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Winter is coming (with storm and hail)

The weather is getting colder in the Netherlands. While the autumn sun has been shining through the trees in all its colorful splendor, winter really is on its way. And unfortunately in recent years it's come hand in hand with a growing number of unpleasant surprises, such as more hail and storm damage than ever before. While the weather is out of our control, there are things that can be done to keep the damage as limited as possible.

This is why it's so important to keep up on greenhouse maintenance according to specialist Patrick van Horne. By keeping a greenhouse in good shape you can often avoid more expensive damage. Patrick has a large number of maintenance contracts with various growers. Once a year he goes to his clients to check the gear mechanism of the air vents, clear gutters, check for glass cracks and check the drains.

Being prepared
For the growers with a maintenance contract, Patrick also checks their stock of spare glass panels. He is happy that this requirement exists. "This is one of the conditions of the insurance companies," Patrick says. Minor damages can therefore be repaired quickly. Glass producers themselves often don't have enough in stock, but growers can quickly fix minor damage with their own smaller back-up supply. This way their crop doesn't have to suffer for too long. If the grower doesn't have enough glass panels or if the damage is too severe, Patrick knows exactly which sizes that grower needs. Patrick can then quickly take action and place the order at the glass factory.

In addition to repair and maintenance work, Patrick also removes greenhouses altogether. “All greenhouses that are disassembled by us can also be rebuilt by us at a different location,” says Patrick. “Either in its entirety or with size adjustments for a smaller greenhouse or for use as a hobby greenhouse.”

For more information:

P. van Horne B.V.
Belgerenseweg 7
5756 PP Vlierden
Tel. nr: 06 - 51 11 30 55
E-mail: [email protected] 



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