How many types of garden hoses?
Garden hose is a flexible tube used to convey water, Gardening, and general water discharge. Lightweight, keeps its shape, flexible, easy to use, standard duty watering applications.
When you want to choose the best garden hose, you need to know the following details of the garden hose.
Size, inner diameter, length, material, weight per roll, ecological compatibility, working pressure, reinforced or not, protection against UV rays, temperature resistance, etc.
Material and Types of garden hose
Garden Hoses are made from different materials – PVC(vinyl), PU(polyurethane), rubber – and this is the main factor that affects the lifespan of your garden hose. What are the pros and cons of different materials?
PVC Material(Vinyl) garden hoses are usually reinforced with a high strength fiber as they are the popular and standard option and they are not resistant to temperature changes, they crack easily or become brittle if use not good raw material. Another disadvantage is that they are not as flexible as rubber hoses and are susceptible to kinking and can degrade if left outside in harsh weather conditions. The advantage of PVC garden hoses is that they are the least expensive and most lightweight option and when the budget is a consideration, a PVC garden hose is a perfect choice for any light gardening task.
Rubber garden hoses are durable, they perfectly tolerate temperature changes, they are resistant to mechanical deformation and twisting. In addition, when reinforced, it is almost impossible to puncture it, and they are not afraid of frost and ultraviolet rays. Rubber hoses are solid and strong and have a longer service life than PVC (vinyl) hoses. On the downside, one of their biggest cons is the weight. It is really heavy to move around the garden. Note: To check the labels as sometimes rubber composition may contain toxic substances and heavy metals. The price of rubber garden hose is also higher than PVC material hose.
PU(Polyurethane) garden watering hoses are lightweight, they weighs less than rubber and you can move them around the garden without much effort. They are easily stretched and coiled but polyurethane is not as durable as rubber, for example, and will eventually crack. Polyurethane hoses can kink or become tangled. It is more expensive than other materials. Now Sunhose company have one kind of high quality of PVC material garden hose similar with PU garden hose. Like the following picture. The price is cheaper than the PU garden hose, and at the same time has the advantages of the PU garden hose.
Expandable/collapsible garden hoses from woven fabric – this is one of the most durable options on the market and these hoses can shrink to approximately a third of their expanded length when emptied of water which makes them very easy to store. In addition, these hoses are lightweight and very easy to use and when filled, these hoses are kink-free. However, they cannot bear freeze and direct sunlight. UV rays can break down the fibers of the materials and with time the cloth covering will fray.