Concrete or plastic: What is the best water tank for your home?

Dec 14, 2022

A water supply is important in any household and with extreme temperatures and longer summers, it has become even more necessary. A water tank is not a one-size-fits-all investment, however. Other factors to consider when choosing the best water tank type are the available space for the water tank installation, the water tank size that you need and whether the tank will be under or above ground. 

Depending on your needs and preferences, there are different water tanks available – with concrete and plastic being the two most common. This post will highlight some of these differences and the advantages of each. 

Concrete water tank

When looking for a long-term solution, a concrete tank is the way to go. They have an average lifespan of 25-30 years, but the modern ones can last for a lifetime. This ensures the reliability and durability of the tank.

We usually create concrete water tanks with a mould using a precast or plastered process, reinforcing its structural strength. Constructed off-site, the tanks are just brought to the site for installation. 

Concrete can also keep the water cool due to its high insulating properties, and the dark conditions help prevent the growth of algae, keeping your water supply fresh. Further, concrete produces lime, which is a known neutralising agent for water with high acidity content.

Plastic water tank

Alternatively, some property owners choose plastic water tanks since they are leakproof and lightweight. Being made of plastic, these tanks are also rust-proof and durable, and they can be customised depending on the size and shape desired. The light material of this tank also makes it easy to transport. Compared with concrete water tanks, the construction and installation of plastic water tanks are more affordable as well. 

On the other hand, plastic water tanks come with a plastic coating that if damaged, can lead to the tank being exposed to UV rays and eventually becoming brittle. During the hotter months, the plastic material warms up as well, affecting the overall temperature of the water. 

Next Gen Concrete Tanks are also fire-resistant and fireproof if installed underground and offer better insulation than plastic or even steel. Cleaning is easier too since property owners can simply use a shovel and pressure water, without worrying about piercing the plastic coating liner of the water tank. 

What is the better option? 

In deciding on the better option between concrete or plastic water tanks, it boils down to your preferences in size, shape, longevity, and overall budget. Looking for a concrete tank supplier in Albury-Wodonga? Contact Next Gen Concrete Tanks today!

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