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Your Guide To Choosing The Right Pond Liner For Your Needs

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Given that ponds can often add to to the aesthetic appeal and value of many homes and property, it only makes sense that creating even a small pond is a popular choice. However, if you're a homeowner doing the installation of your new pond by yourself or if you're assisting another amateur with the project, it's important to have adequate knowledge of the liner that needs to go in the pond. Therefore, it's a good idea to be aware of the following information.

Understanding The Need For And Use Of Pond Liners

It is first necessary to remember that the liner exists not only to contain the water and keep it from seeping into the ground, but also to protect any new life that may develop in the new pond. Fortunately, if you prefer a flexible pond liner, your new liner can be made of a variety of materials, including PVC and varying forms of rubber, as discussed below.  

Planning For A PVC Pond Liner

PVC is short for polyvinyl chloride and is usually one of the more inexpensive options. It is a flexible form of plastic and can be found in many sizes. Unfortunately, it's not a good choice if the pond will be in a sunny area since PVC does not stand up well to sunlight. In addition, PVC will often become brittle in very cold areas. That means that if your part of the country dips to 46 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius) during the winter, PVC is not your best choice.

However, if the pond will be in a shaded area and you have mild winters, PVC could be an ideal choice for a pond liner.   

Considering The Greenseal Liner

A Greenseal pond liner is made of rubber that is a bit thicker than the synthetic plastic that is PVC. It will usually have a longer lifespan and offers more flexible use than its plastic counterpart. It's designed to maintain its structural integrity during extremely cold temperatures and is a good choice if your part of the country never goes below -40 degrees Celsius, which equals out to be -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is important to note that those benefits do reflect in the price tag, as a Greenseal pond liner is more expensive than a unit containing PVC. 

Learning About The Firestone Rubber Liner

Another type of rubber pond liner is the Firestone liner. It's the thickest choice and can safely endure temperatures as low as -49 degrees Celsius, which is almost -58 degrees Fahrenheit. Due to its increased bulk and better protection against sharp areas, the elements, etc., this type of liner is usually the most expensive.

Since a Firestone liner will usually last longer than the cheaper options, it's best to see the Firestone liner as a long-term investment in your pond.   

In conclusion, ponds add a unique and attractive appeal to the land they are installed on. However, the liner they contain can be essential to the on-going use and continued aesthetic appeal. As a result, it's best to consider the facts discussed above prior to purchasing and installing any liner.