There isn’t always a clear-cut answer on which planter is best. Just like with most things in life, there are pros and cons to each. While concrete planters can be great in certain environments, their overall weight, their weaknesses when it comes to weather, the presence of toxic chemicals, and the fading of colors and appearance make them harder to maintain and use than fiberglass planters.
When it comes to maintaining a garden, often it is supposed to be a moment of solace, a place to detox and unwind after a long week. With fiberglass planters, reorganizing and creating the perfect outdoor or indoor environment can be easy and efficient, since fiberglass planters are so lightweight and simple to move, as mentioned on many pros and cons lists. Concrete planters, on the other hand, are heavy and cumbersome and often incredibly difficult to move. Besides that, concrete planters often need extra support such as slabs to be put on to keep the area that it’s placed on secure. This limits where concrete planters can be placed.
Worrying about the weather is something that doesn’t have to happen with every planter. While concrete planters are vulnerable to colder temperatures, fiberglass planters aren’t! Fiberglass planters are frost-resistant and shatter proof, meaning that they won’t fall victim to cracks or breaks when temperatures fluctuate between freezing and thawing. Concrete planters, however, can crack or break quite easily with the changing temperatures, meaning that they cannot be left outside in all seasons and are better kept inside in colder months. That would mean having to lug and haul the planter inside when the seasons change, and putting it back out when temperatures warm up. With fiberglass planters, that isn’t a problem! The planter won’t fall victim to the elements, and if you do need to move it, its weight makes that incredibly easy.
Plants don’t like chemicals! It’s the simple nature of how things works. Plants thrive best when they are given healthy soil, clean water, and minerals. With fiberglass planters, your plants will get only the best planting environment. The way that the planters are created, their coating is chemical free and promotes a healthy growing environment for all plants. Concrete planters, because of what they’re created with, have a tendency to leak chemicals they gained throughout the assembly process due to their porous makeup. This can not only damage plants, but the run off from the planter could also be dangerous to other plants in other planters near it.
Concrete planters, like fiberglass planters, come in many shapes, sizes, and finishes. Where they differ, however, is when it comes to appearance longevity. Concrete planters lose color vibrancy with UV exposure, and their material leaves them vulnerable to chips and scratches from the elements, something that could be exacerbated by being placed in a high traffic area. Fiberglass planters are resistant to color-fading thanks to the unique way that they are assembled. The planters are also resistant to chips and scratches, which means they can be placed in any walkway, patio, or other high traffic area without worrying about what could happen to them. Jay Scotts offers sixteen different color options that are guaranteed to last no matter where the planters are placed as well as custom matching.
While concrete planters can be lovely, fiberglass planters are lighter weight, weather resistant, don’t contain chemicals, and hold their appearance! To search the entire catalog of Jay Scotts planters, be sure to download it today! Jay Scotts has also compared multiple types of planters against fiberglass and all of the results can be found in other posts. For any other questions or if you need help finding the right planter, don’t hesitate to ask.