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Keep it tight, people…

Keeping your polythene tight on your polytunnel is very important. It doesn’t just prolong the lifespan of your polythene (our polythene is supplied with a 5-year incremental guarantee, however, a 12-15 year lifespan isn’t uncommon if it’s looked after) but keeping the polythene tensioned also reduces the amount of damage your polytunnel can potentially receive during high winds.

Vibration is the enemy… A tight and tensioned polytunnel cover not only keeps out the wind, it avoids the polythene from flapping up and down against the framework. If the polythene is loose, wind can cause the polythene to vibrate against the hoops, base rails and side rails causing it to rub and wear thin and over time, creating holes and splits in your cover.

Most polytunnel manufacturers give you the option to periodically tension your polythene cover; however, with some other makes of tunnel, it’s not exactly what you’d call easy…

The video of a wooden side rail being whacked with a lump hammer to tension the polythene has been removed at the request of the owner.

How Northern Polytunnels Make Polythene Tensioning Easy

At Northern Polytunnels, we recognise that our clients have differing levels of ability and mobility, so we pride ourselves on making it as easy as possible for you to not only build your polytunnel, but to keep it well maintained, which also includes our polythene tensioning system, as can be seen below…

All the way through our design and manufacturing process, we work to make our hobby range stronger, easier to build and easier to maintain than our competitors.

So, if you’re considering buying a polytunnel, and you’d like to avoid having to whack it with a lump hammer, make sure you choose one that allows you to keep your polythene tight with ease.

View our  hobby polytunnel range