In the long history of plumbing, many different materials have been used, starting with hollowed-out wood. In the era of modern indoor plumbing, the most popular material for many decades was galvanised steel, which proved more durable than any metal used before. Steel allowed indoor plumbing to become common.
But because of steel’s tendency to corrode over time, copper pipes have superseded galvanised steel as the metal of choice during the last 70 years. Though it faces competition today from plastics such as PEX, PVC, and CPVC, copper still remains a popular choice. Here’s why:
The combination of easy handling, forming and joining permits savings in installation time, material and overall costs. Long-term performance and reliability mean fewer callbacks, and that makes copper the ideal, cost-effective tubing material.
LightweightCopper tube does not require heavy equipment as threaded pipe of the same internal diameter. This means copper costs less to transport, handles more easily and, when installed, takes less space.
Because half hard copper tube can be bent, it is frequently possible to eliminate elbows and joints. Smooth bends permit the tube to follow contours and corners of almost any angle. When used for renovation or modernization projects, much less wall and ceiling space is needed.
Easy to join
Copper tube can be joined with capillary as well as compression fittings. These fittings save material and make smooth, neat, strong and leak-proof joints.
Copper tube will not burn or support combustion or decompose to toxic gases. Therefore, it will not carry fire through floors, walls and ceilings. Volatile organic compounds are not required for installation.
Copper tube is manufactured to SANS 460:2011 Ed4.02 Tube standards and marked with permanent identification so you know exactly what it is and who made it. It is accepted by virtually every plumbing code.
It has excellent resistance to corrosion and scaling, high mechanical strength, high-temperature resistance and lifetime resistance to UV degradation. Copper assures long, trouble-free service, which translates to satisfied customers and systems that last.
Copper is 100% recyclable
Copper stands alone as an engineering material that can be recycled over and over without degradation in content or properties. This combined with copper's proven durability means that no copper used in a building today needs to enter a landfill later.
Since copper is used for all kinds of plumbing purposes, including pipes for drinking water, it is absolutely essential to determine whether they are also a healthier choice. Copper has long been known for its algicidal and fungicidal properties. There is already evidence, which suggests that substantially "all copper", systems tend to be free from the bacterium, which causes Legionnaires disease. Copper and its alloys naturally inhibit the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms since they are bacteriostatic. Their non-porous nature also makes it resistant to insecticides and other external pollutants. It also reduces the risk of lead poisoning.