As you likely know, there is a variety of types of piping materials used for plumbing, each with their own distinct advantages and disadvantages. However, for over 70 years at Crisafulli Bros. Plumbing & Heating in Albany NY, copper piping has been and continues to be the material of choice for plumbing, with more than 80 percent of new homes being built with copper piping. In fact, based on industry studies it is estimated that 94% of professional plumbers use copper piping over other plumbing materials in homes, offices, condominiums, apartments and others. Below are just a few of the advantages of using copper piping for plumbing:
- Quality - Accepted by virtually all plumbing codes, copper piping is an environmentally friendly material that withstands punctures and won’t crack, crumble, rust or corrode over time. Copper piping fittings feature strong, leak-proof joints that don’t break down when properly installed. With copper piping’s proven track record of success, it is built to last and requires almost no maintenance. In fact, real estate agents have indicated that all-copper plumbing systems will add value to your home at sale time.
- Safe - In the unfortunate event of fire, copper piping can withstand extreme temperature changes and will not melt, burn, or give off smoke or toxic fumes. If you’ve ever seen the aftermath of a fire, typically the only thing left standing is the copper plumbing. Perhaps that is why copper is the most popular metal used for fire sprinkler systems.
- Affordable - Even with all its features, the cost of copper piping is relatively low. In fact, an all-copper piping system costs around the same as other plumbing systems made from lower quality materials.
- Environmentally Friendly - Because of its resistance, copper piping can block contaminants from penetrating its walls. As a natural material, copper also inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria that can grow in most plumbing systems.
- Flexible - Copper is overall a much thinner material than other metallic pipes, however it can still transport large volumes of water and hold up under rapid pressure. Additionally, because copper is a softer metal and can bend, plumbers find it easier to install copper piping through narrow wall and floor spaces.
If your home doesn’t already have copper piping and you’re considering replacing your current system, be sure to talk with a Albany, NY licensed plumber as this type of work can be a complicated process and should be executed by experts. However, either way, the benefits you’ll realize from a copper re-piping project are well worth the investment.