The foundation of a successful operation is quality piping systems. To avoid hemorrhaging time, money, and product while fixing corroded and leaky pipes, choose a pipe which needs minimal maintenance. Fiberglass pipe offers you a number of advantages over other options. Today we’ll compare fiberglass pipe and tubing with the popular steel piping systems.
Unlike steel piping, fiberglass does not require any heavy, unwieldy welds. These welds increase friction and can be a weak point in the piping, requiring more maintenance. Additionally, fiberglass piping has a smoother bore throughout, reducing both resistance and erosion, and drastically cutting maintenance costs. It does not require the de-scaling procedures required by steel pipes. The smooth bore also reduces the amount of pumping required. This means you may be able to install smaller pump systems and will almost certainly save on energy costs even when using larger pump systems.
The initial cost of fiberglass piping might put you off, since the bill is likely to run higher than your steel quotes. However, since most companies are laying down infrastructure for long-term operations, the fiberglass will actually save you money over the lifetime of the product. Because fiberglass piping reduces erosion, eliminates physical and electrolytic corrosion, and does not require de-scaling, maintenance costs are nearly eliminated. Once it’s installed, you can focus your attention on more important aspects of your operations!
Resilient to corrosion
Steel pipes are prone to corrosion, both electrolytic and galvanic, but because fiberglass pipes are inert and non-conductive, both types of corrosion are nearly eliminated. Damage due to lightning will also be kept to a minimum, another benefit of the non-conductive nature of fiberglass.
Contact APEX Western Fiberglass today to find out more about our high quality Star fiberglass facility pipe, line pipe, and downhole tubing. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have!