What are the Advantages of a Steel Braided Hose?

A Steel Braided Hose has a number of advantages over a rubber or plastic hose, which makes it ideal in a number of industrial situations and for a range of applications.

When choosing whether to use a stainless braided hose (as steel braided hoses and metal flexible hoses are almost always made out of stainless steel) it’s important to take into account the various attributes which make it ideal for the task you’re facing. These attributes, which give it an advantage over conventional rubber hosing, include resistance to pressure, corrosion and physical toughness, each of which contributes to a longer lifespan and therefore an overall increase on cost-efficiency, which is vital for successful enterprise. These attributes are covered in more detail below.

Pressure Resistance

When your hose must carry fluids at high pressures or be subjected to high pressures from outside, rubber or plastic hosing may not make the cut. Vulnerable to bulging or even bursting under high pressure, such hoses should be replaced with steel braided hose as quickly as possible. Stainless braided hose is reinforced against pressure both from within and without, making it a safer, more reliable choice when piping high-pressure fluids or for use under water. At Proflex Hose, for example, all metal flexible hose assemblies are pressure tested under water as standard.

Corrosion Resistance

Rubber is relatively inert, but it is not immune to corrosion, particularly corrosion caused by the elements and by chemicals. Stainless steel, however, is famous for its corrosion resistance, able to resist corrosion caused by weather, temperature changes and chemicals alike thanks to its partial chromium constituents. With a stainless braided hose, the threat of corrosion – and subsequent failure of the hosing – is substantially reduced.

Physical Toughness

Steel braided hose is made from interwoven lengths of flattened stainless steel, and just as a heavy cloth is stronger than the individual threads that make it up, the woven construction method results in a hose which is even stronger than the sum of its already strong parts. Flexible and versatile, the actual physical resistance of these hoses is remarkable, and they are extremely resistant to puncturing damage, lacerations or cutting, and perishing caused by bending.

Long Lifespan

A braided metal hose is made from a non-perishable and corrosion-resistant material, able to resist bulging and crumpling under pressure and hard to damage and wear down by physical means, making the lifespan of these hoses considerably more than many of their less-hardy rivals. When put through the same rigorous test conditions, a braided metal hose will almost always outlast a corrugated plastic or solid rubber hose due to its hardier construction.

Cost-Effectiveness

When the long lifespan of a stainless braided hose is taken into account, and factored in with the reduced need to replace hoses lost to corrosion, bulging or bursting, the overall cost-effectiveness of these components increases starkly compared to their rubber and plastic rivals. While originally and individually more expensive, in many industrial situations the heavier initial cost of these braided steel hoses will be more than balanced out by an increased efficiency and reduced need to replace damaged or corroded hoses.

When to choose Stainless Braided Hose

Braided metal hoses may seem like the answer to your hose-based prayers, but there are some situations in which a rubber or corrugated plastic hose would be more cost-effective – including in low-pressure use or in situations involving less rigorous conditions, where a less expensive hose would be perfectly adequate.