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Do You Need an Underlayment for Your Pond Liner? The Truth Revealed!

Posted by Global Plastic Sheeting on Wed, Jun 12, 2024 @ 12:15

Underlayment for Your Liner: Friend or Foe?

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Thinking about installing a pond liner or tackling a larger project involving XR-5 or HDPE geomembranes? You might be wondering if you need an extra layer of protection – an underlayment – beneath the liner itself. The answer, like many things in life, depends on a few key factors.

The Superstar Liner: XR-5 and Underlayments

XR-5 geomembranes are known for their impressive strength. The woven fabric core provides excellent puncture resistance. In most cases, an underlayment won't be necessary, especially if the subgrade (the ground beneath the liner) is smooth and free of debris. However, there are exceptions:

  • Uneven or Rocky Subgrade: If the subgrade has sharp rocks or uneven surfaces, an underlayment acts as a protective cushion, minimizing the risk of punctures during installation or from future ground movement.
  • High Traffic Areas: For applications where the liner will experience high traffic, like vehicles driving over it, an underlayment provides an extra layer of defense against potential tears.

HDPE Liners and the Underlayment Advantage

HDPE liners, while durable, can benefit more from an underlayment compared to XR-5:

  • Malleable Material: HDPE is a more flexible material than XR-5. An underlayment provides additional support and helps prevent punctures from sharp objects in the subgrade.
  • Uneven Terrain: Uneven subgrades pose a higher risk for HDPE liners. The underlayment creates a smoother surface for installation and reduces stress on the liner.

The Final Verdict: Consult the Experts

The decision of whether or not to use an underlayment ultimately depends on your specific project. Consulting with Global Plastic Sheeting or a qualified installer is crucial. They can assess your subgrade conditions, understand your application's requirements, and recommend the most suitable liner and underlayment combination to ensure optimal performance and long-lasting results for your project.

Remember, a little extra protection can go a long way in safeguarding your liner investment and ensuring its longevity.

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