With the advances made in the field of flexible pond liner materials, it is now quite easy and cost effective to build your own garden pond to enjoy the tranquility and beauty of nature on your own property. There are other choices available to the pond builder in addition to flexible liners namely concrete and preformed liners. The key difference is that flexible liners offer greater design flexibility, are easier to repair, require less maintenance and are resistant to adverse weather conditions.
Liners Online supply three types of flexible liners used to contain water in garden ponds. There are various types on the market so knowing which to choose can be a confusing process. In this article we highlight the key features and benefits of Epalyn and Butyl rubber pond liners as well as PVC liner to help make your decision process easier.
Types of flexible pond liner materials to choose from:
Epalyn (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is a synthetic rubber pond liner material with impressive technical properties making it one of the best liners on the market. Epalyn is highly flexible, resistant to UV rays and adverse weather conditions. Epalyn, specifically designed for lining ponds, lakes and reservoirs is non-toxic to fish and pond life. This material can be tailor-made into box-welded pond liners for formal Koi ponds. It molds easily into a pond dugout and is easy to install. Its high specifications means this liner can last many years provided it is installed above a protective underlay liner and secured in place with pond edging material of choice. Ponds lined with Epalyn forty years ago are still thriving with the same original liner. Available in three different thicknesses with the thicker, 1.0mm being ideal for more demanding applications such as larger ponds or lake construction.
Butyl is also a synthetic rubber pond liner with similar properties to Epalyn. One key difference is price with Epalyn being the cheaper option. Butyl is also UV resistant, non-toxic and flexible to manipulate neatly into a pond.
PVC (Polyvinyl chloride) liners are ideal for small garden pond builds. It is synthetic vinyl material that is flexible and easy to work. PVC pondliners are U.V. stable as long as not exposed to direct sunlight, long lasting and safe for plants and fish. The material has a lifespan of 10 years or more. One drawback with PVC liners is they are slightly less resistant to freezing temperatures and have been known to crack along the folds during very cold winters.
Epalyn and Butyl liners are both a high quality material and can both be manipulated into various shapes and sizes. The difference between Epalyn and Butyl is the polymer. To be called Butyl the sheet must contain more than 50% butyl polymer. The polymer is the ingredient that makes the sheet elastic. In most pond grade Butyl, there is usually a percentage of EPDM polymer mixed in. Epalyn however, is made with 100% EPDM polymer. EPDM polymer is more readily used around the world and so is generally cheaper. It has a higher specification than Butyl in 60% of tests and equal in the remaining 40%.
Which ever type of pond liner you choose, it is absolutely essential that before you lay it, you use a good protective pond underlay material. Thoughtful choices of high quality pond liner materials will ensure that your pond turns out to be as spectacular as you planned.
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