Both steel and polyethylene (plastic) water tanks have their pros and cons. For example, stainless steel tanks are the most durable, while polyethylene tanks are the most rust-resistant. For most homeowners, there is an equal number of pros and cons for each option. However, if your property sits on hilly, rugged land, a plastic water tank can offer you unique benefits that steel tanks simply don't have. Here are 3 reasons why you should choose polyethylene for your hilly home water tank.
They're Easier to Transport
One of the biggest struggles of steel water tank installation is getting the heavyweight metal into the right position on your property. While cranes can lift steel tanks into place on flat ground, these vehicles are hard to use on hilly land. Polyethylene tanks, on the other hand, are a lot more lightweight, which means they can be safely positioned by hand. This makes plastic water tanks great for properties where the terrain is too rough for a vehicle, and you'll save money by avoiding crane hire and operation costs.
They Don't Need Land Preparation
When you get a steel water tank installed, you need to prepare the land it's going to sit on first. This preparation, which can include pouring a concrete base and installing steel rings, can be costly enough on flat land, but it's often more difficult (and, thus, more expensive) for hilly plots. The increased difficulty can also force your contractors to dig up or disrupt more of your land than they'd have to if it was level, ruining the look of your properties. Polyethylene tanks, on the other hand, need little to no land preparation. As long as you choose a placement area that has nothing sharp under it, all you'll need to do is level out and flatten that small space and set the plastic tank on top.
They Blend Better With The Land
If you purchased your mountainous home because you love the way the natural landscape looks, you won't want something unsightly ruining the view. While steel water tanks can look sleek, they often stick out on a hilly property like a sore thumb, especially when they catch the light. Plastic tanks can be purchased in colours that match the environment (like green, brown, or grey) with a matte finish that doesn't reflect too much sunlight. Unlike steel tanks, they also come in a wide variety of shapes, helping you choose one that blends perfectly with your grounds.