Smart Clear Polythene (200 Micron)

Product ID: PM0001

£8.00 inc. VAT

This high quality Polytunnel film has been designed specifically for the UK where low light levels are common. This film allows 90% light transmission allowing through more of the light spectrum used by plants. It also scatters light entering the polytunnel. This UV stabilised film is 200 microns (800 Gauge) and is supplied with a five year guarantee.

FOR USE WITH All crops which are frost hardy, where you don't need to introduce heat, such as over wintered nursery stock, hardy herbaceous perennials, or where the poly tunnel is only to be used for summer production of vegetables or flower crops.

Please note - to help identify the polythene type and validate the guarantee, a series of numbers and letters are intermittently printed across the polythene. 

Smart Clear Properties

Supplier

Our polythene is exclusively sourced from Sotrafa in Spain, the world's biggest producer of horticultural film with an enviable reputation for quality thanks to exhaustive testing in the demanding weather conditions of Almeria.

First Tunnels are the sole distributor of Sotrafa products in the UK, and we are proud to work with the global leader to deliver the best possible products for our customers. UK suppliers make cheaper alternatives, but the quality simply doesn't compare.

Warranty

Although guaranteed for 5 years against its biggest threat of sunlight degradation, when fitted correctly, it is not uncommon to hear our polythene covers have lasted in excess of 10 years.

5 Year Polythene Guarantee

View the terms of the Guarantee here.

Polythene Guarantee
UV Filters

Sunlight is the biggest enemy of polythene. While it's essential for the wellbeing of whatever you're growing, it also 'kills' polythene in much the same way you can find old discarded crisp packets lose their colour and become very brittle. First Tunnels polythene covers are developed and tested in the extreme conditions to give optimum performance and are UV stabilised to prevent the polythene from breaking down prematurely.

What is a KLy?

A Kilo-Langley is the measure of Solar energy radiated in 1 year. It varies from a minimum of 60 KLy in the Polar regions to 120 KLy in warm regions, and to a maximum of 200 KLy in the African desert. Southern Spain receives about 140 KLy whereas the UK receives about half of that, just 78KLy.

Solar Radiation
Thickness

Our Smart Clear polythene is 800 gauge/200 micron and made up of 3 layers for outstanding strength and performance.

We use a 3 layer polythene made of exceptional quality material, which has a hugely beneficial thermal effect.

The common misconception about polythene is the more layers, the better the product. Unfortunately this isn't true. More layers simply hide poor quality films, which are sandwiched inside a very average inner and outer skin. The result of these multi-layer (often called 5 or 6 layer) films is a noticeably poorer all-round performance - the thermal effect is significantly decreased.

Thickness
Optical Properties
Total Transmission of Visible Light

Total Transmission of Visible Light
The amount of available light entering the polytunnel through the film. Measured as a percentage of total light.
Smart Clear = 95%

Diffusion

Diffusion
The scattering of direct light entering the polytunnel ensuring no shadows, so all plants receive equal light. Measured as a percentage of total light.
Smart Clear = 30%

Thermal Effect

Thermal Effect
A pocket of additives within the layers of the film that ensure and maintain a stable and optimum temperature within the polytunnel, especially during the night when it is colder.
Smart Clear = N/A

Mechanical Properties
Strength at Break

Strength at Break
The load on a tested sample when it breaks. This is expressed in Pascals or MPa.
Smart Clear = MD24/TD23

Elongation at Break

Elongation at Break
The strain on a tested sample when it stretches. This is also expressed in Pascals or MPa.
Smart Clear = MD660/TD820

Creep

Creep
As the weather changes becoming hotter or colder, so the Polythene expands and contracts. Creep is the terms used to express this.
Smart Clear = 5

Dart Test

Dart Test
A test to measure the impact strength on a test piece of plastic, using a weighted falling 'dart'.
Smart Clear = 450

Please note - to help identify the polythene type and validate the guarantee, a series of numbers and letters are intermittently printed across the polythene. View the terms of the Guarantee here.

Instructions

We strongly advise referring to the original Polytunnel Suppliers' construction guide when installing your polythene. The methods described herein may differ from those of the original manufacturer. Full and comprehensive guides for a First Tunnels Polytunnel can be downloaded here - www.FirstTunnelsPolytunnels.co.uk

Terry Phillips
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Too cold and windy to put it up yet

Mr Trevor Roberts
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The sheeting was very easy to install and very good quality. Very good transparency and it was despatched very promptly.

Gavin Jackson
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High quality product, very satisfactory.

Simon Naylor
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Very good item, used it in the past for another project, good price too

Robin Arnold
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Good polythen covered my tunnel well very pleased would recommend

Donald Laybourne
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Just right in size and quality.

G Dodd
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Good tough covers. Fast delivery etc.

Tony Gray
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Excellent fast delivery good product

Colin Nicholson
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We have put it on yet but the service was excellent

simon white
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everything I hoped for. Glad I bought it

Colin Hopper
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Very happy that I have it up and in use

peter mounsey
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Their service cannot be. Bettered products and delivery spot on

Suzy Baker
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All seems fine, but need to have used the goods in order to give full five stars.e

Teressa Bune
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Our last cover lasted nearly 10 years. It was only the high winds over winter that killed it otherwise I would reckon that we would have got another 2 years out of it

Greg Hickman
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Good price and covered by long guarantee.

Mr Iain Steel
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The cover arrived quickly and will do the job just fine.

Dorothy Allsep
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Great item very pleased with the quality

B CAMPBELL
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Exactly what I'd hoped for

philip hunter
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very good quality & prompt delivery

Tom
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Fantastic product - delivered on time and in good condition along with installation guide and free seeds.

Keith coney
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Not put it up yet as its to windie but the sheeting looks and feels very strong , good strong quality for the price.

Al Balmer
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Good product supplied by First Tunnels. Excellent.

Heather Crawford
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Great service from the online calculator to the packaging and quick delivery. Highly recommended 😊

Mathew
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Excellent product and easy to use

Martin Perry
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Tooi early to say, not fitted

james errington
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Excellent quality product would recommend it to others.

John Arnold
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Excellent!! Look Good Quality. Time will tell. Now for the hard part but I am sure when its all put together it will be worth it. Thanks First Tunnels.

Timothy Porter
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Excellent service at a reasonable price!

Richard Clark
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Excellent very fast service.

What is the Minimum Order Value? 
We sell replacement polythene by the metre, 25m or 50m rolls in various widths with no waste and no cutting charge. Order values less than £50.00 will incur a £4.95 delivery charge. Please see the Delivery Tab for offshore delivery charges.

Does the Polythene come with a warranty?
Our Polythene is supplied with a guaranteed for 5 years against its biggest threat of sunlight degradation. When fitted correctly, it is not uncommon to hear our polythene covers have lasted in excess of 10 years.
Sunlight is the biggest enemy of polythene. While it's essential for the wellbeing of whatever you're growing, it also 'kills' polythene in much the same way you can find old discarded crisp packets lose their colour and become very brittle. First Tunnels polythene covers are developed and tested in the extreme conditions to give optimum performance and are UV stabilised to prevent the polythene from breaking down prematurely.
Please note - A series of numbers and letters are intermittently printed one metre from the edge, which should be either dug into a trench or trimmed off after installation. This printing is essential to help identify the polythene type and validate the guarantee.

Is there an inside or outside to my Polythene cover?
Each face of the Polythene sheet is identical, there is not a right or wrong side when choosing which face goes on the inside or outside of the Polytunnel structure. If condensation is a problem we have Sunclear available which is a non-toxic coating that reduces this effect.

Where is the Polythene Sourced from?
Our polythene is exclusively sourced from Sotrafa in Spain, the world's biggest producer of horticultural film with an enviable reputation for quality thanks to exhaustive testing in the demanding weather conditions of Almeria.
First Tunnels are the sole distributor of Sotrafa products in the UK, and we are proud to work with the global leader to deliver the best possible products for our customers. UK suppliers make cheaper alternatives, but the quality simply doesn't compare.

What is the Thickness of the Polythene?
Our polythene is 800 gauge/200 micron and made up of 3 layers for outstanding strength and performance. We use a 3 layer polythene made of exceptional quality material, which has a hugely beneficial thermal effect.
The common misconception about polythene is the more layers, the better the product. Unfortunately this isn't true. More layers simply hide poor quality films, which are sandwiched inside a very average inner and outer skin. The result of these multi-layer (often called 5 or 6 layer) films is a noticeably poorer all-round performance - the thermal effect is significantly decreased.

Do you provide further data regarding the Polythene specification?
Data for Optical and Mechanical properties can be viewed .

All polytunnel accessories will be despatched within 1-3 working days. Should you have any query regarding delivery, please contact us on 01282 601253.

Customers in the Blue and Red areas with an order value less then £50.00, shipping costs will be £4.95. For orders above £50.00, delivery is FREE. For customers in the Orange areas, shipping costs will be £30 irrespective of order value.

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