Attaching greenhouse plastic to a wood frame is a great way to create a warm and inviting growing environment for your plants.
Whether you’re building a new greenhouse or refurbishing an existing one, the process is relatively simple and straightforward.
With the right tools and supplies, you’ll be able to securely attach the greenhouse plastic to the wood frame in no time.
The process involves applying a double-sided adhesive tape, stapling the plastic, and adding a sealant to the edges of the plastic.
With just a few steps and the right supplies, you can easily create a warm and inviting environment for your plants.
Gather supplies and tools
You’ll need a few supplies and tools to properly attach greenhouse plastic to a wood frame. Here are the items you should have on hand before you get started. – Double-sided adhesive tape.
This will be used to attach the greenhouse plastic to the wood frame. Make sure to choose a high-quality tape that’s specifically designed for attaching plastic to wood.
- Roll of Greenhouse plastic. You’ll need a roll of greenhouse plastic to cover the frame. Choose a thickness and type of plastic that will best meet your growing needs.
- Measuring tape. You’ll use this to measure the length of the greenhouse frame. Make sure to also have a pencil or marker on hand to mark the measurements.
- Utility knife. You’ll use this to cut the greenhouse plastic to the correct length. Make sure to use a sharp blade to prevent fraying or ripping.
- Staple gun. You’ll use this to fasten the greenhouse plastic to the wood frame. Make sure to choose a staple gun that’s appropriate for the thickness of your plastic.
- Screwdriver. You’ll use this to secure the corners of the plastic to the frame with screws.
How to attach greenhouse plastic to wood frame
1). Cut the plastic to fit the greenhouse frame
Before you start to attach the greenhouse plastic to the wood frame, you’ll need to cut the plastic to the correct length. To determine the length of the plastic, measure the length of the greenhouse frame vertically from the top to the bottom.
Once you have the measurement, you can cut the plastic to size using a utility knife. To prevent fraying, make sure to use a sharp blade and cut with even strokes. If needed, you can secure the plastic to the ground with stakes. Make sure to use stakes that are appropriate for your region and that won’t puncture the plastic.
2). Apply double-sided adhesive tape
Next, you’ll apply the double-sided adhesive tape to the wood frame. Make sure to apply the tape to the back of the wood frame so it doesn’t show through on the front.
Start at the top of the frame and work your way down. Leave approximately a 2-inch gap between pieces of tape to allow for the plastic to be folded over. When applying the double-sided adhesive tape, make sure to leave no gaps between the tape and the frame.
3.) Staple the plastic to the wood frame
After you’ve applied the double-sided adhesive tape, you can staple the greenhouse plastic to the frame. Make sure the plastic is positioned on the frame as you want it to be once it’s fully attached.
Start from the top of the greenhouse frame and work your way down. Make sure to leave enough space between staples for the plastic to fold over the top of the frame.
Once you’ve attached the top row of plastic, fold the plastic over the top of the frame and attach it on the side of the frame.
4). Seal the edges of the plastic
After you’ve attached the greenhouse plastic to the frame, you can seal the edges of the plastic. While you don’t need to seal the entire length of the plastic, you should seal the edges. This will keep dirt, pests, and other debris out of the greenhouse.
To seal the edges, use a silicon sealant or a similar sealant that’s meant for this purpose. Start from one end of the plastic and work your way across until you’ve sealed the entire edge. The sealant should dry clear, so you won’t be able to see it once it’s dry.
5). Secure the plastic to the frame with screws
If you notice any areas where the plastic is sagging or moving, you can use screws to secure it to the frame. Make sure to only use screws in areas where the plastic overlaps or where it touches the ground.
You don’t want to put excessive pressure on the plastic when attaching it to the frame with screws.
Start from the top and work your way down the greenhouse frame. Make sure to leave a gap between the screw and the plastic to prevent the plastic from being punctured by the screw.
You can use a drill and a screwdriver to secure the greenhouse plastic to the frame with screws.
6). Add additional support to the frame if needed
If you find that your greenhouse plastic isn’t quite sturdy enough to support the plants inside, you can add additional support to the frame. You can do this by attaching a support bar to the top and bottom of the frame with brackets.
Make sure to choose a support bar that is sturdy enough to securely support the greenhouse without sagging. You can also add a few horizontal support bars across the top of the frame to provide extra support.
7). Trim the excess plastic
After the greenhouse frame, the plastic has been secured to the frame, and the sealant has dried, you can trim the excess plastic from the sides of the frame. Use a utility knife to cut the excess plastic from the frame.
Make sure not to cut through the plastic because this will be where the plants are growing. You can also clean up any messes or loose plastic pieces inside the greenhouse.
You can do this with a broom or a shop vac to clean up any loose plastic pieces and prevent them from becoming trapped in the dirt.
8). Clean up any mess
You can use a broom or a shop vac to clean up any loose plastic pieces and prevent them from becoming trapped in the dirt. You can also clean up any messes or loose plastic pieces inside the greenhouse.
Enjoy your newly assembled greenhouse!
When you’re finished, you can proudly enjoy your newly assembled greenhouse. You can use this space to start seeds or transplant existing plants to make room for new plants in your garden. With the right tools and supplies, greenhouse plastic can be easily attached to a wood frame.