Stainless steel ductwork may cost a little more than galvanised or GRP, but there are cases in industrial units in which stainless steel is the definitely the best choice. Stainless steel is needed in a number of environments, such as for ductwork in factories that deal with waste, because of the caustic or hazardous nature of the air being ventilated. The food industry and food processing environments use stainless steel to prevent bacteria trapping in welds, for example.
There are so many benefits to using stainless steel, which we will discuss in more detail below…
Durability and longevity
Stainless steel’s extreme durability and longevity are among its many benefits. The strength of stainless steel actually provides numerous cost saving benefits. It resists corrosion from harsh substances, can be used in both indoor and outdoor applications and provides years of use without necessitating replacement.
The waste and chemical industry often opt to go for GRP which is less expensive up front, but stainless steel is easier to work with, more durable and lasts much longer. Furthermore, it has the added bonus of being abrasion resistant and its rigidity makes is a great choice for moving high volumes of air.
Retains strength at temperature extremities
Unlike various other materials, stainless steel will remain strong and hold it’s shape at the very extremes of temperatures. This is very relevant in many industries that deal with extremely high or very low temperatures.
Environmentally, stainless steel is the better choice because it resists moisture and condensation, both of which can lead to the accumulation of harmful mould or mildew. Due to the high recycle/recapture rate, stainless steel is viewed as the “green” choice. It can reduce energy consumption during production and is 100% recyclable so it can be easily turned into a new metal, either stainless or carbon steel.
Recycled stainless steel is used in the generation of solar, nuclear, geothermal, and wave power as well as the production of alternative energy equipment.
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Obviously, there will be many occasions in which stainless steel ducting isn’t necessary, for example in smaller scale commercial businesses. However, all large scale facilities and factories should consider stainless steel. Please call us on 0161 764 4004 to discuss your ducting requirements.