Whether you’re replacing a section of pipe, re-piping your entire home, or making decisions for new construction, one of the first and most basic choices you’ll make is about piping materials. These days, the most common choice is between good old gleaming copper and new-millennium plastic pipes like PEX.
So which is better?
Copper Pipe Pros And Cons
Copper piping has been around since the time of the Pharaohs when Egyptians built it into their palaces. It has outlasted a number of other metallic pipes, like iron, lead, and galvanized steel, because copper is resistant to water corrosion, has a very low reactivity rate, and doesn’t release toxins into the water supply. Check out these other pros and cons of copper piping.
- High resistance to chlorine in normal municipal water conditions
- Can be used outdoors
- Completely recyclable
- Long history of excellent performance
- Useful life of 70 years or more
- Resistant to bacteria growth
- Accepted in municipal codes all across the USA