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12 Jan

The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Plumbing Pipes

In the plumbing stores, you will find various types of pipe. It’s often difficult to choose which of these pipes would be best for your plumbing needs, especially when you do not know much about plumbing pipes.

Choosing a type of pipe for your apartment, office, or any ducting is a serious decision because you will have to live with the choice for a long time. So, before you hurry into the store to make a lasting choice about your next pipes, here are the pros and cons of some of the most used types of plumbing pipes.

Copper Pipes

One of the oldest types of plumbing pipes, copper pipes are widely used in homes and offices for good reasons. However, it comes with manageable challenges.


  • Very durable metal
  • Withstands high pressure and temperature
  • Copper is recyclable, so the environment is safe.
  • Rustproof and corrosion-resistant.
  • Light and easy to carry


  • Installation requires special skills, including soldering and welding.
  • More expensive than plastics

Cross-linked Polyethylene Pipes

Popularly referred to as PEX, XLPE, or XPE, this type of plumbing pipe is new and rapidly taking its place in American houses and business buildings. Why its wild adoption, and at what cost are people jumping on this option of plumbing pipe?


  • Easy to install. Designed with clamps and push-fit technology.
  • Holds pressure.
  • Low chances of corrosion
  • An excellent option for indoor water supply lines


  • The initial cost is slightly high.
  • Destroyed by exposure to UV rays
  • Bad choice for outdoor plumbing
  • Not good for drinking water

Galvanized Steel Pipes

Commonly used for outdoor and indoor plumbing, this type of pipe may be considered old school but still useful today. It is made from steel but coated with zinc to prevent rusting. They are often designed for easy installation with threaded ends for easy screwing into each other.


  • Less expensive than copper pipes
  • Numerous option when it comes to sizes


  • The short lifespan of 20-50 years
  • Corrodes as zinc coating wears out.
  • Can cause water contamination and lead poisoning.
  • Heavy to transport

Polyvinyl Chloride Pipes

Widely known as PVC, this type of plumbing pipe is seen in modern houses and businesses. They are made from thermoplastic polymers, and most plumbers recommended choice because of its strength.


  • Do not rust or corrode.
  • Indefinitely long lifespan
  • Cheap
  • Light and easy to carry
  • Simple installation with glued fittings


  • Best for running cold drinking water only

Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride

This type of plumbing pipe is an upgraded version of the PVC. More conveniently referred to as the CPVC, it is chlorinated to withstand temperature changes in ways that the PVC pipes are not engineered to.


  • More sizing options than PVC
  • Suitable for both hot and cold water
  • Long life span
  • Simple installation
  • No rusting or corrosion


  • More expensive than PVC
  • Most suitable for indoor use


Depending on your plumbing needs, the different types of plumbing pipes can serve quite well. Although other types of plumbing pipes not discussed here are growing obsolete today, these types discussed here are still available in home improvement stores.

At Anytime Plumbing, we are always ready to inspect your facilities, homes, and business buildings to recommend the best plumbing pipe for you. Also, our installation and maintenance services are at your disposal, committed to raising the standards for domestic and commercial “pipelining.”

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Amer Zaghlouleh is the owner of Anytime Plumbing Inc., a trusted plumbing company serving Santa Cruz County. With a focus on delivering quality work and reliable service, Amer has established himself as a respected professional in the industry. He believes in providing honest and trustworthy plumbing solutions to every customer, ensuring their satisfaction and peace of mind. With years of experience and a commitment to staying updated with the latest technical advances, Amer and his team at Anytime Plumbing Inc. are fully equipped to handle any plumbing job with precision and efficiency. Trust in Amer's expertise and dedication for all your plumbing needs.