If you are weighing out the pros and cons of all the plumbing material options available to you, then you should consider copper plumbing as the forerunner. For over seventy years, copper plumbing has been the gold standard, installed in over eighty percent of today’s homes, and for good reason. Here are five benefits of copper plumbing:
Reliability. Copper is a naturally occurring material – not a synthetic material; therefore, it does not break down over time the way synthetics do. This means that it is not unusual for copper plumbing to actually outlast the building it is installed in. What’s more is that copper will not begin to sag over time, as alternative plumbing materials do, and copper plumbing joints are tight, resistant to corrosion, and most likely never to leak water over the lifetime of the plumbing.
Clean and drinkable water supply. Copper is manufactured without lead, so there is no risk of lead poisoning from water that travels through copper piping (as opposed to galvanized piping). Copper has a biostatic property, meaning it does not enable the growth of bacteria. It maintains a healthy pH level (perfect for circumstances in which the water supply may be too acid), and is resistant to corrosion and ultraviolet light.
Ease of installation. Copper is naturally a flexible material, which means it can bend, making it easy for installers to fit it into awkwardly shaped areas. Copper piping is also thin, which means it can handle a lot of water flow even at a relatively narrow size, making it ideal for installation in tight and narrow spaces.
Cost. To begin with, copper plumbing is competitively priced in comparison with the alternatives. Additionally, the fact that it is bendable means that you don’t have to pay extra for things like connectors, fasteners, and joints; this has a two-fold advantage of costing less for the hardware, and requiring fewer installation hours (thus costing less for installation).
Extended warranty. Copper is the only plumbing material that generally comes with a fifty year extended warranty from the manufacturer. That is because copper is so durable, low maintenance, and long lasting. The manufacturer’s warranty covers any defects in the material, or workmanship issues during the manufacturing process.
Your home’s plumbing is a major investment, and one that you will need to last for many years to come. Don’t take any chances with faulty plumbing materials or installation. Put all of your plumbing needs in the hands of competent, trustworthy professionals like us.