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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

A Hot Debate, CPVC vs. Copper, Which One For Your Modular Building?

Commercial and residential modular buildings have been using CPVC pipe for some time for plumbing. So if it is so widely accepted why is there still a debate?
There are many pros and cons of both material types, in the end it is up to you to decide which will work for you in the short & long term.

Copper is a metal that is a very strong conductor of heat and electricity. It is often used for piping and holds the majority of the market share. Copper is such an effective plumbing material is because it is strong and lightweight, and can be used for corrosion resistant parts.

CPVC, is both very durable and inexpensive. It is currently becoming more popular in the market and is the preferred material when it comes to large-scale construction projects. Chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CVPC) is commonly used because it is safely used for hot and cold water applications. PVC can only be used with cold water use.
Why Copper? Pros & Cons:
It has a proven track record in the construction industry & is durable
It can bend and you can track a leak easily
Recycle value at end of life cycle, also makes cool wind chimes & art
Some like copper for its' fire resistance and bacteria resistance values
It does take a more experienced installer
The material is more expensive, and sometimes long lead
Various quality levels and thicknesses make sure appropriate is selected

Why CPVC? Pros & Cons:
It is corrosion resistant
Materials & labor are less expensive
Readily available "off-the-shelf" installation tools and materials
It is a quieter delivery system than copper
Material can puncture more easily
No recycle value

There is no clearcut winner, it usually boils down to budget & personal preference. Just make sure you know what you want when you order your modular building so there are no surprises.

For more information contact Modular Solutions, Ltd
Phone: 800-441-8577

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