Horizontal Vs Vertical Water Tank: Pros and Cons of Vertical & Horizontal Storage Tanks

Pros and Cons of Tanks

A storage tank for water or chemicals is a big purchase, so it pays to do a bit of research first. One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make is whether to buy a horizontal or vertical tank. Both designs have their advantages and disadvantages depending on their intended use and location. Let’s take a closer look at the difference between horizontal and vertical storage tanks.

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Generally speaking, vertical chemical storage tanks are more stable. This is because their design allows for the base to be placed on a flat, solid surface. A horizontal water tank can only provide this level of stability if you add special supports at the bottom, increasing the cost and the risk of an accident.

Pressure Distribution

Vertical tanks are also the better choice when it comes to pressure distribution. The cylindrical shape of vertical storage tanks means that there are fewer stress points, creating a more even distribution of pressure. This allows vertical tanks to store greater volumes of liquid without compromising safety.


One of the big advantages of horizontal storage tanks is that they take up less height. This makes them a great choice for enclosed spaces such as lofts, where they are often used as header tanks.


Horizontal water storage tanks tend to be more expensive. This is because they have a greater diameter, and therefore require thicker walls to operate safely. A vertical tank requires less material and is therefore cheaper to produce.


Vertical tanks usually take up less space, making them a good choice for smaller areas. The exception is spaces with low roofs or ceilings, where a horizontal tank will be a better fit.


If your tank is going to be exposed to the elements, it is usually safer to choose a horizontal tank. This is because there is less chance of it being toppled by strong winds. However, a horizontal tank will require a base to keep it stable in windy conditions.


A horizontal tank is easier to transport as it can be loaded onto a truck and used as a bowser. However, if you’re planning to transport water regularly, it is a good idea to buy a specialised transport tank. Give the experts at Enduramaxx a call today to find out more!

A storage tank for water or chemicals is a big purchase, so it pays to do a bit of research first. This is why we’ve compared the pros and cons of Vertical and Horizontal Storage Tanks! 

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