Metal Vs. Fiberglass Water Storage Tanks

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Storage tanks for water are built with varying materials, such as polyethylene and concrete. But, there are other materials to consider as well, including metal and fiberglass varieties, that bring their own benefits to water storage.

Metal

  • Metal water storage tanks have the advantage of being strong and durable for containing water, as well as being relatively cheap to purchase compared to other materials. But, the containers can be heavy, resulting in more manpower needed to move the metal container into position.

Fiberglass

  • Fiberglass, made of a mixture of plastic polymers and glass fibers, offers a lightweight choice of water container. But, its cost is typically only justified in larger sizes, as opposed to a more expensive, smaller fiberglass container.

Considerations

  • The natural reaction of water against metal is rust. Metal water containers must have a thick coating along their walls to prevent rusting, whereas fiberglass containers do not require coating.

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