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How to repair a polycarbonate greenhouse with your own hands

 How to repair a polycarbonate greenhouse with your own hands


There are polycarbonate greenhouses in almost every garden area. Like any structure, this structure gradually falls into disrepair; regular maintenance and repairs are required to extend its life. Most often, problems arise after winter - the foundation, frame, the coating itself does not withstand the weight of snow or gusts of wind. Most damage can be repaired by yourself.

Recommendations for various types of damage

The greenhouse should be inspected every spring for damage. Once you find them, start repairs as soon as possible so as not to aggravate the problem.

Repairing the frame

To repair a metal frame, you will need the following:

  • vice;
  • pipe bender;
  • welding machine;
  • pieces of metal strip;
  • anti-corrosion coating.

If the greenhouse is inspected and repaired regularly, in a timely manner and with high quality, it will serve the gardener for many years.

Materials and tools for repairing a wooden greenhouse:

  • boards and bars;
  • saw;
  • nails;
  • a hammer;
  • antiseptic impregnation.

The most common cause of frame problems is deformation under the weight of snow. It can be made of metal or polypropylene pipes, wood. Metal gradually rusts, wood rots. This also needs to be monitored by timely updating the protective coating.

If the gardener does not have the opportunity to regularly visit the site in winter and clear the greenhouse of snow, the structure often simply cannot withstand its weight.

Deformed metal parts are removed and straightened with a pipe bender, holding in a vice. If there are gaps, additional stiffening ribs are welded, first straightening the part and eliminating the damage.

Photo gallery: repairing damage to the metal frame

After that, it is necessary to renew the protective anti-corrosion coating. When metal bends, it usually cracks or peels off altogether.

Under the weight of snow, not only polycarbonate breaks, but also the frame itself

The wooden frame is repaired by reinforcing the damaged bars or boards with an additional element or two, overlapping the affected area with a certain margin in length. You can also use a strip, a metal corner of the corresponding width. Then, an antiseptic treatment is required.

Timber frame, reinforced with metal strip or corner, better withstands the weight of snow

For prevention, if a snowy winter is predicted, it is recommended to strengthen the greenhouse from the inside by installing several T-shaped stops or jibs and resting them on the roof and floor.

Supports installed in the greenhouse since autumn reduce the risk of damage to the frame

Installation of new arcs

You will need:

  • new arcs (or pipe sections of suitable length, pipe bender and vice);
  • screwdriver (or wrench and screwdriver);
  • self-tapping screws with washers.

Metal and plastic arches for greenhouses and greenhouses of different sizes are sold in most hardware stores, as a rule, complete with fasteners

New arcs for a greenhouse made of metal or polypropylene can be bought at a hardware store or you can make them yourself by bending pipe sections of suitable length with a pipe bender. But the latter requires certain experience and skills in working with the apparatus.

If serious damage to the frame is found after winter, it is more expedient to remove the polycarbonate, disassemble it in whole or in part, replace the arcs and reassemble the greenhouse. Also, new arcs are mounted if it is necessary to strengthen the frame. The optimal distance between them is 0.5–0.65 m. Although in some ready-made kits for assembling greenhouses, it is about 1 m. It depends on the thickness of the polycarbonate sheets.

The width of the spaces between the arcs depends on the thickness of the polycarbonate sheets

The intermediate arches holding the polycarbonate are fixed to the longitudinal struts at the base of the greenhouse. The reliability of the design must be checked. Just try to shake it with your hands.

New arcs are necessarily fixed at the base, sometimes the design provides for the presence of one or more spacers closer to the greenhouse ceiling

Repairing the foundation

What you may need:

  • epoxy glue or resin;
  • cement and sand;
  • metal brush, chisel;
  • trowel or spatula;
  • dry concrete;
  • screwdriver.

If the foundation for the greenhouse is made of high quality, its damage after winter is a rather rare occurrence.

The foundation must be inspected especially carefully, otherwise the greenhouse may simply collapse. Very shallow cracks are covered with epoxy glue. It is simply squeezed over the damage, allowed to dry and the surface is cleaned.

Shallow cracks in the foundation are sealed without touching the structure itself; it is better not to risk large-scale damage - the greenhouse may simply collapse

More noticeable cracks are covered with cement mortar:

  1. M400 cement and sand mixed in a ratio of 1: 4, dilute with water until a homogeneous thick pasty mass is achieved.
  2. From the edges of the crack, clean off concrete chips, dust and dirt particles and spray them with water for better "adhesion".
  3. Apply the solution evenly.
  4. When the cement mix slightly "grasps", flatten it, restoring the plane of the foundation.
  5. Cover the damaged area with a damp cloth for 2-3 days so that the cement dries evenly.

Use freshly prepared cement mortar to seal cracks

With extensive damage, proceed as follows:

  1. Detach the greenhouse frame from the foundation, lift it up on the supports or move it.
  2. Clean off dirt, dust, concrete chips with a stiff metal brush.
  3. Increasing the perimeter of the foundation by 5–7 cm on each side and 2–3 cm in height, install a formwork made of boards around.
  4. Fill the formwork with concrete (M250). You can remove the boards in 3-4 days, the foundation will completely dry out in 25-30 days.
  5. Replace the frame.

Serious damage to the foundation requires its complete restoration

Replacing polycarbonate

Required materials and tools:

  • polycarbonate sheets;
  • screwdriver;
  • self-tapping screws;
  • connecting profile;
  • drill and drill for metal.

Replacing polycarbonate in a greenhouse alone is quite difficult, it is better to enlist someone's help

Polycarbonate can be changed in separate sheets or completely. It depends on the extent of the damage. Sheets are removed and new ones are installed, as when installing a greenhouse for the first time. It is advisable to fix them on a wooden frame, focusing on the already existing holes and using self-tapping screws of a larger diameter. In the metal frame, you can use the same screws and thermal washers with which the old polycarbonate sheet was attached. If for some reason it is impossible to use the holes remaining in the metal arcs, you must first drill new ones.

To fix polycarbonate on the greenhouse frame, special self-tapping screws are needed

Do not tighten the screws too much, the polycarbonate may crack.

It would seem that screwing in a self-tapping screw is an easy task, but in the case of polycarbonate there are some nuances

Sealing holes and cracks

Holes and cracks in polycarbonate are the most common damage. For repairs, you may find it useful:

  • scotch tape or electrical tape;
  • liquid nail glue or silicone plumbing sealant;
  • glue for rubber;
  • alcohol or solvent;
  • small pieces of polycarbonate for patches;
  • knife or scissors;
  • glue brush;
  • sandpaper;
  • hairdryer.

High-quality polycarbonate will last at least five years, low-quality polycarbonate may not survive even the first winter

A temporary solution for small cracks is tape or duct tape. The "patch" will soon come off under the influence of temperature extremes, heat and moisture.

Liquid nails or silicone sealant will help hermetically seal cracks. The initially viscous material hardens over time. The edges of the cracks must be cleaned of dust, shavings, dry the water in the combs with a hairdryer, if any. The surface is degreased with alcohol, glue or sealant is applied on top. As a rule, the container has a dispenser. Or you can use an assembly gun.

It is better to close holes in polycarbonate right away, without resorting to temporary solutions to problems such as adhesive tape and electrical tape

Polycarbonate patches are a suitable solution for small holes. They are applied from the outside and should protrude 2–4 cm beyond the edges of the damage. The edges of the hole and patches are sanded if necessary to remove small chips.

The polycarbonate patch should completely cover the hole, protruding from its edges by 2-4 cm

On both surfaces, wiping them with alcohol or solvent, apply rubber glue with a brush, connect and allow to dry. To prevent water from getting into the polycarbonate honeycomb on the patch, it can be pre-glued around the perimeter with a special sealing tape or, when the glue dries, apply a sanitary sealant along the edge.

Sealing tape for polycarbonate prevents water, dust and so on from getting into the honeycomb

On curved surfaces, temporarily fix the patch with self-tapping screws:

  1. Apply sealant around the hole.
  2. Apply the cut patch to the damage and screw it on with self-tapping screws.
  3. Wait for the required time, allowing the sealant to dry (indicated in the instructions).
  4. Apply sealant around the patch to ensure a watertight seal.
  5. Unscrew the screws. Fill the remaining holes with sealant too.

The only thing that cannot be done in this case is to try to "fuse" the edges of the cracks. The toxic combustion products of polycarbonate are hazardous to health.

It is better to repair a polycarbonate greenhouse immediately "overhaul", scotch tape and electrical tape are a short-term solution

Safety engineering

When working with any tool, serious injury is possible, so do not forget about safety measures:

  • work only with gloves, wear shoes with non-slip soles, comfortable clothing that does not restrict movement;
  • use only serviceable hand and power tools;
  • before installing large pieces of polycarbonate, securely fasten the frame, approach the structure only from the leeward side, otherwise it may topple over, and the sheet may turn into a "sail" under the gusts of wind;
  • keep children away from the workplace.

When working with any tool, we must not forget about personal protective equipment and safety measures.

Video instructions

Videos make the greenhouse renovation process clearer.

Video: operating and caring for a polycarbonate greenhouse

Video: foundation for a greenhouse

Video: do-it-yourself greenhouse arcs

Video: installation of the greenhouse frame

Video: mounting and fixing polycarbonate on the frame

Video: repairing cracks in concrete

High-quality timely repairs extend the life of the polycarbonate greenhouse. The most serious test for a structure is winter, so in the spring it is necessary to carefully inspect the structure. Most of the identified problems can be eliminated with your own hands if you have the necessary materials and tools.


Polycarbonate greenhouse repair

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Greenhouses and greenhouses made of polycarbonate, like any other buildings, require constant maintenance and periodic repairs. Timely minor greenhouse repairs and regular maintenance will help reduce the cost of greenhouse repairs in the future.

Types of work on the repair of polycarbonate greenhouses:

  • frame restoration
  • replacement of frame arcs
  • replacement of screeds
  • replacement of ends and partitions of the greenhouse frame assembly (carried out with complete disassembly of the frame)
  • replacement of polycarbonate greenhouse roofing sheets
  • repair of the foundation (carried out after complete disassembly of the frame)

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The cost of restoration work is from 3000 rubles. When replacing arcs, installation and dismantling of polycarbonate is free of charge. You can clarify the cost by phone.

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We will repair the greenhouse and eliminate even the most complex damage. We do all kinds of necessary work: from replacing polycarbonate to repairing the foundation. In some cases, it may be necessary to completely disassemble the framework.

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Microorganisms to the rescue!

However, it is better to heal the soil in the greenhouse and in the whole area in a natural way. The first assistant in increasing the beneficial microorganisms in the earth is high-quality compost. In a tomato greenhouse, I usually add it once every 2 years (a bucket per 1 square meter) in the fall for digging, and for peppers and cucumbers - annually.

If there is no compost, after harvesting plant residues, it is possible to spill the soil well with fermented herbal infusion, then loosen it to a depth of 5-7 cm and sow green manure. From the point of view of improving the soil, crops of winter rye and white mustard are especially useful (but in a greenhouse it is better to replace rye with wheat, oats or rapeseed: after them it is easier to cultivate the land). After 4-5 weeks, their roots are cut with a flat cutter - and that's it! The rest of the work will be completed by microorganisms.

It is better if the autumn soil treatment with biological products is carried out immediately after the last harvest. As the higher soil temperature favors the reproduction of beneficial microorganisms.

Microbiological technologies can be of great help in the autumn recovery of the soil in the greenhouse. Biological products saturate the soil with useful microflora, increase its biological activity, and improve its structure. By using biological products together with organic fertilizers, their capabilities can be increased several times.

The following biological products help to restore soil fertility after a hard summer 2-3 weeks before frost:

  • Fitosporin "Golden Autumn", which is intended for application to the soil in autumn after harvest or in spring: dissolve 5 ml in 10 liters of water. this solution is enough for 2 sq.m.
  • Vostok EM-1, BakSib F... The soil in the greenhouse is loosened with a flat cutter, mulched with a thick layer of fallen leaves, mowed grass, then lightly sprinkled with earth on top and watered with a preparation diluted with water in a ratio of 1: 100 at the rate of 1-2 liters of working solution per 1 sq. m. The preparations should be used at soil temperatures above + 10 ° C. Sowing siderates (mustard, rapeseed, lupine and others) on green fertilizer should be carried out no earlier than 2-3 weeks after treatment
  • Baikal-EM... Weeds or green manure are pruned with a flat cutter, deepening the blade by 1-2 cm. Then, without removing them. the soil is watered with a solution of Baikal-EM at a concentration of 1: 100-200 (2-4 p / m2). When applied in the fall for each bucket of water, add 1 tbsp to the irrigation solution. a spoonful of sugar or jam. The effect is enhanced by subsequent mulching with semi-decomposed organic matter (sawdust, straw, leaves, plant residues ...) or sprinkling with ordinary earth.The use of the drug allows not only to improve the health of the soil, but also to increase the availability of nutrients contained in the soil to plants.

There are many opportunities for pathogens to enter the greenhouse from the environment immediately after you carry out eradication measures. To create sterile conditions in it, no matter how hard you try, the wasp will not succeed. This means that in the fight against greenhouse infection, it is much more important not to use eradication measures, but to eliminate favorable conditions for its development.


DIY plastic bottle greenhouse

"The method is laborious, but worthwhile"

Our weather is changeable. but my greenhouse always helps me out. It is always warm in it. And if necessary, you can easily ventilate it, since there are opening windows.

The cover is assembled from plastic soda bottles.

The method is this: we cut out the middle of the bottles, with the ends of 1 cm we put both parts one on top of the other, one with the concave side and the other with the convex side, with an awl we pierce the holes on the board, and then we sew it with a needle and a fishing line - we get a canvas from two bottles, we make them as much as we need. We sew together to the required length of the canvas and nail it to the frame or to the slats. And no expensive materials are needed. The method is laborious, but for 5 years now the greenhouse has been pleasing us with harvests.

Now the season is longer

Water enters the pipes through a boiler installed in the house (pumped by a circulation pump). The greenhouse is located at a distance of 3 m from the house, the pipes between them were dug into the ground and insulated.

To use the heat efficiently, the greenhouse itself had to be insulated. Of course, we filled up all the cracks in the frames, but in addition, we additionally covered the greenhouse with heat-insulating film with "pimples".

At first, of course, they feared that such heating would burn up a lot of electricity. But the fears were in vain. We turn on the boiler only in extremely cold weather, at night, and during the day the greenhouse consumes the accumulated heat. And even then we heat the greenhouse only in spring and autumn.

Now our gardening season begins in early spring with seedlings. We begin to receive the first harvest in early June, and the greenhouse gives us the last fruits of our labors in late autumn.


Repair of greenhouse elements

Repairs usually refer to urgent work, if they are not done on time, the damage increases, and the operation of the greenhouse becomes impossible. With timely correction of deficiencies, repair costs can be significantly reduced.

Full or partial replacement of polycarbonate

Partial replacement is performed when individual sections of the polycarbonate are damaged. They are cut with a sharp knife along the lines of the frame, the cuts are insulated with a special tape. A piece is cut out of a new piece of polycarbonate according to the size of the removed damaged area and connected to the existing sheets using a connecting profile.

Complete replacement of polycarbonate may be required in several cases:

  • with clouding and yellowing of sheets, with improper installation or operation, as well as with poor-quality material
  • with faults and cracks of a large area
  • with multiple minor injuries, for example, from severe hail.

With a complete replacement, the polycarbonate sheets are removed, and new ones are attached in their place using conventional technology. In this case, it is better to mount through the existing holes in the frame with self-tapping screws with a larger diameter thread. If this is not possible, all holes in the metal frame are sealed with sealant. Otherwise, moisture will enter them and corrosion will begin.

Note! Yellowing of polycarbonate is possible with improper fastening - with the UV protective layer down. If the transparency of the sheets has decreased slightly at the same time, it is permissible to remove the polycarbonate and fix it correctly. This will stop further cloudiness.

Sealing cracks and punctures

Cracks and small punctures in polycarbonate can be repaired with transparent silicone sealant. To do this, water and dust are removed from the cavities, the edges are cleaned from burrs and the sealant is carefully injected into each hole using an assembly gun.

All damaged polycarbonate honeycombs must be filled with sealant to create sealed chambers. Do not smear excess sealant on the surface of the sheet, it is better to wait until dry and carefully cut them off with a sharp knife.

Large longitudinal cracks can be glued with a special sealing tape on both sides or fastened with a special connecting profile. Transverse cracks are connected in a similar way, having previously sealed the internal cavities.

Blowing out internal cavities from water and dust

When filling the inner honeycomb of polycarbonate with condensate and dust, the transparency decreases by 20-50%, which leads to a decrease in illumination in the greenhouse. This happens when improperly installed without the use of a sealing tape and an end profile.

Compressed air is used to clean the internal cavities - for example, from a car compressor. The sheets are removed or removed from the fasteners at the bottom of the arch, the air stream is directed into each cavity until it is completely blown out.

After cleaning, the ends of the polycarbonate are glued with a perforated sealing tape and an end profile is installed on them. Then the sheets are mounted in place.

Frame repair

Damage to the frame is possible due to severe corrosion or decay, as well as under the influence of the severity of the snow. With a strong deformation, the greenhouse is easier to disassemble and, having bought new elements instead of damaged ones, reassemble. If the deformation of the frame is negligible, it can be repaired.

The bent parts of the metal frame are removed, straightened, clamped in a vice, and then set in place. In this case, a touch-up may be required - when the metal is deformed, the protective coating usually cracks and peels off. In case of severe corrosion, the damaged area is replaced or an additional stiffener is welded above and below the damaged area.

The wooden frame is repaired by replacing damaged parts or reinforcing them with a bar, board or metal strip. After fixing, it is imperative to carry out treatment with an antiseptic.

Note! To avoid similar damage in the future, the weak points of the greenhouse are strengthened with additional supports or jibs, and the foci of corrosion are regularly treated with protective agents.

Foundation repair

The cracks found in the foundation are sealed with cement mortar. To do this, take 1 part of Portland cement grade M400, 4 parts of sand, mix with water to a thick solution. The edges of the cracks are cleaned to a solid base, moistened with water and sealed with a solution. For small cracks, epoxy glue can be used.

Extensive damage to the foundation is repaired as follows.

Step 1. The fixing of the greenhouse to the foundation is unscrewed or loosened. The greenhouse is raised and placed on wooden blocks so as to provide access to the surface of the foundation. Weak and crumbling places in the foundation are removed, the side surface is cleaned of dirt with a metal brush.

Step 2. From boards or shields, formwork is performed around the foundation at a distance of 5-7 cm. The height of the formwork should be slightly higher than the upper plane of the foundation.

Step 3. The space between the formwork and the foundation is poured with concrete of the M250 brand, being careful not to fill the mounting holes. The concrete is punched to remove air bubbles.

Step 4. Drying of concrete (as well as a set of operational strength) occurs within 3-4 weeks, but you can remove the formwork and put the greenhouse on it in 2-3 days. By this time, the initial setting of the concrete will take place.

Note! The greenhouse foundation can be made of timber. When it decays, damaged bars are replaced with new ones, pre-soaked with an antiseptic or used oil.

Video - How to avoid problems when operating a greenhouse

Timely maintenance and repair of the greenhouse will extend the service life by 2-3 times, while the time and money spent on repairing damage will be minimal. With good care, a polycarbonate greenhouse will serve you for at least 15 years, delighting you with an excellent harvest.


Installation of polycarbonate

We install cellular polycarbonate on any metal structures, carports, gazebos and canopies, greenhouses and hotbeds. The need to replace polycarbonate depends on the quality and density of raw materials. If you initially mount high-quality polycarbonate on greenhouses or a carport, then it will not have to be changed for 20 years. Our experts will carry out the installation of replacing cellular polycarbonate for your greenhouse or carport at no extra cost. 100% quality.

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Restoration of the frame of the greenhouse, both wood and metal.

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Replacement of part or all of the entire greenhouse cover with cellular polycarbonate.

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Manufacturing of new doors and vents for the greenhouse.

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Sealing gaps in the greenhouse and sealing holes.

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Strengthening the frame with props.

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Manufacturing and installation of the foundation for the greenhouse.

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Installation of additional automatic greenhouse vents.

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Replacement of greenhouse fasteners.

Blowing out cellular polycarbonate with compressed air.

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If the frame is skewed, leveling it and strengthening with props.

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Greenhouse treatment with special agents against corrosion, mold, and harmful microorganisms.

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Installation of protective elements for polycarbonate from dirt, dust, plants, worms and moisture.

Replacing old hinges on doors and greenhouse vents.

Installation of galvanized beds in the greenhouse

Installation of automatic irrigation in the greenhouse


Required tools

To create the highest quality and durable greenhouse, you will need to use reliable and accurate tools, including a tape measure, a shovel, hammers and nails. In addition, you cannot do without such materials and tools as metal structures and square pipes, thermal washers and wooden boards, a concrete mixer, a primer and welding units. These devices are necessary in order to build a greenhouse with a concrete foundation.

In this process, close attention should be paid to the fastening of polycarbonate sheets, since in the process of use they experience enormous loads every day. That's why installed thermal washers should be of high quality, and their installation should be carried out as responsibly and accurately... Only in this case it will be possible to build a polycarbonate greenhouse that will meet all modern standards and will be able to last as long as possible.


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