UG vs AG

February 22, 2023 / Back to Blog

If you are considering propane for your home or business, you essentially have two choices for your physical tank – an above ground propane tank or an underground propane tank. In this article, we’ll explore some pros and cons for each so you can determine what is best for you and your project.

Appearance – The biggest advantage of an underground propane tank is its discreet appearance. The only visible part of an underground tank is the small shroud section that can be seen on the ground. When that shroud is painted green, it can often times blend in with the color of your yard. However, if you live on a property that might have an outbuilding or a row of trees, an above ground tank might be appropriate and give you that unobtrusive appearance.

Cost – It is less expensive to install an above ground propane tank than it is to install an underground propane tank. When burying an underground tank, commercial grade equipment is required to dig and prep the hole, and then to backfill the hole. An underground tank also requires additional protective equipment to prevent corrosion and possible groundwater contamination. An above ground tank is typically set and leveled on blocks, and the only disruption to your yard is the trench to run the propane line from the tank to your home.

Maintenance – An above ground tank is easier to maintenance simply because it is above ground and is more accessible. Above ground tanks can be painted (ask your provider color requirements) regularly to keep their appearance. Underground tanks, as noted in the cost section, are at risk for corrosion and contamination if the preventative equipment fails. They therefore require routine inspection to ensure those measures are working properly.

Safety – Unless you are in an area susceptible to flooding, or your anti-corrosion equipment fails, underground tanks are very safe. Since they are in the ground, they are also less susceptible to extreme weather. Underground tanks are also exempt from EPA standards as they don’t leak or leach into underground water supplies. Above ground tanks can be more susceptible to extreme cold and heat. If an above ground tank is what is best for your property, you’ll want to keep it away from roadways and driveways and keep the kids from playing on it.

To sum it up, the choice of above ground or underground are essentially yours as a home or business owner. From the supplier perspective, there is no difference in the way the tank is filled. Collett Propane keeps an inventory of both types of tanks in multiple sizes. Our service professionals can help you determine what type of tank and location will work best for you and your project. Give us a call today!