Remodeling your bathroom doesn’t just include what the eye can see – it’s equally important to update your pipes so you can have that squeaky clean bathroom running smoothly. Although there are others, the best pipes for plumbing include PVC, copper, and galvanized pipes. Here are some pros and cons for each to make your decision easier!
The most common type of pipe used within a bathroom is PVC pipe. The inexpensive pipe is easy to install, does not rust over time, and is durable. Because the pipe can be used for warm and cold water with high water pressure, most PVC pipe is used in bathrooms rather than kitchen appliances. One disadvantage of PVC pipes is that too hot of water can warp the plastic. If you are worried about warping the pipe, chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) is an effective solution, although it can be costly.
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it…
The long-established copper pipe is still one of the most popular options for plumbing, especially when remodeling a bathroom. Offered in many different sizes, the lasting life and reliability of copper pipes can withstand high water temperatures, corrosion, and bacteria buildup. One con of copper pipes is that they can be costly to you and the environment. If you are an eco-friendly homeowner, copper pipes may not be the best choice because the manufacturing process can be harmful to the environment. Although it is an outstanding choice of plumbing pipe, the price tag deters some people.
Frequently used in construction, galvanized piping is also very dependable for plumbing. The steel pipe is covered in zinc to optimize its corrosion resistance and can last up to 50 years before starting to give in. Although it is cheaper than copper, there are a few more cons when dealing with galvanized piping. Once the steel’s zinc coating has worn off, it is much more susceptible to rust, bacteria, and clogs. The weight of the steel can also be a hassle when installing or removing the pipes. Compared to PVC and copper pipes, galvanized piping can be a cheap, long-lasting fix when renovating your bathroom.
Choose What Suits You
There are many options when it comes to plumbing pipes, but these are just a few of the top options that vary in price and durability. Whether you’re remodeling for self-satisfaction or to increase your home’s value, all three pipes are worth the investment! Knight Plumbing offers 24/7 plumbing services so if you experience any issues, don’t hesitate to call today… or tonight!