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Jared Jensen
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It is supposed to last 25-30 years with an r factor of 1.7 and I was quoted 3000.00 for 2160 squar ft.

sounds reasonable if it lasts as long as they say Any thoughts?

here is the web site

http://www.solawrapfilms.com/
 
Paul Ladendorf
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I considered it and was told it has a 10 year warranty which is as good as I've seen for plastic film. I since decided to go with salvaged glass.
 
Dave Dahlsrud
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I've never seen greenhouse film with a 10 year warranty. What kind is it? Most of what I've seen is only warrantied for 4 years. I'm looking at replacing mine pretty soon is why I ask.
 
J W Richardson
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I am using it for a lean to 10 /26 greenhouse. Second season, can't speak to the uv longevity, but you might already know that it is also known as poly keder and you might find more information under that name. They say they had a test site in Kuwait that was going on 20 years but was destroyed in the gulf war. Read somewhere that folks in Europe are going on thirty. The uv resistance is why I went for it. One should probably compare it to polycarb rather than plastic film.
I really like the way it is performing so far, a somewhat moderated temperature in the summer and the plants seem to love it. I am doing an unheated greenhouse for season extension, hope to add a little geothermal heat storage in the future, planted greens in late September, last salad of the year was for Xmas, started up picking the first of February.
It looks like bubble wrap and in the flat application has some wrinkles, aesthetic problems only. It is made to be applied with the stripping that holds the molded edge and that gives it really high snow load strength. I would love to get some for a hoophouse, am planning on applying for a NRCS grant this year, doibt if they will cover it though. Woulb be really nice to not have to replace film so much.
 
J W Richardson
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Here's a pic from today. I originally thought I would remove all panels during the summer, but just remove the top sides and keep these upper front open.
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David Hogan
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Looking around the web for information on Solawrap by actual consumers has yielded almost nothing. Everything I see is from companies selling it. I even noticed reviews in certain spots with the same names as a couple suppliers. After sending emails to every distributor listed on the Solawrap site only Jonnys Select Seeds got back to me.

Even though they were listed as a distributor they dont currently sell it. In the reply I got they said they were currently trialing it on a few of their farms and would offer it next year (2017).

I would really like to believe in this product but I just cant find enough consumer feedback to support the financial commitment.

Does anyone have anymore first hand experience with this stuff beyond the above replies?

Thank you,
David
 
Dave Dahlsrud
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We redid our greenhouse this summer with the solawrap. I can tell you this much so far....it's tuff stuff! As a retro fit things werent exactly a perfect fit so we had to work pretty hard. Literally bloody fingers and hanging from the stuff to get it to slide through the channels! I ended up making a clamp with an attachment point and hooking it to the winch on the ATV, It pulled pretty well that way, though I did bend one of the galvanized steel ridge perlins! No problems with the snow loads this year, and things are staying good and warm. That's all I've got until this fall.
 
David Hogan
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Thanks Dave !

If this stuff is all its cracked up to be then the price tag is worth it for the claimed longevity. The part that tosses the red flags for me is if this stuff is so bomb digitty and has been in production for several decades, why are so few folks using it or talking about it?

Thanks for the reply.
 
Stephanie Raphael
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J W,
We are also considering Solawrap for our similarly sized, lean-to greenhouse. Which seller did you purchase from? We emailed solawrapfilms.com customer service months ago but no reply. Did you end up buying the 4' wide x 328' long roll for your project and if so how much excess remained? Do you know if anyone sells it in smaller increments?
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any feedback on this stuff?

 
Dave Dahlsrud
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We were able to harvest tomatoes into November this fall which is about a month and a half longer than we were able to do last year!  It handles the snow loads fine and really seems to moderated temperatures and provides a nice diffuse light.  So far it seems like a quality product and is living up to their claims...
 
Walt Chase
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David Hogan wrote:Thanks Dave !

If this stuff is all its cracked up to be then the price tag is worth it for the claimed longevity. The part that tosses the red flags for me is if this stuff is so bomb digitty and has been in production for several decades, why are so few folks using it or talking about it?

Thanks for the reply.


It may be that we here in the US aren't hearing a lot about it is because it is a relatively new thing on our side of the Atlantic.  They have been using it in the UK and Europe for many years. I know several folks here in AK that have it on their high tunnels now and so far the reviews are positive.  Another winter or two will tell a better tale of its longevity in regards to holding up to our long winters and snow loads.
 
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