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Choosing The Right Culvert Pipes; Why We Love High-Quality Plastic Culvert Pipes

Rural Water specialises in providing New Zealand with the best products for urban and rural water reticulation needs. If you’re ready to install a culvert to help manage surface water and increase farm accessibility, we have all the products and knowledge you need to get the job done right.

Before introducing or replacing a culvert on your property, it’s essential to understand which type of culvert and piping material is right for you.

How to choose the right culvert for your site

There are various different types of culverts, each one designed for certain circumstances.

Box culverts

Box culverts are typically constructed from reinforced concrete and are commonly found under roadways, highways, railroads and utility tunnels. They are designed not only for durability but also to accommodate large volumes of water.

Arch culverts

Arch culverts may be constructed from metal, stone or concrete and are similar to a box culvert — though easier to construct, as they can be installed without diverting water flow. They offer an aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Pipe culverts

Pipe culverts are one of the most common culvert types due to their quick and easy installation process and cost-effectiveness. This type of culvert has a wide variety of shapes, materials and styles. While arch and box culverts are generally used as part of a roadway, pipe culverts offer an effective and efficient alternative for smaller projects.

The size, type and materials of your culvert will depend on what you’re using the culvert for, how much water you expect to move through the culvert, how deep the culvert will be and if any traffic will be moving over the top. Generally, rural farms and other non-roadwork projects won’t require a heavy-duty box or arch culvert and can often opt for cost-efficient pipe culverts instead. These cost conscious culverts are still of the highest quality and come in PE & PVC. Sizes range in diameter from as little as 110mm to as big as 2.1m and can be found here.

Once you have determined the type of culvert you need, the next important step is deciding which materials best fit your needs. It’s important to consider this carefully, as different materials offer different benefits, lifespans and disadvantages. Unlike their concrete counterparts, plastic culverts are known for their versatility.

Here are five reasons to consider plastic culvert piping for your next project.

1. Plastic piping is easy to find and install.

Although relatively new in terms of culvert construction, plastic piping is quickly becoming the go-to piping material for many culverts due to ease of installation and availability. Plastic culverts are extremely lightweight, making them easier to install, and you can easily obtain some from companies such as Rural Water.

2. Plastic culvert pipes are highly durable.

Unlike metal pipes that are prone to corrosion, plastic pipes will not rust. They also resist chemicals, flames and damage caused by water friction. Their durability means that they require less maintenance and last much longer than other pipe options, in fact most culverts sold at Rural Water can last an estimated 100+ years provided they are installed correctly.

3. Plastic culvert piping is versatile.

Plastic pipes can be used across a range of projects, from sewers to residential areas to farm drainage. They’re also great for replacing other damaged drainage pipes.

4. Plastic piping can be a more sustainable choice.

A long lifespan and recycling options both make plastic piping more environmentally friendly. Even better, plastic piping has a reduced carbon footprint, thanks to the minimal resources it takes to create and transport plastic piping. Choosing the right plastic culvert piping can also help keep dangerous toxins out of the environment

5. Plastic culvert pipes are highly cost-effective.

Not only is plastic culvert piping less prone to expensive maintenance, but they’re also easier to transport, purchase and install, which means they often cost much less than other piping materials.

Rely on Rural Water for all your culvert needs

When it comes to choosing the right culvert and finding the necessary supplies, our team at Rural Water is here to help. We’re proud to offer the high-quality plastic culvert pipes you need to help improve your farm drainage and meet your water needs.

Our carefully curated range of plastic culvert pipes includes both PVC and Polyethylene piping and is available in a wide range of diameters and lengths to ensure you’ll find exactly the piece you need for your project.

Not sure what to choose? We’re happy to offer free, expert advice to ensure you find the right product. Contact our professionals today to learn more.

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