Summer comes with a lot of water-heavy tasks like watering plants, cleaning decks, washing the car and filling up kiddie pools, which only means that any homeowner will find a quality rubber hose handy.
This type of hose can be made from natural or synthetic rubber. Most hoses for general use are made of SBR (Styrene-butadiene rubber) though, which is the most widely used type of synthetic rubber. Using natural rubber in the production of hoses and tubing does come with a lot of advantages like superior elasticity and ability to withstand pressure and temperature. However, the increase in demand for this material resulted to the increase in price, which led to the development of synthetic rubber. Decades ago, synthetic rubber could not match the quality of natural rubber but there have been innovations in rubber manufacturing technology. Today, synthetic rubber is now comparable to natural rubber, and in some cases (i.e. when other chemicals are applied to enhance ability to withstand heat, and to reinforce the tubing), even better.
To improve strength, many rubber products, including hoses, are reinforced. Carbon black is typically used to reinforce rubber compounds. Textile cords are typically used in reinforcing the walls of these hoses. They can also be manufactured with internal pleats and spirals as well as coiling options. A hose with a rubber inner core can be so strong that it can withstand up to 400 lbs. of burst pressure.
Just like most hoses used at home, a rubber hose may kink. However, most quality hoses today come with collar guard couplings, which could help prevent that. Also, with heavy duty rubber hoses, there is very little chance for kinking to occur. Antioxidants and antiozonants are also used to protect the hose from oxidation and ozone cracking. The outer shell in particular is made of EPDM (Ethylene-propylene) rubber that improves resistance to breakdown due to exposure to heat and harsh weather conditions. Since it is also ozone-resistant, it will not easily crack when left outdoors. Rubber can also be used to transfer hot water, which is something that vinyl hoses cannot be used for.
These hoses are needed for one basic purpose – to carry material, be that gas or liquid, from one location to another. Still, there are various types of rubber hoses meant for different applications. They can be used in industrial settings, where chemicals (i.e. refrigerants and fuel) need transporting. Of course, there are also rubber hoses for general use. They can be used for the tasks you need to do at home like gardening or washing cars and decks. There are even hoses that are especially designed for gardening tasks, such as the soaker hose. The soaker hose has thousands of holes and is ideal for watering gardens and flower beds, and even delicate plants.
Rubber hoses come in a variety of diameter sizes ranging from1/2 inch to 5/8 inch, 3/4 inch and 1 inch, with 5/8 being the most commonly used for typical lawn and garden applications. They are usually available in increments of 25 feet, with 100 feet being the longest.
Rubber hoses have always been deemed as the go-to choice for people who want a reliable, heavy-duty hose for a considerable number of tasks, and with good reason. After all, hoses of this kind are flexible, ozone resistant, durable, can be used for a wide range of applications, and come in a variety of sizes and lengths.