Choosing a pond liner for your garden water feature can seem quite a daunting task when juggling budget and quality that will offer the best pond longevity. The most common types of liners for garden ponds are PVC and rubber pond liners such as Epalyn (EPDM) and Butyl. Overall, we would recommend a pond liner made of rubber, which is durable, flexible, moderately inexpensive and easy to work with because they last for decades.
Epalyn and Butyl pond liners are ideal for use in all size and shape installations including more demanding applications. These rubber liners mould readily to pond contours. They are also extremely flexible and highly elastic despite their thickness. Their versatility is based on the fact that Epalyn and Butyl can be fabricated into various size sheets and in to box-welded pond liners for vertically shaped designs.
Although slightly more flexible than Butyl, Epalyn is similar in appearance but has some superior physical properties such as tear and tensile strength.
PVC pond liners are more suited for small, basic ornamental garden ponds. For larger more demanding applications, Butyl or Epalyn is more suitable.
For larger lakes and reservoirs other materials are available on request. This may require on site fabrication.
Additional care and expense must be taken to protect pond liners against punctures and stresses during and after their installation particularly if ponds are to be exposed to the use of wildlife as liners may get damaged by animal’s claws.
In addition to advice on choosing your pond liner, you may also be interested in information on Pond Planning and Construction
Please note: If ordering our PVC pond liner, we are able to supply PVC to a maximum width of 10m and a maximum length of 25m. PVC is supplied on a 10m wide role hence not being able to cut a PVC pond liner wider than 10m.