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8 Ways Bolted Tanks Reduce Costs

[Posted on May 27, 2016 by Gulf Coast Tanks & Construction]

Bulk storage tanks are common in many industries, and are used to store a wide variety of liquid and dry goods. Many tanks are custom-built on-site, using concrete that is poured in place or steel sections that are welded together.

Bolted tanks offer an economical alternative to these conventional bulk storage solutions, with pre-finished sections manufactured off-site in a controlled environment, then shipped in and assembled on-site. This minimizes many costs associated with building, installing and maintaining a bulk storage system.


Here are a few of the ways bolted tanks can save money:


#1 Reduced Installation Time

Disruption to your operation costs time and money. Because bolted tanks are manufactured and finished off-site, the amount of time required to install each tank at your location is greatly reduced. The process requires a cleared site for the tank foundation, installation of the foundation, and assembly of the tank. This consists of bolting the pre-manufactured sections together with the required gaskets, then installing any accessories, like pipe fittings, valves or access covers. The process can be completed very quickly, compared to conventional welded steel or concrete tanks, reducing the disruption to your normal business activities.


#2 Lower Labor Costs

Because the assembly and installation time of bolted tanks is so quick, and they are not subject to delays from inclement weather and the amount of time the installation crew spends on site is greatly reduced. This reduces costs during assembly and installation, and because each section is fabricated and finished in a factory setting, the fabrication costs are also greatly reduced with volume production techniques that are not possible on-site.


#3 Less Specialty Labor Required

Concrete or welded steel tanks assembled on-site require workers with a greater level of skill and appropriate tools, which increases costs. For concrete tanks, this includes workers experienced with forming, pouring and finishing concrete, along with equipment and finishing tools. For welded steel tanks, experienced welders with torches, plasma cutters, welding machines and other supplies are needed. Bolted tanks can be assembled with fewer skilled personnel and local labor.


#4 Lower Shipping Costs

Concrete and welded steel tanks require multiple shipments of parts and materials throughout installation. Welded steel tanks are shipped in large sections, and concrete must be trucked in one load at a time. Bolted steel tanks are manufactured in modular sections that minimize required shipping space, effectively reducing the shipments required and their associated costs.


#5 No On-Site Finishing

Concrete and welded steel tanks must be finished on-site, require significant preparation, and may have additional environmental costs. Welded tanks are sandblasted and painted after the installation, and then given a sprayed finish. Concrete tanks must be sealed on-site, and may require special permits. Bolted tanks arrive on location with a durable powder coat finish applied at the factory, minimizing the work required on-site and installation costs.


#6 Reduced Maintenance Costs

Welded steel tanks are subject to corrosion and electrochemical reactions. Concrete tanks require periodic resealing to avoid leaks, due to the material’s porous nature. Bolted tanks feature a durable epoxy powder-coat finish applied in controlled conditions, and are less likely to corrode. In addition, any damaged parts can easily be unbolted and replaced.


#7 Lower Repair Costs

To repair concrete or welded steel tanks, large sections must be removed with specialty tools and skilled personnel. Bolted tanks are designed with modular sections that can be unbolted and removed if needed. This minimizes the amount of time that business operations are disrupted during repairs.


#8 Future Expansion Costs

As your business grows, storage capacities may increase. With welded steel or concrete tanks, they are not easily expanded, and it is often more cost-effective to add additional tanks, which may be difficult if space is limited. Bolted steel tanks can be easily expanded as capacity increases, as long as the foundation can carry the added weight. This reduces upfront costs, the amount of labor required and it minimizes business downtime. It is also ideal for space-constrained locations. If additional tanks are required, bolted tanks can maximize your investment and keep overall costs lower than competing designs.


Bolted tanks prove are a cost-effective alternative to conventional welded steel or concrete storage solutions, and allow your business to install storage at a lower price, increasing your margins. Bolted tanks are as durable, reliable, and can be used in many different applications: residential, commercial, industrial, municipal and rural settings. They can store a variety of materials: potable water, non-potable water, food products, dry goods, and others. Bolted tanks are an attractive choice over traditional welded steel, concrete, composite or plastic tanks, and they are a great value. Contact Gulf Coast Tanks today for more information!