What to Consider When Choosing a New Storage Tank in Colorado

August 13, 2018 8:15 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Are you looking for a new storage tank? The choice might not always be simple, as you will have plenty of options to choose from. To narrow down your choices, there are a variety of considerations you’ll need to take into account.

Here are just a few examples of factors that will go into choosing a new storage tank in Colorado.

Construction materials

The material you choose to build your tank will depend largely on the type and volume of material you’ll be storing. The most common materials are carbon steel, aluminum and stainless steel for various types of factory welded, field welded and bolted tanks. There are also plastic, factory welded and fiberglass tanks available for smaller storage volumes.

If you have an exceptionally large need for storage, you might benefit from the use of a concrete or field welded steel tank. Steel bolted tanks, meanwhile, are a bit more versatile and capable of accommodating a wide range of volumes and dry bulk materials.

If you do use a concrete tank, you must make sure it is poured and cured correctly before usage. This means you’ll need good weather conditions for the concrete to set properly. This is different than, say, welded steel tanks, which will be shipped to the site in panels and then built by certified welders. Those welds then undergo safety inspections by third parties to make sure the tank is safe for use.

Location and size

Where on your property will the tank be stored? Will the area present any limitations for space or height requirements for your tank? Limited spaces could mean smaller tanks, but if you have unlimited space restrictions, then you will be able to use wider diameter tanks without any real issue.

Environmental factors

Consider how the environment could potentially impact the tank in the future, taking into account factors such as wind loads, seismic conditions (if your area experiences earthquakes) and roof loads, especially from snow. These environmental factors will affect the type of design you use for your tanks and the materials you choose.

Tanks that have a wider diameter and shorter height are going to be better suited for areas that experience a great deal of seismic activity, for example. If you’re going to use a tank in a coastal or industrial environment where corrosion is a real possibility, then you’ll want tanks that have an upgraded exterior coating, such as a powder coating.

Consider also the effects your tank will have on the environment. If environmental concerns are important to you, there will be some tanks that are “greener” than others, which can be helpful to take into consideration.

These are just a few of the many types of considerations that could affect your choice of an storage tank in Colorado. To learn more about the process of selecting the ideal storage tank for your needs and about the options we provide, we encourage you to contact the team at DJC Enterprises Inc. today. We look forward to helping you!

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