Our greenhouse shade cloth is UV stabilized, rot and mildew resistant, and has an 8-year warranty with a 16-year life expectancy. Shade cloth is an important component of your greenhouse to keep your plants safe during the intense summer heat.
Shade cloths protect the plants with light diffusion and UV protection. They also help to keep your greenhouse cool, improve plant ventilation, reduce water usage, and help to prevent sunburn on plants.
You will want the cloth to cover from hip to hip on your hoop house or cover loosely over the desired area that needs protection. Install clips to secure the shade cloth every 24-36". Shade cloth can also be installed using lock channel and spring wire. Check out this video tutorial on how to add shade cloth to a high tunnel greenhouse.
Here are some quick conversions -
(Match Length of Shade Cloth with Length of Structure)
|Hoop House Width||Shade Cloth Width Recommendation|
||20' (20' for Gothic)|
|14'||20' (32' for Gothic)|
|20'||32' (42' for Gothic)|
Need help determining which % shade cloth to get?
Choose shade density based on climate, plant's light needs, and heat sensitivities.
|30%||Northern Zones - Mixed Vegetables|
|50%||Southern Zones & Tomatoes, Lettuce, Mixed Crops|
30% (left) vs. 50% (right)
Because each order is custom cut we can not accept returns once the item has shipped.
BENEFITS OF USING SHADE CLOTHHEAT REDUCTION
Through the reduction of greenhouse heat, shade cloth can help create microclimates during the hot summer months, reducing ambient heat by more than 10 degrees.SEASON EXTENSION
Normally, some crops such as lettuce don’t fare well during the summer heat, but shade cloth can help reduce temperatures and extend the growing season well into the summer months.LIGHT DIFFUSION
The damages caused by too much direct sunlight on plants can be mitigated through the use of shade cloth.REDUCED WATER CONSUMPTION/ENERGY USE
A reduction in temperatures results in a need to irrigate less frequently. In addition, with the use of shade cloth, less energy is spent cooling greenhouses in other ways.PESTICIDE REDUCTION
When some plants get too hot, they can become stressed and unhealthy, allowing insects to do damage. The use of shade cloth allows plants that may have been susceptible to heat stress to grow healthy and strong, enabling the plant to ward off much of the insect pressure and subsequent pesticide use.INCREASED PRODUCT QUALITY & BETTER YIELDS
When pants are strong, healthy, and are grown in optimal conditions, they produce better yields. Increases in blossom and fruit set are apparent when temperatures are moderated, making shade cloth an indispensable part of any grower’s tool kit.PLANTS THAT BENEFIT FROM SHADE CLOTH
50% shade cloth is can be used to aid with growing a variety of flowers during the summer (orchids, camellias, azaleas, and African violets) and is also a perfect aid for peppers, lettuce, nursery stock, and potted plants. Shade-loving plants can thrive during the summer months under this shade cloth. Some lettuces, spinach, and other greens can be extended well into the summer using 50% shade cloth.
Rolls over 120 lbs must ship via motor freight. We will notify you if your order requires this shipping method.
A few things to be aware of on orders shipping motor freight (semi):
Most products will ship from our facility in 1 to 2 business days after the order is placed. Express shipments placed after 12PM EST will be shipped out next business day. Full details can be found on our Shipping Policy Page
Returns can be made on most products within 30 days of purchase. After 30 days we unable to offer a refund or exchange. Certain products are non-returnable. For full details visit our Returns Policy
Can you cut the shade cloth? Maybe in half?
We custom cut the length only once. If you would like your piece cut in half, you can either order two smaller sizes or cut it yourself. Our shade cloth is knitted in a way that prevents it from unraveling when cut.
Are the edges finished in any way?
The edges are finished but the way in which the shade cloth is knitted prevents it from unraveling.
Does your shade cloth have grommets built in?
No there are no grommets built in.