What’s Best for Me – A Plastic Oil Tank or a Steel Oil Tank?

This is a question we’re often asked. The range of oil tanks on the market today is much bigger than in years gone by. With plastic tanks and steel tanks for the storage of diesel & oil available in a wide variety of configurations, the choice is huge. Like any other product, when there’s a big choice, the decision can sometimes be harder to make.

That’s why we’ve put together this simple guide on the advantages of both plastic diesel tanks and steel diesel tanks. Both the plastic and steel tanks in our range offer excellent performance. Personal preference plays a part, but some types of tanks are more suited for specific applications.

Plastic Oil Tanks are:

  • Maintenance-free – there’s no need to paint a plastic tank!
  • Lightweight – plastic tanks are easier to transport and install.
  • Rust-free.
  • Less prone to condensation build-up.
  • Cheaper to purchase.
  • Usually in-stock, meaning a quicker delivery for you!

Steel OilTanks are:

  • More secure – fuel theft is on the rise. Not only is stolen fuel costly to replace, unexpectedly running out of fuel can be a headache. Steel tanks are harder to drill and syphon liquid from than plastic tanks. They’re also much heavier to transport. This makes it harder for thieves to load your whole tank into a vehicle and make off with your precious fuel!
  • Made to last longer (if maintained correctly) – steel has a longer lifespan than plastic, which means steel tanks should last longer. Steel tanks provide protection from extremes of weather and UV rays. They are also less likely to suffer from accidental damage than plastic tanks.
  • Available with more equipment & pump options.
  • Available in bespoke sizes, made to order by Atlantis.
  • Available with a larger capacity – steel tanks are manufactured with larger capacities than plastic tanks and can hold up to 120,000 litres.

And Finally…

Your decision on whether to purchase a steel tank or a plastic tank should be guided by your requirements, including the planned site for the tank, the amount of fuel you intend to store and how quickly you plan to use it.

Steel tanks offer durability, increased security and are made with a larger capacity, but they are more expensive to purchase.

Plastic tanks are lightweight, maintenance-free, and cheaper to buy but won’t last as long.

If you need more advice about selecting the perfect tank for your needs, give the Atlantis team a ring for a chat about your project. We pride ourselves on providing solutions, not just selling tanks!