The cost of the pipe itself is just the beginning. The fundamental difference in installation is that rigid pipe is a complete, sturdy structure whereas flexible pipe is essentially just a liner that requires a structure to be built around it in the field.
Remember to account for the cost of materials and labor for different soil and compaction requirements.
Design, materials, construction, and inspection all factor into the total cost of a pipeline installation. However, any maintenance, repair, or replacement must also be considered. Once you factor in the greater upfront costs of flexible pipes plus the higher potential for failures caused by an improper installation – and the choice becomes clear.
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