anyone else has the same problem. I was spurred on by Bunny Guinness’s article in The Telegraph, 10 Nov 2009, extolling the virtues of twin-wall polycarbonate panels to replace horticultural glass. During Spring this year, there were suddenly several suppliers selling polycarbonate online at very tempting prices. I plunged in and bought new panels, together with the aluminium tape and breather tape for sealing top and bottom cut ends respectively. I replaced all the roof panels of my greenhouse, and all seemed well. However, less than 3 months later, the breather tape has come unstuck on all panels, allowing debris and mould to start moving up, inside the channels.

The supplier denies hearing of anyone else having this problem. Please can anyone throw any light on why this breather, ‘anti-dust’ tape has failed to do its job?

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On 24/07/2010 05:34, MrsTrellis wrote:
Hello. I'm new to this forum, but am a longstanding gardening
enthusiast.

I have experienced a problem with the installation of twin-wall
polycarbonate panels in my small greenhouse, and I wondered if anyone
else has the same problem. I was spurred on by Bunny Guinness’s article
in The Telegraph, 10 Nov 2009, extolling the virtues of twin-wall
polycarbonate panels to replace horticultural glass. During Spring this
year, there were suddenly several suppliers selling polycarbonate online
at very tempting prices. I plunged in and bought new panels, together
with the aluminium tape and breather tape for sealing top and bottom cut
ends respectively. I replaced all the roof panels of my greenhouse, and
all seemed well. However, less than 3 months later, the breather tape
has come unstuck on all panels, allowing debris and mould to start
moving up, inside the channels.

The supplier denies hearing of anyone else having this problem. Please
can anyone throw any light on why this breather, ‘anti-dust’ tape has
failed to do its job?





My reply is not very helpful I'm afraid, in that the same thing happened to me when building a car port,
I suspect however that part of the condensation/debris that occupies some of the channels came from an
inadequate seal on the centre fixing buttons which I had to use because the sheets were quite wide.
I've just lived with it, however I can appreciate that a clean car port roof is not as important
as a clean greenhouse roof.
Regards
Don



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On 24 July, 05:34, MrsTrellis
wrote:
Hello. *I'm new to this forum, but am a longstanding gardening
enthusiast.

I have experienced a problem with the installation of twin-wall
polycarbonate panels in my small greenhouse, and I wondered if anyone
else has the same problem. *I was spurred on by Bunny Guinness’s article
in The Telegraph, 10 Nov 2009, extolling the virtues of twin-wall
polycarbonate panels to replace horticultural glass. *During Spring this
year, there were suddenly several suppliers selling polycarbonate online
at very tempting prices. *I plunged in and bought new panels, together
with the aluminium tape and breather tape for sealing top and bottom cut
ends respectively. *I replaced all the roof panels of my greenhouse, and
all seemed well. *However, less than 3 months later, the breather tape
has come unstuck on all panels, allowing debris and mould to start
moving up, inside the channels.

The supplier denies hearing of anyone else having this problem. *Please
can anyone throw any light on why this breather, ‘anti-dust’ tape has
failed to do its job?

--
MrsTrellis


The purpose of the breather tape is to allow the air in the panels to
expand & contract but to keep insects out & drain any condensation
out. This tape is not weather proof it is intended to go beneath a
plastic trim.
I too had this problem. I got round it by fitting weatherpoof tape to
the bottom edge and sticking a few pinholes in it.Seems to be OK at
the moment.
I had plastic trims but the snow just slides downand pushes them off.
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On 24 July, 05:34, MrsTrellis
wrote:
Hello. *I'm new to this forum, but am a longstanding gardening
enthusiast.

I have experienced a problem with the installation of twin-wall
polycarbonate panels in my small greenhouse, and I wondered if anyone
else has the same problem. *I was spurred on by Bunny Guinness’s article
in The Telegraph, 10 Nov 2009, extolling the virtues of twin-wall
polycarbonate panels to replace horticultural glass. *During Spring this
year, there were suddenly several suppliers selling polycarbonate online
at very tempting prices. *I plunged in and bought new panels, together
with the aluminium tape and breather tape for sealing top and bottom cut
ends respectively. *I replaced all the roof panels of my greenhouse, and
all seemed well. *However, less than 3 months later, the breather tape
has come unstuck on all panels, allowing debris and mould to start
moving up, inside the channels.

The supplier denies hearing of anyone else having this problem. *Please
can anyone throw any light on why this breather, ‘anti-dust’ tape has
failed to do its job?

--
MrsTrellis


The purpose of the breather tape is to allow the air in the panels to
expand & contract but to keep insects out & drain any condensation
out. This tape is not weather proof it is intended to go beneath a
plastic trim.
I too had this problem. I got round it by fitting weatherpoof tape to
the bottom edge and sticking a few pinholes in it.Seems to be OK at
the moment.
I had plastic trims but the snow just slides downand pushes them off.
Thanks for the replies. So, basically, the breather tape needs something to hold it in place. Very irritating that the supplier's website omitted the plastic trims in the diagrams for fitting the panels. There was no mention that retaining trims were required.
Can anyone suggest a safe way to clean up the channels before putting on some new barrier? Cotton wool 'buds' dipped in clean water?
Thanks
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On 24 July, 23:04, MrsTrellis
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harry;895281 Wrote:





On 24 July, 05:34, MrsTrellis
wrote:-
Hello. *I'm new to this forum, but am a longstanding gardening
enthusiast.


I have experienced a problem with the installation of twin-wall
polycarbonate panels in my small greenhouse, and I wondered if anyone
else has the same problem. *I was spurred on by Bunny Guinness’s
article
in The Telegraph, 10 Nov 2009, extolling the virtues of twin-wall
polycarbonate panels to replace horticultural glass. *During Spring
this
year, there were suddenly several suppliers selling polycarbonate
online
at very tempting prices. *I plunged in and bought new panels, together
with the aluminium tape and breather tape for sealing top and bottom
cut
ends respectively. *I replaced all the roof panels of my greenhouse,
and
all seemed well. *However, less than 3 months later, the breather tape
has come unstuck on all panels, allowing debris and mould to start
moving up, inside the channels.


The supplier denies hearing of anyone else having this problem.
*Please
can anyone throw any light on why this breather, ‘anti-dust’ tape has
failed to do its job?


--
MrsTrellis-


The purpose of the breather tape is to allow the air in the panels to
expand & contract but to keep insects out & drain any condensation
out. This tape is not weather proof it is intended to go beneath a
plastic trim.
I too had this problem. *I got round it by fitting weatherpoof tape to
the bottom edge and sticking a few pinholes in it.Seems to be OK at
the moment.
I had plastic trims but the snow just slides downand pushes them off.


Thanks for the replies. *So, basically, the breather tape needs
something to hold it in place. *Very irritating that the supplier's
website omitted the plastic trims in the diagrams for fitting the
panels. *There was no mention that retaining trims were required.
Can anyone suggest a safe way to clean up the channels before putting on
some new barrier? *Cotton wool 'buds' dipped in clean water?
Thanks

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Hah, You have a problem there! I had to take panels off & fill them
up/soaked with bleach. Then hosed them out. Still didn't get rid of
it all. Panels only go on one way up BTW. The outside is UV
proofed. They will crack up eventually if you fit them the wrong way.


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On 24 July, 23:04, MrsTrellis
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harry;895281 Wrote:





On 24 July, 05:34, MrsTrellis
wrote:-
Hello. *I'm new to this forum, but am a longstanding gardening
enthusiast.


I have experienced a problem with the installation of twin-wall
polycarbonate panels in my small greenhouse, and I wondered if anyone
else has the same problem. *I was spurred on by Bunny Guinness’s
article
in The Telegraph, 10 Nov 2009, extolling the virtues of twin-wall
polycarbonate panels to replace horticultural glass. *During Spring
this
year, there were suddenly several suppliers selling polycarbonate
online
at very tempting prices. *I plunged in and bought new panels, together
with the aluminium tape and breather tape for sealing top and bottom
cut
ends respectively. *I replaced all the roof panels of my greenhouse,
and
all seemed well. *However, less than 3 months later, the breather tape
has come unstuck on all panels, allowing debris and mould to start
moving up, inside the channels.


The supplier denies hearing of anyone else having this problem.
*Please
can anyone throw any light on why this breather, ‘anti-dust’ tape has
failed to do its job?


--
MrsTrellis-


The purpose of the breather tape is to allow the air in the panels to
expand & contract but to keep insects out & drain any condensation
out. This tape is not weather proof it is intended to go beneath a
plastic trim.
I too had this problem. *I got round it by fitting weatherpoof tape to
the bottom edge and sticking a few pinholes in it.Seems to be OK at
the moment.
I had plastic trims but the snow just slides downand pushes them off.


Thanks for the replies. *So, basically, the breather tape needs
something to hold it in place. *Very irritating that the supplier's
website omitted the plastic trims in the diagrams for fitting the
panels. *There was no mention that retaining trims were required.
Can anyone suggest a safe way to clean up the channels before putting on
some new barrier? *Cotton wool 'buds' dipped in clean water?
Thanks

--
MrsTrellis- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -


Hah, You have a problem there! I had to take panels off & fill them
up/soaked with bleach. Then hosed them out. Still didn't get rid of
it all. Panels only go on one way up BTW. The outside is UV
proofed. They will crack up eventually if you fit them the wrong way.
Thanks for that Harry. If the bleach did no harm to the plastic then that is helpful information. I do know that polycarbonate is 'stress-crack sensitive', ie contact with some chemicals/detergents/adhesives will cause cracking - just like fine crazing all over. I will soldier on!
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On 24/07/2010 05:34, MrsTrellis wrote:
Hello. I'm new to this forum, but am a longstanding gardening
enthusiast.

I have experienced a problem with the installation of twin-wall
polycarbonate panels in my small greenhouse, and I wondered if anyone
else has the same problem. I was spurred on by Bunny Guinness’s article
in The Telegraph, 10 Nov 2009, extolling the virtues of twin-wall
polycarbonate panels to replace horticultural glass. During Spring this
year, there were suddenly several suppliers selling polycarbonate online
at very tempting prices. I plunged in and bought new panels, together
with the aluminium tape and breather tape for sealing top and bottom cut
ends respectively. I replaced all the roof panels of my greenhouse, and
all seemed well. However, less than 3 months later, the breather tape
has come unstuck on all panels, allowing debris and mould to start
moving up, inside the channels.

The supplier denies hearing of anyone else having this problem. Please
can anyone throw any light on why this breather, ‘anti-dust’ tape has
failed to do its job?


Wrong sort of breather tape possibly, or improper application of it to a
greasy surface so that the tape did not stick as well as it should. Mine
did eventually come unstuck after about 10 years. I used hitack
weatherproof aluminium tape on the ends that would be exposed to the
weather and the breather tape on the dry end under the aluminium ridge.

Regards,
Martin Brown


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