A heating oil tank is built to last – but not to last forever.
So how long should your oil storage last? The honest answer is “it depends.” Some factors that influence the lifespan of your heating oil tank include:
The good news is that modern heating oil storage tanks have come a long way from designs of the past, offering virtually leak-proof performance for decades. Let’s take a closer look at modern oil storage tanks, and why they’re worth the investment if you’re ready for a heating oil tank upgrade.
In the past, oil tanks were constructed almost exclusively from steel, which were prone to internal corrosion in the presence of condensation (water). Steel tanks are still available today, but they are built to a much higher standard than in the past.
To get a better idea of the range of lifespans for today’s single-wall interior steel heating oil tanks, here’s a summary from inspectapedia.com.
Steel tank, 14-gauge, single wall, connected at tank end wall 15 years
Steel tank, 14-gauge, single wall, connected at tank bottom 20 years
Steel tank, 12-gauge, single wall, connected at tank end wall 20 years
Steel tank, 12-gauge, single wall, connected at tank bottom 25 years
The most significant changes in oil tank design in recent years, however, have come in the use of alternative construction materials such as fiberglass and polyethylene. These materials are often used as the inner lining of a double-walled storage tank; when combined with leak detection technology, these materials make today’s oil storage tanks virtually leak-proof.
Double-walled oil storage tanks also last significantly longer than their all-steel, single-wall counterparts – about twice as long. You read that right: a properly maintained double-walled heating oil can last 50 years or more, according to inspectapedia.com.
As you can see, modern heating oil tanks are built for life – and, in the case of the Roth heating oil tanks we sell, warrantied for thirty years! All in all, a great investment if you’re ready to upgrade your oil tank.
That’s especially true now: thanks to our Spring Ahead for Savings Specials, you’ll $250 on a new Roth double-wall oil tank installation. BUT HURRY – this offer expires on Memorial Day 2021!
Contact JW Pierson Co today to learn more about heating oil installations in NJ.