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Plastic Water Tank or Stainless Steel Water Tank? Which is Better?

Written by Roshan Bhattarai · 2 min read >
Plastic tank vs Stainless steel tank

Hello readers, hope you are doing well. Water tanks are the container which we use for storing water. Water tanks are of aluminum, fiberglass, plastic, stainless steel tank, sheet metal tank, etc. Today in this article we will discuss the plastic tank or stainless steel tank, which is better.

Plastic tank vs Stainless steel tank

Before we begin,

We use plastic tanks, and stainless steel tanks mostly in Nepal. One question that confuses us all is what type of water tank is best to use. You can choose one type of water tank that meets most of your demands. Because water tanks made from each material have their own advantages and disadvantages. So, today let’s look at the pros, and cons of these water tanks that will make you easier to choose.

Stainless Steel Water Tank

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Stainless steel is also known as “inoxydable”. It will not mostly corrode, rust or stain from moisture as compared to other steels. These water tanks comprise premium quality stainless steel and provide a variety of industrial applications. Moreover, we can find these tanks in many shapes and sizes. Now, let’s know the pros and cons of the stainless steel water tank.

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Advantages of Stainless Steel Water Tanks

Steel is non-porous, meaning that it will not absorb any other chemical contents that make recycling the material easier.
Available in much larger capacities than plastic tanks.
Sunlight does not weaken stainless Steel water tanks, which makes them more ideal for outdoor storage compared to plastic.
Stainless steel water tanks are Eco-friendly.

Disadvantages of Stainless Steel Water Tanks

Stainless Steel water tank is heavier than plastic, which makes it more challenging and expensive to transport and install.
May naturally corrode (rust) over time if it is not properly maintained.
You need to ensure your foundations are strong enough to hold stainless steel water tanks because once a stainless steel tank is installed. it is heavy to move and also moving it may develop leaks.
To keep stainless steel clean, you need to often clean them with a cloth and freshwater.
We need to keep solvents such as salty seawater or chlorine found in pools away from stainless steel water tanks which might cause corrosion.
Incorrect welding at installation may cause the stainless steel water tank to rust and corrosion.

Plastic Water Tanks

Plastic water tanks are very popular and widely used water tanks all over Nepal and the world. Plastic water tanks are usually made of heavy-duty polyethylene material. These tanks are UV-treated and are made from food-grade plastic materials.

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Advantages of Plastic Water Tanks

More affordable compared to stainless steel water tanks.
More lightweight than stainless steel water tanks that make installation and transportation easier and cheaper
Available in many colors as compared to stainless steel water tanks.
Plastic tanks will not corrode when used for waste but stainless steel water tanks could show signs of corrosion within only a few years.
Stainless steel water tanks are often more expensive than plastic tanks.
Require much less ongoing expense to maintain.

Disadvantages of Plastic Water Tanks

Plastic water tanks cannot come in a bigger size as compared to stainless steel water tanks.
Direct sunlight exposure can weaken and degrade plastics that make plastic water tanks less suited to outdoor storage than stainless steel water tanks.
Because plastic is a softer material than steel, plastic tanks are easily damaged.
Plastic water tanks are not eco-friendly.
A plastic water tank absorbs a chemical content that makes it difficult to recycle.

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In the end,

By looking at these pros and cons of the Stainless steel water tanks and plastic water tanks, I hope you have made your mind already that suits your demand. You can simply understand that plastic water tanks cannot come in bigger sizes, they are more subject to damage as well as they are difficult to recycle.

While stainless steel is expensive and is prone to rust. Stainless steel water tanks are difficult to maintain and repair. Transportation and installation cost of stainless steel water tank is more than of plastic water tank.

However, in terms of durability and strength, if they are maintained properly, both types of water tanks are durable. And both water tanks provide you with the quality of water. So, you can choose one of these water tanks that favors your choice and demand.

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