05 Nov Copper vs. Polymer Plastic Piping: What’s the Difference?
The plastic vs. polymer(plastic pipe} plumbing comparison is not as easy as night and day. Each side has compelling benefits, but they are accompanied by a few disadvantages as well. The Aquatechnik team specialises in plumbing solutions, so we put some expert advice to good use in this blog. If you’ve ever had clients ask you to help them choose between copper and polymer plastic pipe fittings, but were unsure what to say, this is for you. We lay out the advantages and disadvantages on either side, for you to share with clients to help them make an informed decision.
Copper pipe – The Experienced Original
The history of copper as a crucial part of Australian construction goes back a few centuries, but the most important developments took place a little over a century ago. Copper piping and copper fittings are the most common type found in the country, but this has changed rapidly with the introduction of polymer plastic piping systems to Australia in the late 1980’s and early 90’s. Here are some pros and cons of copper pipes:
- A durable material, with a lifespan of 70 years or more.
- Resistant to corrosion and heat.
- Easy to recycle.
- Requires flame to complete jointing- Hot works permits required, OH&S hazard.
- Far more expensive than polymer plastic pipe fittings
- Requires skilled technicians and is labour intensive to install
- Prone to be noisy, water hammer etc (metallic pipe transmits noise more readily than polymer pipe)
Polymer (plastic) Pipe and Fittings – The New Generation
It is no secret that polymer piping systems are less expensive than copper in terms of material costs, but they afford a much faster installation time and a lower skill level to install.
While they are new in comparison to copper piping systems, a polymer piping system has a proven track record for efficiency and a modern approach to the trade. Here are some pros and cons:
- Resistant to damage from high water pressure and corrosion.
- More flexible and far quicker and easier to install than copper.
- More affordable than copper fittings.
- Need to be protected from UV rays when installed outside
- Multiple brands and differing types of polymer and jointing methods
- Usually requires a different tool for installation depending on the brand and jointing method.
- Some polymer types will elongate substantially when compared to copper when used for hot water lines.
The Aquatechnik safety system is able to withstand pressure, heat and cold. You don’t need to worry about corrosion and rust, because this problem doesn’t exist with friction-resistant PPSU (polyphenylsulfone) polymer that we use for our fittings. Our multi calor pipe lasts for more than 50 years and, moreover, you can always recycle the material once a replacement is due. This is great for green living and puts control over your carbon footprint in your hands.
If you’re in need of expert plumbing solutions to take your services to the next level, you’ve come to the right place. Aquatechnik is a trusted international brand with the most innovative polymer piping solution just for you.
Contact us online or call 1800 278 283 for top quality plastic pipe fittings!