Choosing the Right Valve

Choosing the right valve is a critical step in any project. At Munro, we offer a wide range of valves, including different configurations and construction materials. If you don’t see what you need, just give us a call. We know valves!

All valve types have pros and cons, depending on the application. The tips below will help you select the appropriate valve.

Pros and Cons of Various Valves

Gate Valves
Designed to operate fully open or closed, these valves open slowly and are available in a wide variety of sizes and materials.
  • Slow operation prevents fluid hammer
  • Very little pressure loss
  • Good seal under high pressure
  • Seepage is normal under low pressure
Ball Valves
These simple, trouble free valves are also designed to operate fully open or fully closed.
  • Good for throttling clear water
  • Low pressure drops
  • Open and close quickly
  • Simple design and operation
  • Opening too quickly can cause fluid hammer
Butterfly Valves
Generally used for handling large volumes, these valves are very compact.
  • Can handle large volume
  • Can handle slurries
  • Compact design
  • Should not be used for throttling
  • Traditional valves need additional hardware to mount
Globe valves
Used to throttle or limit the flow of water, globe valves are used in situations where the flow needs to be adjusted regularly but does not need to be fully open.
  • Easy to operate, instant access
  • Valve does not need to be reseated
  • Flow is restricted due to baffle