Are copper pipes better than plastic pipes?

Copper pipes are more popular with homeowners than plastic PVC pipes for several reasons.

  • Greater durability.
  • Easier to fit into tight spaces.
  • Increased home value.

However, these benefits should be weighed against the advantages of PVC pipes:

  • Lightweight, and easier to install.
  • Lower cost.
  • Able to withstand higher water pressure.

Of course, both come with their disadvantages:

  • Copper pipes are higher in cost, can fail at extreme temperatures, and may give a slight metallic taste to water.
  • PVC pipe is bulky and inflexible, and may give water a slight plastic aftertaste.

If you don’t want to base your decision on whether you prefer copper or plastic tasting water, consult a professional plumber for additional information on the pros and cons of copper versus PVC piping.

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