Elegant Greenhouses Protect Plants from Excessive Sunlight

Everyone knows that sunlight is essential for the healthy development of plant life. Your prized shrubbery and flowering plants draw nourishment from the sun just as much as they take it from the soil and the air. However, too much of anything is harmful to your plants, even sunlight.

The stylish window shades of greenhouses regulate the amount of sunlight as well as the interior temperature to create an ideal environment for your plants to grow in. But how is sunlight dangerous to your plants? And how do greenhouses protect them from it?

Harmful Ultraviolet Light

Plants use sunlight as a catalyst for the process known as photosynthesis. During this extremely vital process, your plants, from delicate orchids to hardy shrubs, use captured light energy to turn water, minerals, and carbon dioxide into oxygen. They use a specific component of light – ultraviolet rays – to jumpstart this process. And it is an overabundance of ultraviolet light that will damage plants.

Photosynthesis is a delicate act, requiring the careful balance of elements to function properly. Too much ultraviolet radiation damages plant systems, specifically it overwhelms the internal system responsible for photosynthesis in the first place. Constant and overwhelming amounts of ultraviolet energy run down plant systems, preventing them from efficiently processing the various elements involved in photosynthesis. This will have adverse effects on the long-term health of your plants as they will be unable to nourish themselves properly.

Out in the open, plants are powerless to stop the sun from bombarding them with ultraviolet energy. This is where your greenhouse comes into the picture.

Greenhouse Protection

A greenhouse’s ability to protect the plants inside of it comes from the quality and material of its glass panes. Some types of glass are tempered to prevent animals and similar external threats from breaking in and damaging your plants.

Argon-infused glass maintains the efficiency of internal temperature. Low-emissivity glass slows down ultraviolet radiation and turns them into infrared. This process keeps your greenhouse warm but stops UV from harming your plants. Another substance, polyvinyl butyral, blocks out as much as 99 percent of ultraviolet radiation. Through these specialized glass panes, your greenhouse remains a safe space for your plants to grow.

Greenhouses are meant to keep temperatures inside them optimized for your plants by keeping the warmth in. This function perfectly echoes the Earth’s atmosphere. Also like the atmosphere, it repels too much ultraviolet radiation from penetrating and harming the environment it protects.

But the perfect greenhouse does not just protect your plants, they also improve the aesthetic quality of your property with its elegant design. The best builders integrate these two features, crafting greenhouses that are beautiful and practical.

Beautiful and Functional Greenhouse Solutions

Conservatory Craftsmen are artisans in creating greenhouses and similar enclosures for residential and commercial clients. Our designers and architects not only provide you with beautiful and stylish greenhouses, but they also equip these structures with the best indoor climate technology. With our automated climate control and water-delivery systems, we ensure that your plants thrive in a wonderfully balanced and elegant environment.

View the gallery of our beautiful projects around the world and see what we can build for you.

Top 3 Outdoor Rooms on Houzz

This week in our Best of Houzz series we are falling in love with some seriously fantastic Outdoor Rooms from some seriously fantastic architects and designers – we are loving this category so much we may even give you 3 more next week.

1. Contemporary Outdoor Room

Contemporary Exterior by Austin Architects & Building Designers has architects

2. Outdoor Kitchen

Contemporary Porch by Sydney Architects & Building Designers Danny Broe Architect

3. Classic Outdoor Room

Traditional Patio by Huntington Architects & Building Designers MJW Architects (Michael Jay Wallin)

Top 3 Sunroom Ceiling Fans on Houzz

Number 3 in our series of our Top of Houzz, this week we have our Top 3 Sunroom ceiling fans from some very clever architects that we think fit and enhance each space so seamlessly.

1. Industrial Ceiling Fan

Traditional Porch by Cambridge Architects & Building Designers LDa Architecture & Interiors

2. Plantation Style Ceiling Fan

Traditional Dining Room by Jamestown Architects & Building Designers Ellen McKenna Design

3. Architectural Ceiling Fan

Beach Style Living Room by Lakeville Architects & Building Designers alley architecture + design, LLC

Top 5 Home Additions on Houzz

In continuation of our series of some of our favorite things on Houzz, this week we have our Top 5 Home Additions that we have fallen in love with from some highly skilled and brilliant architects and designers from across the country. Enjoy!

1. Kitchen Addition

Transitional Exterior by Philadelphia Architects & Building Designers Krieger + Associates Architects Inc

2. Sunroom Addition

Traditional Exterior by Philadelphia Architects & Building Designers Krieger + Associates Architects Inc

3. Outdoor Kitchen Addition

Modern Exterior by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers modern house architects

4. Contemporary Glass Wall Addition

Contemporary Family Room by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Feldman Architecture, Inc.

5. Farmhouse Addition

Farmhouse Exterior by Philadelphia Architects & Building Designers Wyant Architecture

Top 5 Screened In Porches on Houzz

To celebrate Houzz selecting us for our 2015 Best of Houzz award, we are returning the favor. Conservatory Craftsmen are going to be doing a series of blogs featuring our some of favorites from Houzz.

We are kicking it off with our Top 5 Screened in Porches from some very talented architects and designers from across the country. Enjoy!

1. Farmhouse Porch

Farmhouse Porch by Millbrook Architects & Building Designers Crisp Architects

2. Traditional Beach Front Porch

Traditional Porch by San Francisco Architects & Building Designers Nick Noyes Architecture

3. Contemporary Porch

Contemporary Exterior by Saxtons River Landscape Architects & Landscape Designers Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio (JMMDS)

4. Outdoor Fireplace Porch

Traditional Porch by Johns Island Architects & Building Designers Christopher A Rose AIA, ASID

5. Eco-Friendly Porch

Rustic Exterior by Chicago Architects & Building Designers Burns and Beyerl Architects

New York Botanical Gardens Butterfly Exhibit

Orchids at the New York Botanical Conservatory have been getting a lot of attention lately on Houzz.com. These botanic wonders are the pinnacle of cultivation in the conservatory as we know from our many customers whose favorite pastime is the culture of orchids.

However, one would be reticent not to mention the conservatory show also going on in NYC at the Museum of Natural History. The second-floor show there consists of moving colors and blooms of such magnificent colors it causes pause.

A butterfly show is the most thrilling and captivating way to spend a bit of time while in the Big Apple. These butterflies that have experienced metamorphosis from chrysalis at the Conservatory exhibit are truly amazing in color and diversity.

The exhibit has a healthy cross section of botanical options for the winged flowers that fill the air with fluttering and neon. And take enjoyment in the little buggers as they land on your head or arm to see if you might pass the sweetness test for which they crave.

Although you can’t take the butterflies home with you. There is an airlock at entry and exit to make sure no hitchhikers try to sneak and escape, you can in other ways take them home with you.

If your conservatory dream is for butterflies or orchids, we are also botanists who specialize in specialty conservatories. Butterfly conservatories, once only popular in Cornwall, are spreading in popularity all over the world.

Pupae, available in Florida and Costa Rica can be purchased and raised in your conservatory to create a one of a kind environment unparalleled in home projects today.

Conservatory Craftsmen is uniquely ready to help you achieve this many other goals you have for your own Conservatory. Contact us today. www.ConservatoryCraftsmen.com