When it comes to yard work, all-weather durability is key. The worst thing about summertime fun in the yard is having all of your projects cut short due to a broken hose. If you're tired of dealing with kinks and weak points that lead to ruptures, take into consideration all of your hose options before making a purchase. Also, find a hose with a burst pressure of at least 350 Psi if you'll be using a hose nozzle or sprinkler.
Hoses are made from all manner of materials, all of which affect the final use and durability of the hose.
Vinyl is inexpensive, but its thin walls are susceptible to damage. It also has a very low heat tolerance, meaning that it will fail when faced with water above 90 degrees Fahrenheit or even direct sunlight. Vinyl can also become brittle and crack with age or when left out in the sun.
Rubber has all-weather durability, but it's not without its issues. Like all rubber products, rubber hoses have a short shelf life – about two years – after which they begin to dry rot and deteriorate. Rubber is also a more expensive option, and it's important to remember that all of the fittings you'll use with a rubber hose will come from this material as well.
Fabric hoses have all the pros and cons of rubber hoses without some of the downsides. They have all-weather durability, resistance to weather, and all but the most powerful chemicals. In some cases, fabric hoses can be repaired with a patch kit if they become punctured. They're also inexpensive, especially in larger sizes.
On the downside, fabric hoses have a relatively short shelf life – just over one year – and all of their components are made from rubber, so all of the fittings will wear out together.
Butyl hoses have all-weather durability and resistance to chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers. They're also impervious to punctures, though they can become weakened over time through exposure to sunlight.
In conclusion, all-weather durability is all but mandatory in all outdoor projects. Make sure that your hose can take on any weather pattern you might need it to, and check the burst pressure before buying a new one. Also, look at all of the components used to make the hose before purchase, as all hoses have differing durability depending on their material.