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What Type of Liner Will You Need for Your Pond?
Michalis 'BIG Mike' Kotzakolios

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If you are building a pond in your yard you will need to use a pond liner. The first thing to do when choosing pond liners is to research them and learn about what is available. This includes learning about what types of liners are available and also where you should purchase the liner and who should install it.

Only look for pond liners that come with a warranty. In fact, you should look for a 20 year warranty that will protect again premature deterioration.

Determine if the liner is safe for fish. This means that the liner has a manufacturer’s guarantee that the membrane of the liner is chemically safe for fish and has been tested for toxicity.

There are a lot of pond liners to choose from. However, there are three types of pond liners that seem to consistently produce good installations; these are EPDM, polypropylene and polyethylene. EPDM is very flexible therefore it does a good job of lining intricate ponds because it will easily conform to any shape. One thing to note about EPDM is that it is manufactured in rolls up to 50’ to 100’. Therefore you may need to do some seam work if your pond is larger than that. Seam work will require special supplies that will be available wherever you purchase you lining.

Polypropylene is a very durable and puncture resistant pond lining material. It is much easier to seam together than EPDM so will often be the preferred material in large ponds. However, if your pond has a lot of twists and turns you will not be able to use polypropylene because it is not as flexible as EPDM.

The third material, polyethylene is a good choice for large projects that have a tighter budget. Polyethylene is about half the price of EPDM and polypropylene. The limitations you will find with polyethylene is that it is not as flexible as EPDM or polypropylene. It also does not hold up well when large rocks or stones are put in your pond. The other limitation is the seaming. The only way to fit polyethylene pieces together is with professional welding equipment which most likely means hiring someone to do it for you.

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