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Rain barrels serve many purposes. In addition to being environmentally friendly, practical and economical, they can also be pleasing to the eye. Here are the main types of rain barrels currently available on the market.

Plastic rain barrel

A very popular model, PVC or polyethylene barrels are usually easy to find in superstores or hardware stores. This type of barrel is very durable and has a long service life.

Wooden rain barrel

Wooden rain barrels are a classic choice. Though quite expensive, the luxurious materials will lend character to your yard. A higher level of maintenance is nevertheless required.

Pop-up barrel

Made of flexible and highly resistant laminated polyester, this type of barrel holds a moderate amount of water. This model is perfect for colder regions as it is easy to store in a small space come winter.

Rain barrel and planter

Similar to plastic barrels, this model of rain barrel has a planter on top for flowers. Generally more ornamental, this type of rain barrel can be used in landscape design.

Homemade barrel

Another option is to make your own rain barrel. To do this, you will need to purchase the necessary hardware and find a barrel made of food grade plastic.

Other rainwater collection systems exist, including rainwater tanks, which come in various shapes and sizes and are made of a variety of different materials.

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