What you need to know before buying a rubber liner for your pond
You may have been told that you need to buy a rubber liner for your pond, but where do you start? When it comes to rubber liners for ponds, there are a few key things you need to know before making your purchase. Here are the most important factors to consider:
Size of pond
When choosing a rubber liner for your pond, it's important to consider the size of your pond. Liners come in a variety of stocked sizes and can also be made to exact measurements from reputable manufacturers. If you get a liner that's too big, it will be more awkward to work with and would cost more than is necessary, with offcuts being thrown in the bin.
The weather in the UK can be unpredictable, with temperatures ranging from relatively mild to bitterly cold. This can have an impact on the temperature of your pond, as well as the type of rubber liner you need. If you live in an area with severe winters, you'll need a rubber liner that can withstand very cold temperatures. A rubber liner with a high cold cracking resistance will be best suited for this climate.
Conversely, if you live in a warmer area, you'll need a rubber liner that can withstand high temperatures. A rubber liner with high heat resistance will be best suited for this climate.
If you intend to keep your pond long-term, it is advisable to select a rubber liner. High-quality rubber pond liners are proven to outlast cheaper plastic-based pond liners due to the increased weathering resistance and UV stability.
Although the initial cost for a rubber liner is generally greater than a plastic-based liner, the value is obtained through the longevity of the rubber liner. It is common to see plastic-based liners becoming brittle within five years and failing altogether within ten years. Plastic-based liners are suitable where the intention is only to have a pond for a few years.
When it comes to rubber liners, price is always a factor. You'll want to decide on a budget before you start shopping to know what kind of liner is within your reach. That said, you don't have to break the bank to get a high-quality rubber liner. There are plenty of affordable options available, and you can always find sale prices if you're willing to do some research.
When choosing a rubber liner, remember that the thicker the liner, the more expensive it will be. But a thicker liner is definitely worth the investment if you live in a cold climate or if your soil is prone to erosion. If those aren't concerns for you, a thinner liner will do just fine.
Rubber liners are preferred for professional pond builders because they outperform plastic liners and remain watertight for longer. You should keep a few things in mind when shopping for rubber pond liners, including the size of your pond, the climate, and the type of soil you have. You should also decide on a thickness for your liner-the thicker the liner, the more expensive it will be, but it will also be more durable. Ultimately, choosing a rubber liner that fits your needs and your budget is important. So do your research, and then go shopping! You're sure to find a liner that's perfect for your pond.
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