Collection of rainwater tanks

3 Different Materials Used for Rainwater Tanks

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Collection of rainwater tanksRainwater can be harvested and used for various things like watering the garden, doing the laundry and performing other household activities that need water. Rainwater tanks collect water that falls on the roof by diverting the flow from the guttering into a tank. Since the water collected by the tank is free, owners can save on water bills as well as avoiding wasting water.

Rapid Plas says that rainwater tanks have many different kinds with many uses. If you are considering installing a tank, it is good to know about the differences between the types and materials. They are the following:

1. Concrete

Concrete water tanks are heavy and usually installed underground. They are ideal if you want to save space for your garden. In exchange, you will need to have a major excavation. Also, concrete tanks need proper planning before installation. This is because the lime from the concrete can leach into the water that can turn water to alkaline, which is not ideal for plants.

2. Metal

Metal tanks are the most common type of concrete tank. This material is cheaper, lighter and easier to install compared to concrete. Galvanized steel was formerly the material for this type of tank. Metal replaced it because it was prone to rust, which does not prove harmful to plants but could weaken the tank’s quality.

3. Polyethylene

Polyethylene is cheap, lightweight and easy to transport and install. These characteristics make this material one of the most popular choices for building water tanks. Tanks made from this material may experience corrosion but only if exposed to high levels of sunlight.

Manufacturers designed tanks in different shapes and built them from different materials for a reason. They all serve different purposes, so it is good to stay informed so you that you will be able to choose the right one.