Replacing broken glass

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  1. Carllennon

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    Hi All,

    I have my first greenhouse with my house purchase, there are several panes that are broken. I found this website that seems pretty cheap and cut to size for replacements that are acrylic instead of glass
    Replacement Acrylic Greenhouse Glazing Cut To Size

    Is acrylic any good?

    can anyone recommend any other site to get made to measure panes from?

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    pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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    Acrylic is pretty good in my experience and stays clear without any yellowing.
    I dont use it these days, but I did used to buy it at Wickes and cut it myself, pretty easy with a fine tooth saw.

    I still prefer glass, if it is not a safety issue.
    Easy from a local glazier, I'd not get bogged down with buying online.
     
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      Hi,

      Think you will find that Acrylic is about twice the price of 3mm glass.
      Also you will find that Acrylic can bow quiet easily and sometimess a strong wind can pop it out.

      Most garden centers or local glass merchants sell 600x600 or 600x450mm standard sheets of 3mm horticultural glass for £5 or less; the latter will usually cut to a smaller size/shape for free if you need it.

      As Pete mentions if safety is an issue then Acrylic or toughened glass it the thing to use.

      If safety and insulation is a long term goal, then 10mm twinwall polycarbonate (wickes etc) will just fit many standard aluminium greenhouses, though you do not get a totally clear view thought it.
       
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        I used acrylic sheets to make one of my cold frames. Never had any problems with it. Coming up to 4 years old.

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          Hi,

          Those sheets look nice and thick and well held in place.:)

          Have seen folk fit acrylic into the narrow aluminium greenhouse profiles and they look very loose /bendy even across a 2 ft width. Even worse if you buy the very thin cheaper sheets.
           
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          They are thicker than the polycarbonate sections in my greenhouses but both I can throw a hammer at the greenhouse and it won't break. Might scratch it a little but no shattering.
           
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          If you have a Green House Retailer near you, you will find they will be able supply glass panes to fit.:coffee::snorky:
           
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