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Types of Pipes

Copper Pipe

Copper pipes are the typical standard and are considered to be an excellent high performing type of pipe. Copper is long lasting is not affected by corrosion. Copper pipes come in several varieties of soft, flexible, and hard. We recommend that when installing copper pipes into a new building or upgrading the pipes in a renovation project, is your best solution despite the higher cost.

Cast Iron Pipe

Cast iron pipes are common in older homes, they are both heavy but durable. Compared to the more modern plastic pipe, cast iron pipes are quieter when water runs through them, more durable and can better withstand the use of chemicals and mechanical pipe-cleaning equipment employed to clean pipes.

Galvanized Steel Pipe

Galvanized steel pipes are very strong, and will last for a long time, and are often used for transporting gas as well as water. This type of pipe is rough and if used for a number of years will accumulate minerals on their interior walls, narrowing the pipe and becoming problematic. Galvanized steel pipe is available in different lengths and diameters, and is coated with an anti-rust coat. Connecting lengths of pipe requires cutting threads into the pipe ends which removes the anti-rust coating, exposing this section to the promotion of rust over time. This is a less desirable type of pipe and many home owners are removing this material and replacing it with copper.

Plastic Pipes

Plastic pipes are the cheapest of all types, it is also simple to install, therefore has low labour costs too. Connections are made easily through cutting of the plastic pipe, plastic fittings, can of plastic cement, and a brush. Its weight is very light, making it easy to support, and it will not corrode. Though, plastic pipes are not strong as other materials, nor can they bend as copper, they tend to crack under heavy loads. They will also be very noisy when water runs through them.

You can use different types of pipe materials in your house, using the advantages each material has to get maximum efficiency, productivity and lower costs.

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