When starting a job, it’s important to consider the type of piping that will fit the scope and cost of the project best. For most projects, especially those involving piping that will be transporting liquid, the choices will come down to stainless steel pipe or industrial plastic pipe. In each case, there’s some basic information to consider when choosing your pipe.
The Pros and Cons of Industrial Plastic Pipe
Perhaps the most attractive quality of industrial plastic pipe is that it’s lightweight and doesn’t rust or corrode. It’s also easy to install — there are a range of different methods for joining such as clamps, mechanical couplings or solvent welding. And of course, it tends to go for much less money than stainless steel pipe.
However, there are drawbacks to using plastic pipe, and those mainly concern its longevity. Plastic pipe will never last as long as stainless steel, and it won’t match stainless steel in terms of its heat resistance. Both of these factors will contribute to industrial plastic piping needing to be replaced more often than stainless steel.
The Pros of Cons of Stainless Steel Pipe
Steel pipe is obviously made from strong materials that will last much longer than industrial plastic pipe. This means less maintenance and repairs in the long run. The durable materials in steel also allow the pipe to be resistant to higher temperatures.
But a few negative factors weigh into the mostly terrific reasons to use stainless steel pipe. Cost can be an issue, as stainless steel is more expensive to manufacture and mass-produce than industrial plastic pipe. Another common issue with stainless pipe is rust forming between the threads, which can lead to contamination of the liquid being transported through the pipe.
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