A good greenhouse floor should not only create an excellent place for you to walk on, but it should also ensure proper drainage and prevent pests and weeds from gaining access to your structure. An effective floor should also insulate the greenhouse from cold. Greenhouse flooring options come in different types that range from wood, rubber, gravel, and cement. Your prospective floor should be dependent on your specific needs as explained below.
Concrete floors are great for sanitation purposes in addition to preventing weeds from growing inside your structure. These floors are known to trap a lot of heat, which means that they are not a good choice for people who are struggling to keep their greenhouses cool. However, they are the perfect solution for areas where greenhouses need supplemental heating. They are also great for keeping underground pests such as moles and gophers at bay. If, however, you spend a lot of time in your greenhouse, it is recommended that you lay rubber mats on top of your concrete floor to provide a soft surface for added comfort when walking or working.
This flooring material neither keeps nor returns a significant amount of heat to the structure at night. They also don’t hold water, which means that your structure will not flood upon irrigating the plants. However, if you prefer this flooring option to any other type, you will need to install heavy geotextiles before pouring gravel in a bid to keep out weeds. Gravel floors are often preferred because they’re incredibly easy to install.
Reputable commercial greenhouse manufacturers recommend that wooden flooring be installed on three or four inches of crushed stone. This type of flooring is easy to clean and drains excellently. Since wood is a superb water absorber, it makes an ideal flooring material for greenhouses whose location is low humid areas. You can spray them with water to give your plants added humidity during the hot summer months. Also, if you opt for this type of flooring, you will have to lay a weed cloth or mat to prevent your plants from becoming infested by unwanted undergrowth.
The flooring of a commercial greenhouse is an important aspect that can affect both your comfort and the success of your business. While there is a wide range of flooring options to choose from, a good floor should protect your plants from weeds and pests while still providing a comfortable surface for you to walk or work. Your prospective flooring option should also be determined by the climatic conditions of the location where your structure will be set.