Metal vs. Fabric Expansion Joints: Which Is Better?

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When it comes to choosing the right type of expansion joint for your plant, it can be hard to know whether metal or fabric is the best option. The answer really depends on your needs, so let’s take a look at the various situations in which you might opt for one type over the other.

Metal Expansion Joints

As a typically maintenance-free option, metal expansion joints may be a good option for you if you need something that’s completely non-combustible. They can handle an extreme range of temperatures, from high heat to cryogenic. They can also withstand intense pressure.

Another great thing about metal expansion joints is that they can be used in a wide variety of process conditions, such as air, liquid, steam, and cryogenic. Gases and liquids won’t leak with this type of expansion joint, either, which can definitely be a plus.

Fabric Expansion Joints

The fabric option is also good for high temperatures, although the range of temperatures it can handle isn’t quite as wide as metal. It’s capable of a high degree of movement (including torsional) and isn’t restricted by size, and it’s typically a very cost-effective option, with a design and fabrication process that’s less expensive than metal.

Additionally, although fabric expansion joints may involve some maintenance, repairs are usually easy.

Looking for Expansion Joints? Contact ProcessBarron!

Whether metal or fabric is right for you, ProcessBarron has the expansion joints your plant needs. We design, manufacture, assemble, and splice all fabric and metal expansion joints in house for a wide variety of applications.

We also have technical experts available for field inspection and expansion joint evaluation services, complete field installation, temporary joint repair and splicing, and turnkey installation.

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