Types of Pipe

by Chelsea Oliver 4th April 2017

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When it comes to plumbing, pipe is of the utmost importance. From residential construction and renovations to outdoor, commercial and industrial applications, choosing the right material for the job is critical. Whether you’re installing new bathroom fixtures or hiring a contractor to build your business from the ground up, read on to learn more about the different types available in the United Kingdom.


PEX (Cross-Linked Polyethylene)


Considered a revolution in plumbing, PEX is commonly used in many ways, including for residential fire-sprinkler systems, potable water distribution and hydronic radiant floor heating for homes and businesses. Budget-friendly, it costs considerably less than copper and is quite robust. It’s important to keep in mind that UV rays can damage the outer layer of PEX, which makes it unsuitable for use outdoors.


Features and Benefits

  • Quick and easy installation
  • Resistant to heat and corrosion
  • Flexible
  • Smooth surface
  • Ideal for use in heating and plumbing
  • Leak-free


ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)


ABS is a type of thermoplastic resin commonly used for venting and drainage. These pipes are durable, lightweight and boast a smooth interior. Installation is easy compared to PVC.


Features and Benefits

  • BPA-free
  • Resistant to rot, corrosion, rust and abrasion
  • Inexpensive


PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)


When it comes to plastic pipe, PVC is the most commonly used material. Suitable for many applications, it’s often used for water service lines, sewers, hot and cold potable water, irrigation and more, and can be installed both above and below ground.


Features and Benefits

  • Simple installation
  • Resistant to acids, oxidants, salts and more
  • Economical
  • Environmentally friendly




Copper pipe is a more traditional and pricier option than PVC, ABS and PEX. Long lasting, it is often used for HVAC refrigerant lines and central heating, as well as to supply hot and cold tap water. Both rigid and flexible types are available. Copper pipe requires soldering.


Features and Benefits

  • Environmentally friendly
  • Impermeable
  • Low maintenance
  • Resistant to corrosion


Stainless Steel


Aesthetically pleasing, stainless steel pipe is another more expensive option. Special couplings are needed to attach this pipe to other types and it is often used in areas where corrosion is common. Highly efficient, stainless steel boasts a greater flow rate at smaller diameters than other types of pipe.


Features and Benefits

  • Very low metal contamination rate
  • Strong and durable
  • Recyclable




Brass pipes are made of up to 85% copper and are great for home and industrial use, including water tanks, hot water, wells and pump fittings. The interior does not rust or cause friction loss. An alloy of copper and zinc, brass pipe and fixtures increase home value.


Features and Benefits

  • Long lasting
  • Versatile
  • Efficient
  • Can withstand high temperatures
  • Corrosion resistant
Posted by ChelseO
4th April 2017 12:00 am.
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