Jun. 13, 2017
When making the decision to purchase an above ground storage tank (AST), size and location aren't the only things to consider. Before you decide how big you want the tank to be or where you want it to go, you need to decide what material it’s to be constructed from. Here I will tell you 5 advantages of stainless steel storage tanks.
Stainless steel also remains ductile through all temperature ranges, is fire resistant, and is unaffected by exposure to UV light, which can damage paint and other coatings. That being said, properly maintained welded steel ASTs can have an expected lifespan of over 100 years, whereas bolted steel tanks only survive around 30.
Bolted steel tanks also pose a danger, as every bolt on the tank represents a potential point of weakness. With welded steel, tanks are stronger, maintenance is lower, and repairs are easier.
With welded steel tanks having a longer life cycle and requiring much less maintenance, the total cost of ownership (TCO) of a welded steel AST is often lower than its bolted steel and concrete counterparts over the long term. Don’t just take our word for it though, check out the Steel Tank Institute’s TCO tool, and see for yourself.
With different jobs requiring tanks in different shapes and sizes, wouldn’t it make sense to build a tank to your own needs, rather than buy one pre-fabricated to someone else’s? With welded steel tanks, you can design ASTs to be virtually any height or diameter, with multiple roof styles, paint schemes, and other architectural elements to choose from as well.
5. Hygienic and Eco-Friendly
Not only is stainless steel 100% recyclable, but over 50% of new stainless steel comes from re-melted stainless steel scrap, greatly reducing the environmental footprint left behind.