Ponds Manufactured from New Rubber/Plastic Composite More Durable and Resistant to Wear
By: Gerry Fung
February 1, 2006
“This composite will revolutionize the preformed pond business.”
Traditionally, liner kits have presented many difficulties for the beginner pond builder. Since every liner pond shape is different, pond gardeners must customize their own pond, ensure that it is level, and ensure that it does not have excessive wrinkling. A flexible preformed pond, on the other hand, is easy to install. The flexible preformed shell already has a pre-defined shape, yet it is easily transportable, since a typical folding kit comes in a box that can fit into your car truck (I.e. it is one-sixth the size of a regular preformed kit). Thus, installation involves merely removing the pond from the kit, unfolding it, digging a hole, and inserting the pond shell into the hole.
One common complaint of customers in the past has been that flexible pond shells have been difficult to unfold. To address this problem, as of January 2006, Algreen Products has introduced a new line of flexible preformed pond kits which are manufactured from a novel blend of rubber, nylon, and plastic. Using the new rubber-based composite, Algreen’s ponds are now extremely easy to unfold. Because of the flexibility offered by the rubber component, which is supplemented by the stiffness offered by the plastic component, the ponds are also many times more resistant to breakage and wear.
According to Melissa Mulligan, sales and marketing director at Algreen Products, “This new innovation makes our flexible, plastic ponds easier to unfold, more durable, and more resistant to wear and breakage; this composite will revolutionize the preformed pond business.”
Algreen is currently incorporating the proprietary composite material into their line of folding pond shells and streamlets. The new pond shells and streamlets are being introduced in a black colour. The composite has also been introduced in their 144 gallon granite pond kits.
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Algreen’s pond kits each include a 39” x 38” x 5” streamlet, and include a rubber/plastic composite pond shell in 1 of 4 different sizes:
- 180 gallon (shell dimensions of 70” x 58” x 24”)
- 144 gallon (shell dimensions of 60” x 44” x 24”)
- 105 gallon (shell dimensions of 48” x 40” x 18”)
- 72 gallon (shell dimensions of 36” x 44” x 18”)
Each pond shell has 3 built-in plant shelves, is weather-resistant, and is able to withstand extreme temperatures from 0 F to 105 F. The pond shells feature textured ridges, which are strategically placed to allow beneficial bacteria to form growth colonies (which significantly reduces algae-buildup in the pond).
When considering the installation of a backyard pond, keep in mind that preformed pond kits are easy to install, and with prices starting at $134.99, they are extremely affordable. Algreen’s kits are recommended for beginners because they will leave less room for mistakes. In addition to their low cost, they will also save you money because you will not have to purchase additional pond components during the installation.
Each Algreen pond kit comes complete with:
- A rubber/plastic composite pond shell and streamlet (sizes detailed above).
- A SuperFlo submersible pump with a built-in pre-filter, telescopic riser, and a diverter.
- Fountain heads that allow you to set up a fountain in the middle of your pond.
- Tubing and clamps.
- 2 silk pond lilies.
- A 20-year manufacturer’s warranty on the pond/streamlet, and a 2-year manufacturer’s warranty on the pump.
SPECIAL - To further promote Algreen's line of flexible ponds, Gardensupermart is now offering a FREE SuperGlo submersible underwater light with the purchase of any flexible preformed pond kit (retail value of $69.99!).