With the growing emphasis on organic and locally grown food, hydroponic farming is gaining significant momentum in many countries. According to recent reports, the global hydroponics industry is predicted to grow into a $724.87 million market by 2023.
As a method of growing plants without soil, with added nutrients in a liquid or solution, hydroponics is known to have its roots way back in ancient Babylon and the Middle East. Like any indoor plant cultivation, hydroponic farming, in many cases, relies on controlled environment. In fact, when practiced in a controlled environment, hydroponic systems can be designed to support better crops and higher yield all around the year.
As more and more consumers across the world are taking to healthy and clean eating, restaurants are embracing hydroponics — mainly in the form of vertical walls — to grow their own vegetables. But one of their biggest concerns is to be able to control the expenses involved with hydroponic farming.
Besides factors like temperatures, pH levels, lighting, and nutrient density, there are further considerations aimed at increasing yield and production. One of them is to ensure hydroponic facilities are built using materials that are highly resistant to moisture, can meet structural demands, and don’t react with the nutrient solution.
Therefore, when it comes to choosing the right wall material for hydroponic facilities or grow-rooms, there are four fundamental things to keep in mind:
Trusscore’s PVC wall panel ticks off all the boxes and that’s why it has clear advantages over other materials. Let’s see how.
Trusscore PVC Vs. Other Options for Hydroponic Facilities
Traditionally, concrete, glass, stainless steel, and wood have been used in grow-rooms and hydroponic structures, while fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) is a commonly used material in warmer southern climates. However, all of these materials don’t completely take care of the four fundamentals we discussed above.
Concrete is only good as long as it doesn’t come in contact with the nutrient solution — which, if happens, will change the pH of the solution. Stainless steel is non-toxic but not entirely non-corrosive, which makes it unsuitable for long-term hydroponic applications. Glass is prone to breakage and also, the initial installation is quite expensive. Wood is notorious for absorbing water so it’s not a good option either.
While FRP overcomes most of these issues, it still falls behind in one area — it requires backer made of OSB, plywood or drywall, which makes it susceptible to moisture adsorption and formation of molds over time. Also, FRP incurs higher material and installation costs due to the presence of backer.
Trusscore’s 100% virgin PVC panels are highly durable, impact and chemical resistant, and offer guaranteed protection against moisture. It even beats other plastic and vinyl options due to its best-in-class panel structure, where the thickness of the panel is combined with unique inner webs for outstanding strength — no backer needed!
Plus, Trusscore’s tongue-and-groove interlocking design makes installations nearly 4X faster and 2X more economical than FRP.
In short, Trusscore PVC panels will:
If your goal is to achieve a robust, resilient, and low cost structural material for use in hydroponic facilities, choosing Trusscore PVC can make a world a difference in the output and performance, while enabling you to enjoy significant cost savings.