Stainless Pipes, Fittings and Flanges: 5 Key Benefits

September 10, 2014 in Pipes Valves and Fittings by

Stainless stell flangesFrom tubing, to cutlery, to appliances, stainless steel is used in many different applications.

This is for good reason, because it has many advantageous properties.

Here are a handful of those properties that make it an excellent choice for pipes, fittings and flanges.

Resistance To Corrosion

The most well-known advantage of stainless pipes and fittings (and of stainless steel in general) is their ability to hold up against corrosion.

Stainless steel’s chromium component–which comprises at least 10% of the overall material–gives it this beneficial property. When exposed to oxygen, the chromium forms a thin, invisible passivation layer on the surface of the steel. It’s impervious to water and air, and it also reforms quickly if scratched, making stainless steel pipe, fittings, and flanges excellent choices in corrosive environments. One drawback is that stainless steel materials don’t offer as good of corrosion resistance if placed in environments without oxygen.

Temperature Resistance

Another advantage of stainless steel flanges, pipes and fittings is that some grades of the material can endure extreme temperatures.

Some can maintain their strength at extremely high temperatures, while others perform well in bitterly cold environments.

Easy Fabrication

Most grades of stainless steel can be formed, cut, machined and fabricated relatively easily. This means that your order of stainless steel pipes and fittings can be delivered quickly, letting you start your project promptly.

Strength-to-weight Advantage

Because stainless steel can resist corrosion and temperature damage so well, less of it is needed than other materials. That means, when you choose stainless steel, your pipes can be made thinner, reducing material costs and making installation easier.

Aesthetic Qualities

Stainless steel is available in a variety of finishes. Plus, it’s easy to maintain. These factors combine to give it a handsome appearance.

As you can see, stainless steel pipes, fittings and flanges offer numerous advantages. Think they might be right for your upcoming project? We’d love to hear from you, so get in touch.

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