How stainless steel tanks stack up against plastic

Posted on October 20, 2019 in News & Projects

Stainless steel tanks and their poly (plastic) counterparts are the most popular water tanks on the market today.

So when you are looking for a new tank, which option do you go for? And what are the characteristics that help you make the correct choice for your circumstances?

Fire resistance

Fire resistance is an important consideration for farmers, businesses and people living in rural and fire-prone areas. People who rely on water tanks need to know they will still have access to vital water during a fire.

And in the stainless steel tanks vs poly tanks debate, stainless steel wins hands down. Poly tanks are a fire risk, meaning so is your water supply if you select plastic. On the other hand, stainless steel tanks are effectively fire resistant.

Life span

Poly tanks usually last between 20 and 30 years. Grades 304 and 316 stainless steel tanks are known to last up to 100 years. And that’s pretty impressive.

Environmentally friendly?

Stainless steel tanks are 100 per cent recyclable, whereas the jury is still out on whether you can completely recycle poly tanks. The Alternative Technology Association, an independent organisation championing sustainability in households, argues that poly tanks so degraded they can’t hold water can only be recycled into a limited variety of products. They also state these tanks are likely to end up in landfill if owners can’t find appropriate local recyclers.

At Stainless Steel Tanks, we know our products are top performers across theĀ  nation. If you would like to know more about the advantages of stainless steel water tanks, contact our team today.