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Adavantages of Fabric vs. Metal Expansion Joints

Fabric Hinged expansion joint type
Reasons to choose a fabric pipe expansion joint Reasons to choose a metal pipe expansion joint
  • Good for high temperature applications
  • High movement capabilities
  • No size restraints
  • Less expensive to design and fabricate
  • Generally low cost with quick delivery on larger sizes
  • Easy to repair and preset
  • Accomodates torsional movement
  • Maintenance Free
  • Non-Combustible
  • Withstand a large range of temperatures from high temperature to cryogenic
  • Can be used for high pressure services
  • Used for a variety of process conditions including air, steam, liquid, cryogenic, etc.
  • Does not allow leakage of gases or liquids
  • Two-ply testable bellows