What Are the Different Types of Flat Garden Hoses?

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What Are the Different Types of Flat Garden Hoses?
Flat hoses take up less space. (water coil image by mark smith from Fotolia.com)

Flat hoses are typically made of reinforced vinyl or with a polyurethane liner. Compared with the traditional round garden hose, they are easier to use and store. Flat sprinkler hoses are good to use in narrow spaces such as grassy alleyways. Flat soakers are more efficient and do not waste water. Whatever your need, flat hoses are just as strong and last as long as or longer than conventional hoses.


Regular flat hoses are designed to be used just like round, conventional hoses. Other than the obvious difference in shape, they can easily be stored on a windup, hand-held reel. Flat hoses weigh less than conventional hoses and are less likely to kink or tangle. If the attached nozzle is left open, a flat hose is self-draining. A regular 50-foot round hose can retain up to 2.72kg of water.


Flat sprinkler hoses are typically made of vinyl. They are designed with small holes on one side of the hose. When laid flat, the perforated side faces up. One end is usually capped, so that when water is sent through the hose it is forced through the holes creating a fine spray. This type of hose works well on lawns or narrow garden areas.


Flat soaker hoses are designed to release water into the ground at a slow rate and do not spray water. Similar to the sprinkler flat hose, one end is capped off and as water passes through the hose, it seeps out through the small pores. With this type of hose there is less water evaporation and more water is absorbed into the soil.


The flat hose is easy to store on a reel and does not take up as much space as a conventional round hose. It remains flat until the water pressure causes it to become round. There is no need to have a hose holder mounted to the exterior of your home. Because it is flat, it can endure being accidentally run over it with a vehicle. It is less likely to freeze and crack because it is self-draining. In general they are less expensive compared to conventional round hoses.


Flat hoses are easily punctured by garden implements such as rakes and garden forks. They do not bend around corners as easily as conventional round hoses. Without a reel to wind them up onto, flat hoses can be harder to manoeuvre.

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