Advantages of a metal water butt over a plastic one

Categories: Water butts

A water butt is a fantastic way to collect and store rainwater, not to mention that they are amazing for the environment!

Water butts come in a variety of materials, but the two most common are metal water butts or plastic water butts. So, which type of water butt is better? In this blog post, we will discuss the advantages of a metal water butt compared to a plastic water butt.

Arthur Jack metal water butt

Is a metal water butt better for the environment than a plastic rain barrel water butt?

The answer is a resounding yes! A metal water butt is made from recycled materials, whereas a plastic water butt is made from virgin materials. So, if you’re looking to be more eco-friendly, a metal water butt is the way to go.

Arthur Jack metal water butts side by side

Which are better for all year round? A metal water butt or a plastic rain water butt?

Here in the UK, we’re blessed with a lot of rainfall. But even so, during the hotter months water butts can quickly become depleted. This is where having a metal water butt can be beneficial over a plastic water butt.

A metal water butt will not warp in the heat like a plastic water butt does, meaning your water butt will always be able to hold a good amount of water.

Another advantage of a metal water butt is that they will not crack in cold weather like a plastic water butt can. This means that you won’t have to worry about your water butt freezing over and cracking in the winter.

So if you’re looking for a water butt that will be able to withstand all weather conditions, then a metal water butt is definitely the way to go! Plus, a metal water butt is far more aesthetically pleasing

An Arthur Jack metal water butt with option metal grille

Are metal water butts more durable than plastic water butts?

Yes, metal water butts are more durable than plastic water butts. They are also less likely to leak and they won’t discolor over time.

If you’re looking for a water butt that has longevity, is both durable and stylish then a metal water butt is the way to go – they add a touch of class to any garden.

A tap and decoration on our metal water butt

Are metal water butts more expensive than plastic water butts in the long run?

No, they are not. In fact, metal water butts are often cheaper than their plastic counterparts. This is because metal is a more enduring material, meaning that a metal water butt will last longer. Additionally, a metal water butt will not degrade in sunlight like a plastic water butt does, so your water butt will not become brittle and crack over time.

So, if you are looking for a water butt that will last you for years to come, then a metal water butt is the way to go. Not only will a metal water butt save you money in the long run, but a metal water butt will also provide you with a more reliable and stable water butt.

Do metal water butts require any special maintenance?

No, they do not. Metal water butts are very low maintenance, and only need to be cleaned out once in awhile to prevent algae build-up. Other than that, you can just leave the water butt to it’s own devices and enjoy the benefits of having a dependable water source in your garden!

Do metal water butts look better than plastic water butts?

When it comes to looks, a metal water butt definitely has the edge over its plastic counterparts.

Arthur Jack metal water butts are hand-crafted with the same care as we have shown in our existing planter range. Their design was influenced by the 18th century cisterns, which can still be found in the gardens of grand houses and stately mansions around the country.

An Arthur Jack water butt with rainwater diverter

How do you connect a rainwater diverter to a metal water butt?

Connecting a metal water butt to a rain water diverter is the same method as connecting up a plastic water butt. You can divert rainwater to a metal water butt using a downpipe rain diverter. This is a simple device that you fit onto your wall mounted downpipe, and it will allow you to redirect the flow of rain water into your water butt.

Downpipe rain water diverters are relatively inexpensive, and they are easy to install on your water butt. You can find them at most hardware stores.

Would you like to know more about metal water butts?

If you have any questions about metal water butts, or if you would like to learn more about the advantages of a metal water butt, then please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be more than happy to assist you further.

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