At a time when soil is less fertile and water is becoming extremely scarce, hydroponic methods of agriculture is becoming popular and in a few years might even replace traditional farming methods. Also, it is not very difficult to understand why people are becoming increasingly drawn towards starting indoor hydroponics facilities. While commercial outdoor farmers have to face seasonal and weather changes, and invasive pests, indoor farming is more controlled and devoid of such disturbing elements. As per reports, the hydroponic industry is estimated to become a $724.87 million market by the year 2023.
Hydroponic farming’s roots can be traced to the Middle East and ancient Babylon. As mentioned before, indoor hydroponic farming is dependent on controlled environment and it is a method of growing plants without the use of soil. Since the environment is controlled, this form of farming yields better quality crops and shortens the harvest time.
Since consumers worldwide are embracing clean, healthy eating, restaurants are turning out to be the biggest patrons of hydroponic farming, especially in the form of vertical walls where they grow their own produce or vegetables. But, controlling the expenses and maintaining factors like, pH levels, temperatures, nutrient density and lighting are some of the biggest concerns.
If you are thinking of venturing into indoor hydroponics farming and have your own facility, one thing that you have to ensure is building your facility with the right materials that can meet structural demands, are resistant to moisture and do not react with the nutrient solution. For this, you can check out PVC wall panel suppliers like Duramax. You may argue that FRP panels are cheaper than PVC panels, but below given are some of the reasons that make PVC a better choice.
Highly moisture resistant
PVC panels are highly resistant to water and moisture. As you know, hydroponic farming involves growing plants without the use of soil, but it needs water. If your wall panels absorb moisture, they will start to rot and peel off. But, that’s not the case with PVC panels. On the other hand, FRP panels require backer made of drywall, plywood or OSB, which is susceptible to absorbing moisture and overtime, mold formation takes place.
Resistant to chemicals
PVC panels are resistant to chemicals, and therefore, there is no fear of the wall panels reacting with the nutrient combination that you are using for indoor farming. Also, PVC panels have anti-mold characteristics.
Quick and easy installation
You would want to keep the expenses of setting up your hydroponics facilities to a minimum. If you opt for installing FRP wall board, you would need additional backers, materials and labor for its installation. On the other hand, PVC panels only have to be assembled and they do not need any additional parts. As they’re lightweight, you can assemble the parts yourself without additional help.
If you want robust, competitively priced and long-lasting material for your indoor hydroponics facility, reach out to Duramax.