9 - Advantages valued by professionals

Top technical reasons – ask your plumber for more details.

Knowing all the technical advantages offered by copper systems, professional plumbers like to work with copper and install it in their homes. Here are some of the top reasons why:

  • Copper pipework systems are easy to install. A wide variety of jointing techniques exists (soldering, brazing, press, push-fit, compression and all are proven to be reliable and quick to install.
  • Low pressure loss in pipework: there is no reduction of cross-section in joints.  Some plastics systems need an insert at joints, which reduces the bore, leading to additional pressure loss and an increase in the energy required for pumping.
  • Less space needed for installation.  Copper tube can withstand high pressures and maintain high flow rates with a small outside diameter.
  • Low coefficient of expansion, high corrosion resistance, hygienic, no ageing or deterioration,...

...with so many positive attributes, copper will play a key role in the development of sustainable buildings and one of its main applications will continue to be in plumbing and heating systems.  


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