Super Therm Polythene (200 Micron)

Product ID: PM0005

£10.00 inc. VAT
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Our most popular polythene cover incorporates an additive that increases its Thermic efficiency, yet still retains 90% light transmission. In simple terms the polythene helps trap and preserve higher temperatures inside the structures for much longer - in heated structures, a 15-20% fuel savings can be achieved. A beneficial side effect of this added additive is that light entering the polytunnel is diffused - scattering light evenly throughout the structure. This UV stabilised film is 200 microns (800 Gauge) and is supplied with a five year guarantee.

FOR USE WITH All crops where heat is important such as bedding/annual plants, propagation houses & over wintered vegetable production.

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

Super Therm 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 Super Therm 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.
Super Therm = 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.
Super Therm = 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.
Super Therm = 85%

Mechanical Properties
Strength at Break

Strength at Break
The load on a tested sample when it breaks. This is expressed in Pascals or MPa.
Super Therm = 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.
Super Therm = MD920/TD920

Creep

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

Dart Test

Dart Test
A test to measure the impact strength on a test piece of plastic, using a weighted falling 'dart'.
Super Therm = 5

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

Jack
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Great quality looking forward to the new season

Janet McGreavy
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Perfect it was to replace one damaged after a house move, it arrived really quickly as well very happy

Bryan Calder
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Great ,but i have not grown any crops yet.It does not come with meny folds for long lasting and is easy to pull on to fit would recommend if it grows me big onions

Terry Wardle
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Not fitted yet but delivery was good

Hardcore Him
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I've used this polythene before, and it is the best option for my tunnels. Very impressed.

Mr Carpenter
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Good quality , tough cover

Farmer Don (Devon)
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Excellent quality and fast service.

Customer
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Good quality just what I like

Pat Smith
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Arrived on time and well packaged

Frank millard
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fast efficient and high quality

Claire de Mortimer
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Looks good. We've not put it up yet as its been a bit blowey.

The Growoing Project Community Interest Company
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Not yet fitted but anticipate same quality as the film it replaces

C R Steel
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Excellent product at a sensible price

Andi Noble
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Worked really easy to install seems tough

Rosemary Buckler
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Have not put it up yet but last time we ordered it was fine

Rick Baker
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Superb products and now bought twice

Ian Blair
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We're hoping to extend our growing season with this plastic cover for our home made poly tunnel. Choice of plastic (plus explanation) was great as was the ability to get exactly the size we needed. Very happy.

richard deacon
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super quick delivery and easy web site

Marion Moore
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The thermal polytunnel film is very good. it keeps in extra heat compared to the standard sheeting.

Mr Barry Adlam
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Great product with its thermal qualities standing out.

Mrs A Howsley
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Good equity very strong and easy to work with

anthony fowler
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good from start to finish ,just gave size required,confirmed by phone,and item delivered on day required

Laszlo
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The product exactly the same as it been described.

Geoffrey Home
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Wasnt sure if there was an inside face.

Mr gareth watson
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Good quality thick polythene

Debbie
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Seems a good product, only time will tell.

Dwayne Black
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Excellent service and delivery.

Bruce Fenn
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Good strong material as expected

paul hanson
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extremely fast and effecient service

Lyn May
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Good quality product,well packaged and delivered promptly

Mr May
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Haven't round to fitting cover yet,so not sure yet but the product looks good!

Richard Hamblin
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A good product worth the extra few pounds

Finlay Dick
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Good quality, prompt delivery.

Ashley Parker
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Superior polythene than others Ive had by far.

Martin Wood
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Can tell this is thicker than my last lot of polythene that I ordered from elsewhere.

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 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.

For those very small orders, such as tape, books or irrigation spares, we may be able to offer a smaller charge to cover postage and packing, please call the office for a quote.

* Please note, customers in the Green area including France should call us on 01282 601253 for delivery costs.

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Note: If you purchase a Commercial and Domestic Polytunnel, then Shipping Charges for the Polytunnel are applicable.

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