When deciding on the most suitable location for copper pipework, plumbers have to take into account the wishes of the customer for a reliable, quality installation, with minimum amounts of pipework on show, and work carried out at minimum cost.  These wishes have to be balanced against the requirements of the various Standards and Regulations.

Copper pipework must be installed so that it is reasonably accessible for inspection and testing, as well as maintenance and repair.

In the 20th Century, copper became the first choice for plumbing and heating installations, setting very high standards which competing materials can only try to reach. The reliability of copper has been proven over many decades by the millions of European homes plumbed with copper.  Copper has therefore rightly earned its reputation as the best pipework material.