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PVC Pipes vs. Copper Pipes

February 10, 2011

Choosing between PVC pipes and copper pipes is not a decision you make very often.  Usually, you would make this decision when you move into or out of a house.  The decision you make will affect the value of the house, so let’s weigh the pros and cons of each type of pipe.

Copper pipes

When installing or upgrading the piping in your house, apartment, or building, what should you install, copper or PVC pipes? Joie weighs the pros and cons of each type.Pros

  • Copper pipes increase home value.
  • They can last a lifetime.
  • They can withstand higher pressure.
  • Copper acts as a biostatic.
  • They can contract and expand with temperature.
  • They can be installed in small places.

Cons

  • Copper pipes are more expensive than PVC pipes.
  • In the winter, the pipes might freeze or burst.
  • There have been reports of metallic tastes in the water.

PVC pipes

When installing or upgrading the piping in your house, apartment, or building, what should you install, copper or PVC pipes? Joie weighs the pros and cons of each type.Pros

  • PVC pipes weigh less than copper pipes.
  • They can withstand high water pressure.
  • Less expensive than copper pipes.
  • Less noisy than copper pipes.

Cons

  • PVC pipes do not tolerate flames well.
  • They do not flex well under pressure.
  • The amount of toxins in PVC leaks may cause health problems such as cancer or neurological damage.

In my opinion, I feel that investing a little more money into copper pipes would be the best choice because the pros definitely outweigh the cons, especially in the long run.  Because of the increase in property value that comes with the installation of copper pipes, you will realize a return on investment on your property should you sell your house or building in the future.  The longest-lasting repairs you can make to your house or building should begin from the inside, with copper pipes.

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Joie Montoya