If you’re planning a bathroom remodeling project that involves water piping changes or you’ve got corroded water pipes anywhere in your home, figuring out which piping material is best for your needs is one of the key questions you’ll have to consider. Local codes may regulate your piping selection and a professional licensed plumbing contractor should be consulted.
You have many options to choose from, including galvanized steel, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) or AquaPEX, but copper pipes remain one of the best available choices for a number of reasons.
First, copper piping is thinner than other materials while still allowing the passage of the same volume of water as alternative metals. This makes it an ideal choice if you have to pass pipes through narrow spaces in your walls or flooring.
Another advantage of copper piping is that it is more malleable than other metals, allowing it to be bent and shaped easier during the installation process. This reduces the amount of joint, such as fittings and couplings that need to be used during installation, which ultimately cuts down on plumbing installation time and provides better flow characteristics.
Copper is also extremely safe as a plumbing material. It naturally resists the growth of bacteria, ensuring that your piping will never be the direct cause of water contamination. It’s durable and has a long lifespan. In fact, most copper piping comes with at least a 50-year manufacturer’s warranty, which is far longer than you can expect to get from other piping materials. Water quality can affect the tubing life and may void the warranty, so have a licensed water testing laboratory confirm your water quality or call Rodenhiser to take care of it all.
While copper works well in most homes, the water in some areas may call for a different kind of a material. That’s why it’s a good idea to bring in a certified professional to assess the situation. A professional can tell you how to address poor water quality through filtration and help you make an educated choice about your water system and replacement piping.
Copper piping tends to cost more than the other alternatives available to you, but its long life and relative ease of maintenance make it worth the extra up-front investment. Of course, the professionals at Rodenhiser are happy to answer your questions and offer expert advice about piping replacement or any other home-comfort issue.