Stainless steel pipes, as well as copper pipes, have proven themselves in heating and water supply systems. They are ideal for strapping boilers and boiler room equipment. They look perfect do not require painting because they do not oxidize and do not rust.
Stainless steel is a durable metal, alloy steel, characterized by the quality of high resistance to corrosion. Resistance to corrosion in the atmosphere and aggressive environments, exposure to various temperatures provide alloying elements that make up this metal.
Advantages of stainless steel materials
Unlike copper pipes, stainless steel is a more durable material that does not much but allocates stainless steel for the installation of plumbing and heating systems.
Just like copper pipe, 304 stainless steel pipe can stand for centuries and does not require replacement on the walls of stainless steel pipes; there are no rust outgrowths which, like a sponge, absorb alkali, which contributes to blockages in ferrous metal pipes.
- Not oxidized
Stainless steel sheets are not only not susceptible to corrosion but also not oxidized. Therefore they do not require additional attention in the form of painting or varnishing because the 304 stainless steel sheet will always look perfect – like new. Although stainless steel does not have an antiseptic and disinfecting property like copper, it does not cost much acid and various aggressive chemical influences.
The installation of a tube with 316 stainless steel tube is slightly inferior to copper tubes because it cannot be soldered with tin as easy as copper. However, this installation method is not the only one, and it is possible to assemble pipelines on a press-fitting which is also widely used in the installation of copper pipes and also has the advantage over polypropylene in that it is carried out in a non-linear way
- Low expansion coefficient
It is also worth saying that stainless steel pipes have a very low expansion coefficient, like all metals, so you can safely mount long pipelines without fear that when expanding, they will lead and distort due to heating.
conductivity The thermal conductivity of stainless steel pipes is inferior to copper pipes. However, still, it is metal, which is quite suitable for use as a material for the manufacture of heat exchangers. And its heat resistance is widely used in high-temperature furnaces.
- Heat resistance
The melting point of 316 stainless steel sheet is about 1800 ° C; therefore, stainless steel sheets can tie boiler rooms of any power into flesh up to an industrial scale. And the strength of stainless tubes is in no way inferior to a steel tube.
Disadvantages of using stainless steel materials are:
There are almost no shortcomings in stainless steel pipes, except that they can burst when water freezes in them. But this is rather not a drawback, but a property of any metal related to a low ductility coefficient.
At a cost, stainless steel pipes will cost less than copper pipes, but slightly more expensive than steel pipes.