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What Pipes are Best?

You might be surprised, but when it comes to plumbing needs, there are actually many choices to make! Don’t worry, we’re here to help! This blog covers what type of pipes might be most suitable for your new build home, so read on to learn more.

Deciding between plastic pipes or copper pipes for your new home is a big decision to make. You don’t want to be caught in a situation where you have to switch materials mid build, as this could mean wasted time and money, and you’d have to buy multiple parts and adaptors for the various piping materials. So, before you start make sure you make a firm decision between copper or plastic pipes.

Copper pipes are the more traditional form of plumbing pipes, as it offers plumbers the flexibility of switching out parts, making it a really popular choice when it comes to pipe insulation. But whilst it’s had a lot of time as the market leader in plumbing installations, is it still the best option?

The Pros

  • Durable, copper can last a long time
  • Copper can handle the heat without losing strength
  • Copper resists corrosion and high-water pressure
  • Copper is more easily usable outdoor

The Cons

  • Copper can be more expensive and less flexible than plastic pipes
  • Tap water may taste metallic if not treated with filtering
  • Pipes can burst if water freezes internally

Plastic pipes are growing in popularity thanks to flexibility and price. PVC pipes are one of the more commonly used plastic pipes.

The Pros

  • Simple and faster install options
  • Cheaper than copper pipes
  • Low noise emission & faster water flow
  • Little to no temperature conduction

The Cons

  • When choosing the correct PVC pipes for hot water, it can be hard to ensure the longevity of the pipe
  • Vulnerable to expansion and shrinkage pending the temperature of the liquids
  • Shorter pipe life
  • Not ideal for outdoor use

Here at Max Shutler Plumbing & Heating, we are used to regularly installing bathrooms, so would be happy to help you with your decision!

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