The question of how long FRP tanks last is an interesting one! FRP, also known as fibreglass reinforced plastic, is not just an affordable material option. FRP is also an incredibly sturdy material. There are actually fiberglass boats that are sixty years old and counting still being used with little to no issue today! However, as sturdy as FRP can be, there are a few different factors to keep in mind when assessing the potential lifespan of your fiberglass tanks.
As amazing as it is that there are fiberglass boats more than sixty years old still in use, FRP tanks may not last quite so long. This is largely because of what water tanks and other types of fiberglass tanks are often used for. How long a fiberglass tank will last can be very influenced by what the tank is being used to store. The more corrosive the chemical is that a tank has to store, generally means the more quickly it will need to be replaced. The environmental conditions that tanks are subjected to can also degrade them more quickly. Higher pressure and higher temperatures are generally more aggressive on tanks. Changes in pressure levels and temperatures can also be damaging to tank longevity. Good quality materials and tank construction help maintain tank longevity, as can choosing manufacturers who consistently meet high industry standards.
In general, estimates for the longevity of fiberglass tanks suggests that fiberglass water tanks last the longest, clocking in at an average of thirty to forty years. Next in longevity are fibreglass bleach tanks, which can last anywhere from ten to twenty years. Fibreglass acid and metal reaction tanks will last no longer than five to ten years. If you are looking to make sure that your tanks last the longest that they can, there are many precautions that you can take. Some important ones to keep in mind are to make sure that have your fiberglass tanks inspected regularly. The general rule of thumb is that the more corrosive a chemical they store, or more aggressive the conditions they are kept in, the more often the tanks should be inspected. If tanks are being subjected to more intense conditions, annual inspection is suggested. It is also highly recommended that you do not deviate from the specifications of your fiberglass tank. Switching chemicals or environmental conditions without modifying a tank can shorten the lifespan of the tank.
Most importantly however, is to make sure that you employ people who are well versed in how fiberglass tanks work at every level of construction. Properly designed and installed fiberglass tanks will generally last much longer. Professional and knowledgeable tank manufacturers like Belding Tank can help you design a good quality tank that will last as long as possible. Tanks that are good quality and properly designed to suit the needs of your project can have a much longer lifespan than a less suitably designed tank. Luckily, at Belding Tank, quality is our standard and customer service is our specialty so that you can find tanks that will last you for many years to come!