Many people do not think about how important a good PVC garden hose is, until they buy a bad one. Dragging a PVC garden hose from the flowerbed to the vegetable PVC garden to the backyard pool all summer can create serious wear and tear on any hose. Having one that can withstand regular use, provide the function needed, and hold up against the elements is essential. There are several things to consider when buying a PVC garden hose to ensure it is a good one, such as features, material, length, and color.
Choose a Material
There are two basic PVC garden hose types, a vinyl PVC garden hose, and a rubber PVC garden hose. Vinyl PVC garden hoses come in a variety of quality levels, as do rubber hoses. The amount of plies that a hose offers is the first indicator of quality, and the next would be if it is reinforced with a mesh material in between the layers.
Vinyl PVC Garden Hoses vs. RubberPVC Garden Hoses
Low ply, low quality vinyl hoses are lightweight and easy to handle, but often kink up and burst. Reinforced hoses such as vinyl or rubber, offer stronger durability, more flexibility, and are less likely to kink up or burst due to extreme weather conditions or excessive use. Reinforced vinyl hoses are easier to handle than rubber hoses, which are typically heavier than vinyl.
Features to Consider
There are varieties of features that need to be considered before purchasing a PVC garden hose. The ply of the hose dictates how many layers the hose has, and even though the standard PVC garden hose is 5/8-inch in diameter, there are several other options offered, such as 3/8-inch, 1/2-inch, and even 3/4-inch garden hoses. There is much more involved in deciding on a good PVC garden hose than just choosing color and length.