I wouldn't bet that the plastic isn't going to sag, under load, over time. It would be greatly affected by the span between supports.
Glad I asked Thanks. Not going to go any extra miles with this, my deck needs replacing as it is and the only display area I have really.The plastic will be much, much hotter.
Yes indeed; thank you!
Wtf...In 2002 I had a new house built in a new subdivision so that meant no shade from trees anywhere. Six months later after moving in and still not making accommodations for my trees I was hit with three hail storms in one night while I was at work. Had it not been for my son who was at home at the time and moved all my trees indoors while getting plummeted with those large hail stones, I would have lost my entire collection. Drastic measures had to be taken for future hail storms so the planning and building was on.
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The planning had to include something that would cover the trees in every direction and be strong enough for large hail. I decided to use doors on the front of the stands which would provide protection all around. The doors and the top would be covered with strong galvanized steel mesh, doubled up on top of the units.
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Looks kind of cagey but here in Texas you have to take those hail storms serious.
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As I mentioned this was a new neighborhood being built with no trees anywhere for shade and my tridents were really suffering so shade cloth was the next step in trying to prevent sun damage.
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The doors would remain open during periods when the sun was not shining on the trees directly and when no storm warnings were issued.
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It's been many years since I first moved here and now the doors have been removed because I now have a nice tall shade tree. Back then I wasn't working with JBP and didn't need full sun as I do now. The one thing that hasn't changed though is the hail storms, they still come as you can see by this pic , luckily I'm retired now and was home and knew this one was coming but didn't quite expect it to be this bad, all trees were under cover when this one hit and I might add that the wire mesh on top held up perfectly.
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