If you’re thinking about upgrading your current oil tank, or maybe you’re a first time buyer looking to heat your home, you should always ask yourself some key questions before buying a new tank. Research is also vital – depending on the size and type of tank you buy, you could be looking at spending upwards of £1000, so you want to make sure you get the best tank for you! Here, Dakota Murphey, an independent content writer provides a few questions you should consider when buying a new oil tank.
Do I have enough space?
If you’re buying a new oil tank or want to upgrade to a larger tank, the first thing you should ask yourself is whether you have the space. Depending on the size of the tank and the space available, you could have an oil tank inside or outside of your home. You will also need a suitable base for your tank, which you will need to consider when measuring up before purchase and installation.
If you have enough space in your garden, you could easily have a tank installed outside. If you are having a tank installed externally, you should ask yourself if it will be secure and easy to access. If you already have an oil tank outside your home, you will likely already have security measures set up around it such as locks, alarms, lighting and fencing. Consider whether your fence or the area the tank is in will fit your new tank. If you don’t already have an oil tank outside, you should look into the best security measures to protect your tank from theft and tampering.
If you would prefer to have a tank installed inside your home, you should ask yourself whether the space you have available is suitable for a domestic oil tank. You will also need a tank that has a secondary containment measure such as a bunded oil tank, which will be more expensive than a single skinned oil tank that could be kept outside. A spillage could be damaging regardless of where you put the tank, so you should always consult a professional for advice.
One more thing you will want to consider whether you choose to have a tank installed inside or outside your home is whether you can access it. You will need to keep an eye on your tank to check for any spillage or potential damage, as well as potential theft or tampering. You will also need easy access for maintenance and refilling, so make sure you will able to get to your tank with ease.
What sort of tank should I get?
Once you’ve determined that you have the space available for a domestic oil tank, you should think about what kind of tank you should get. Do you want a plastic tank or a steel one? Should you get a single skinned, double skinned or bunded oil tank? Here is a brief look at the different types available to help you make your decision.
Plastic – Plastic oil tanks are lighter than their steal counterparts and are therefore much easier to move. This could help with the initial installation or later on if the tank needs to be moved for maintenance or repair. Plastic oil tanks are of course not as strong or durable as steel tanks, making them less secure and an easier target for tampering and theft.
Steel – Steel oil tanks are much heavier than plastic oil tanks and are much harder to move as a result. This extra weight and much more durable material make steel tanks more resistant to damage, theft and tampering. The downside of steel oil tanks however is that they require more maintenance to prevent corrosion and other issues.
Single Skinned – Put simply, a single skinned oil tank has one skin that the oil itself is held inside of. Single skinned oil tanks are also typically easier to install and maintain, as well as being cheaper compared to double skinned oil tanks. Single skinned tanks are however more prone to leakages.
Double skinned – Double skinned tanks have an additional skin surrounding the first, decreasing the chance of spills and leaks. This extra skin also provides extra security from theft and external damage. Double skinned tanks are of course however, more expensive than single skinned oil tanks.
Do I need help?
Even if you have already owned an oil tank for some time, there is no shame in asking for professional help and advice. In fact, seeking the advice of oil tank installers/expert is advisable whether you are an experienced domestic oil tank owner or not. Whether you’re looking for a bigger oil tank, need to know which one is best for you, or want to install a tank inside or outside, an industry expert can help save time, money and any potential damage in the future.
A quick recap
Now that you’ve considered these questions and looked at the options, you’re probably ready to go ahead and purchase a great new oil tank for your home. Here’s a quick refresh to remind you what to ask yourself when buying a new oil tank:
- Do I have enough space for an oil tank? Will it be secure and easy to access?
- What sort of tank should I think of getting? What type of oil tank and material will be the best for what I want?
- Do I need advice or help installing the tank?
This article was provided by guest author Dakota Murphey, an independent content writer.