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Is Copper Or Plastic Piping Right For Me?


How often have you sat and contemplated the age-old question of which one is better, a copper or plastic plumbing system? We all do this from time to time, I’ll bet. Unfortunately, you may not have found the answer to your question yet!

This is why we are here! We are going to shed some light on that age-old question to help you better understand what will be right for your home. As there are many factors involved in the decision, you may have to weigh more than just the pros and cons, but we want to give you a running start!

What Are The Pros Of Copper Water Pipes?

copperwaterpipesCopper water pipes have been the go-to for many years. They have been the standard piping material that replaced the old cast iron versus.

There are many advantages to copper piping that can help you make the choice between the two opposing options.

Let’s take a look at what the pros are:

  • - Copper is highly durable.
  • - It is resistant to UV light so it can be used outdoors.
  • - Copper has natural properties.
  • - It has a biostatic atmosphere which reduces bacteria.
  • - Resistant to corrosion.
  • - Easy to install as it is well used and plumbers are used to working with it.
  • - Won’t snap or break.

What Are The Pros Of Plastic Water Pipes?

Plastic water pipes have become popular in recent years due to their own advantages. Plastic pipes or PEX piping is a crosslinked polyethylene that has been used for repiping and repairs. The pros of PEx piping are as follows:


  • - Durable during extreme temperatures so pipes won’t burst.
  • - Easy to install in tight places.
  • - Flexible quality.
  • - Needs fewer connections and fittings for installation.
  • - Cheaper and faster to install.
  • - Reduced amount of leaks.
  • - Will not corrode.

Picking Either Copper Or Plastic Piping

repipingNow that you have the above information, you are probably still at a loose as to which one is best. As we mentioned above, the deciding factor usually lies in what your circumstances are.

When you think about temperature, usually warmer climates will do better with copper versus plastic. On the other hand, if you have narrow spaces that the pipes need to fit into, plastic may be your best bet.

Your budget should also be a consideration as copper is more expensive to install. There are other factors to consider. To give a little more context, let’s look at the cons of copper piping:

  • - Pipes freeze easily.
  • - They can be acidic with well water.
  • - Copper can work its way into the water you drink (especially in new homes).
  • - More expensive.

All of these factors in the above article should be taken into consideration when planning a new construction or repiping project. Still not sure? We have the answer for that as well! Rooter MD Plumbing & Heating is a leader in plumbing technology.

Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are standing by to assist you with any questions you might have. Ready to repipe your home? Work with our licensed professionals and know the job will be well done! Give us a call today at (248) 888-7777.