If you are in the pond planning process, you maybe wondering what type of liner to install in your pond with the aim of having a low maintenance pond for at least 25 years. Rubber pond liners are now considered the most popular choice versus other pond lining materials. Rubber liners are easy to install making them ideal for anybody constructing a pond – regardless of experience. There are three main types of materials used for lining ponds: rubber or PVC liners, concrete and rigid pre-fabricated bases. The latter are normally constructed of fibre glass and can be difficult to handle and install, concrete needs to be mixed and poured into the pit for the pond and is prone to cracks forming due to ground movement. A pond liner is lightweight, durable and flexible with all the benefits of concrete, but with none of the hassle.
Flexible rubber pond liners are constructed from materials such as Epalyn (EPDM) or Butyl. The former comes in a variety of thicknesses with the thicker liner used more for landscape lakes, lining water storage tanks and reservoirs (further supporting their quality and consideration for use in garden ponds).
Key advantages of Epalyn and Butyl pond liners:
- Flexible thereby offering you the freedom to let your imagination run wild. Rigid bases are normally of standard design and limit the design you can achieve. Concrete construction is expensive and although it does allow for original and unique designs it’s time consuming and a relatively difficult technique.
- The size, depths and shape of pond that a rubber pond liner allows you to create is only limited by the space that is available. It’s easy to create a pond habitat with varying depths.
- Rubber pond liners are easy to transport and handle. They can be cut to order or rolls of standard sizes can be bought. Handling and storage is straightforward. Although a little care needs to be taken with it, it is probably the most hassle free of the three materials.
Rubber liners will normally come with a manufacturer’s guarantee of 20 years or longer. When laying the liner it’s important to remove sharp objects and stones from the earth, it is also sensible to lay a thin layer of sand or better still, a protective underlay such as Geotextile. Edges should be cut neatly and buried several inches below the surface surrounding the pond to give long-term protection from the claws of visiting wildlife and UV rays. PVC materials are less robust than rubber, which can withstand a good range of temperatures and are resistant to damage from UV light.
For details on what dimensions required for your pond or to place and order for a pond liner, please visit our website >> https://www.pondlinersonline.co.uk/