Arriving at accurate and reliable estimates in the agricultural sector requires experience and expertise. The hard-working people who produce the food that makes its way to our tables comprise a niche industry that involves unique buildings. Greenhouses remain a necessity for many growers and replacing them often involves bringing specific designs and materials to bear. That’s why it’s vital to utilize the Douglas Agricultural Cost Guide if your greenhouse has sustained damage.

How to Estimate the Replacement Cost of Greenhouses

Professionals in the residential and commercial sector often calculate replacement costs based on square footage. That method may hold true in some situations, but no two greenhouses are quite alike. The architectural design will likely be determined by the produce or greenery involved in the operation. When deciding how to estimate the replacement cost of greenhouses, these are critical considerations, including:

  • Excavation and site preparation
  • Foundation materials to be used
  • Framing and structural materials
  • Glass, polyethylene, fibreglass, or other sun-penetrating materials
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Lighting installations
  • Razing or rehabilitating the damaged greenhouse
  • Permitting and inspection costs

Greenhouses enjoy widespread use in the agricultural sector. But it’s essential to understand that a greenhouse used to start seedlings for the fields may be vastly different from one designed to bring flowers and vegetables to fruition.

Why the Douglas Agricultural Cost Guide Delivers Reliable Greenhouse Estimates

The Douglas Agricultural Cost Guide was created from the cumulative knowledge of Karl Douglas, who spent more than 30 years estimating the replacement cost of agricultural buildings in Canada. The guide compiles that expertise into a user-friendly online and hard copy manual that can be easily accessed by all, including farmers, farming insurance professionals and more. The guide is widely accepted by professionals in real estate, construction, and farming, among others.

Because people across sectors rely on the guide, uniform estimates can be determined. The result is accurate, mutually agreeable replacement estimates for greenhouses and other agricultural buildings. The Douglas Agricultural Cost Guide remains the industry’s go-to resource.