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Myth Busting: Steel vs. FRP Tanks

If you’re in the market for an underground tank, chances are you are evaluating your options between
steel and fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP). So, we’re here to do a little “myth-busting” and set the
record straight as to why Steel is the gold standard when it comes to underground tanks!

Steel is Easier to Install
Compared to fiberglass tank installation, steel tank installation requires less real estate (aka a smaller
hole) to place the tank, meaning less backfill, quicker installation, and less labor. This saves time,
manpower, and money for your project! Plus, when it’s time for maintenance, the process is much
quicker and less labor-intensive.

Steel is More Durable
Our dual-wall steel tanks are protected from corrosion by a fiberglass coating on the outside (the same
mixture FRP manufacturers use to build their tanks). Fiberglass might prevent corrosion, but the
material falls short in the strength category. FRP tanks can be very fragile during installation when
covering the tank and are even susceptible to punctures from rocks! Whereas an ACT-100 tank made
from Steel is a steel tank encased in another steel tank, let alone puncture from rocks. In fact, FRP tank
manufacturers incorporate steel in their manufacturing process at major stress points to maintain the
tank during high-stress movement or installation. During weather changes or heavy project sites, steel is
the best option due to its compressive and tensile strength!

Steel is Cost-Effective
According to ShieldSharper, “Due to the fact that steel is sold by the pound, the manufacturer can
purchase and produce steel tanks at fair market value. This allows them to sell tanks at affordable prices
and depending on your site needs, make a great solution for storing your product.” At Hall Tank, we
source high-quality steel at a lower cost to our clients, keeping the price low and the tank quality high.

Steel is Sustainable
Finished with your project and no longer need your tank? A steel tank is 100% recyclable and can be
repurposed or sold! Fiberglass reinforced plastic, on the other hand, is difficult to recycle and
environmentally unsustainable. The cost to dispose of FRP materials can be an unfortunate and
unexpected expense for project managers. Learn about the downfalls of FRP here:
https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.1007.1063&rep=rep1&type=pdf

Steel tanks are compatible with all fuels, last just as long as FRP tanks and are durable and cost-
effective. Have questions? Contact our team: https://halltank.com/contact-us/

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