Installing irrigation hoses, pipes and tubes
Irrigation tubing keeps your irrigation systems running smoothly. You want your irrigation hose and your irrigation pipe fittings to work efficiently and effectively, reliably supplying water to the areas that need it most, so that means you need to shop around for the type that's right for you and your operation.
The right irrigation pipes work with your irrigation pumps to keep water running smoothly, at the right time and to the right location. There are a number of different types of irrigation pipes available, and each is designed with a particular type of irrigation and a particular climate in mind.
The most important element of your piping is reliability and longevity. The most expensive piping is of no use to you if it's unable to stand up to the weather conditions in your area and falls apart or rusts before its time.
Aluminum Irrigation Pipes
Aluminum irrigation pipes are quite popular in North America because they're efficient and can last a long time, regardless of the conditions in which they're used. Many people also prefer aluminum because it's a lot easier to recycle, and thus more environmentally friendly. Aluminum irrigation pipes are also more versatile than plastic irrigation pipes because they don't get damaged at the joints as easily. However, aluminum pipes are more expensive, so the investment can be considerably large. As such, aluminum will likely continue to come in second to plastic in North America.
Plastic Irrigation Pipes
Plastic irrigation pipes, including PVC irrigation pipes, are most the commonly used pipes in North American irrigation systems. Cheap, reliable and durable, plastic is a favorite for irrigation systems that are installed for long-term use. Plastic irrigation pipes are usually sold by the pound (unless you're purchasing a complete irrigation system in a kit), so a thicker pipe will end up costing you more. However, depending on the type of system you're building, plus the type of weather and soil conditions you're working with, you may need to fork out the extra cash for the thicker pipe to save you from having to replace it later on.