Advantages of Copper Tube
Over the years, copper has grown to be the premier choice of professional plumbers for all types of plumbing projects, be it commercial or residential. Researches and surveys clearly indicate that almost 94% of the professional plumbing experts opt for copper as their first choice for tubing material amongst several options such as plastic, steel for fire lines, PVC, galvanized iron, asbestos etc. Copper continues to be the popular choice due to the fact that other materials have certain inherent limitations that make them unsuitable for some plumbing projects. However, copper offers numerous benefits and is highly suitable for all kinds of plumbing requirements. The primary reasons for this are::
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.
Copper 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.