If you own a farm, ranch or another type of property in which you need an industrial water tank for multiple applications such as watering your livestock, you may want to think about investing in a concrete tank. Though you can choose a water tank built from steel or polyethylene, a concrete tank may offer you benefits that make them the best value for your needs. Here's a rundown of what concrete tanks provide you.
Durability -- Although steel is a strong and lightweight material, concrete is more durable, heavier and longer-lasting than steel, plastic and polyethylene. And when you are building an above-ground water tank, durability is a big concern, given that your tank will be exposed to the elements. Because the concrete is made on site, there are few limitations regarding size, which isn't the case with plastic, steel or polyethylene tanks that have to be cut and sized off-site. Industrial concrete water tanks are also built with an underlayer of fibre for more strength, and they are not subject to tears, rips, dents and punctures that are common with steel and plastic water tanks.
Below Ground Options -- If you opt for a below ground water tank installation, you are limited in your choices to steel or concrete. Plastic and polyethylene water tanks aren't recommended for below ground installation because they are not strong enough. Concrete tanks have the necessary strength for underground installation, and they are often built with a concrete covering that buries the tank so that it doesn't stick out from even ground. When you order a below ground industrial concrete water tank, your contractor will use an industrial grader to level the tank and ensure that it is even with the ground for a more aesthetic appearance.
Fireproof -- Although very few materials are fireproof, meaning they will not burn, concrete is one of those materials. That's because concrete is made from a blend of water, rock, sand, gravel and cement, which binds all the elements together. This mix of material has a low thermal conductivity rate, which means that heat transfers through it at a very slow rate. Steel is fire resistant, but not fireproof, which means that at a hot enough temperature, steel will melt. If you're installing a water tank in a brush fire area, a concrete tank is an ideal choice because of it's virtually fireproof.
For more information about your water tank options, contact a local supplier like Williams & Jackson.