Copper has become the most popular type of material to be used in pipe fittings thanks to its huge range of advantages in comparison to other materials. There are many features as well as disadvantages.
Copper is very versatile and easy to work with as it has thermal conductivity, is resistant to corrosion and is highly durable. Copper can even be embedded within concrete. And copper pipe fittings can be produced in a wide range of sizes so it makes it suitable for numerous applications. They are also renowned for their reliability, and consistently stand the test of time. As we mentioned before, copper fittings are very easy to use and as a result it can lower installation costs as it takes a lot less time to install. They can easily be joined using soldering or brazing. Copper is also rigid while at the same time being ductile making it possible to form it into various shapes.
There are however disadvantages to using copper for your pipe fittings. The main disadvantage is that copper is a lot more expensive than other popular options such as steel and plastic. This however is slightly justified for as installation is generally much cheaper. Copper fittings also do not work well in water with high acidity. Copper piping that is used for plumbing should not be used in areas that the water acidity level exceeds either side of 6.5 to 8.5 pH. Copper also conducts heat very well, so this can be seen as a disadvantage because they can become very hot to touch especially when used for hot water.