If you are constructing a new house for your family, deciding between plastic and copper pipes for plumbing becomes a problem. Most Toronto plumbers recommend PVC pipes over copper pipes. This is because these PVC pipes are easier to fit and they are also lightweight and highly durable. However, you will find many homes in Toronto fitted with copper pipes. Both these types of plumbing pipes have their own pros and cons. Understanding these advantages and disadvantages helps in choosing between them when it is time to complete the plumbing lines in your new home.

 

PVC pipes

These pipes were introduced for the first time in the 80’s. They were lightweight and strong and also very durable. Because of these features, these plastic pipes became increasingly popular among homeowners. PVC pipes are also inexpensive and they are good enough to keep working for at least 50 years after installation. The biggest advantage of plastic pipes is that they do not corrode. They also expand easily and do not break or rupture when temperatures fall below freezing point.

 

Copper pipes

People have been using pipes made from copper since time immemorial. It has been used for plumbing purposes because of the fact that it is made from a natural substance found inside the crust of earth. Also, copper has antimicrobial properties and there are no risks to the health of humans when it is used for plumbing. It does not allow for the growth of bacteria which is the case with plastic pipes.

 

It is better to rely on the decision taken by Toronto plumbers when choosing between plastic and copper pipes for plumbing in your home. I any case, plastic pipes are cheaper than copper pipes and they are also lighter than copper pipes, being easier to transport to your home from the shop.