No, opting for copper pipes in your home isn’t the most cost-effective route to take. For the more frugal minded, plastic will always win the day on cost. But as you know, cheaper does not equal better. In fact, spending a little more money on copper pipes may just save you a lot of money down the road.
What are the benefits of copper pipes?
- Copper is durable and fire resistant (plastic pipes in the event of a fire are a disaster)
- It’s earthquake tolerant
- Just about every building code accepts copper plumbing
- Copper plumbing is excellent for the resale value of your home
- Copper is biostatic – meaning it resists the growth of bacteria
- Copper is malleable, so it can be made to fit just about anywhere
The next time you’re confronted with figuring out the plumbing in your new home, consider copper over plastic or galvanized steel. Its longevity and benefits will far outweigh the slightly increased cost up front.