Exposed pipes are perfect for a vintage style, says Brandon Fyfe of Thompson’s Plumbing.
“Copper piping is attractive and stays straight when being plumbed, unlike plastic which bends easily. However, copper is more expensive than plastic,” he explains.
“When installing copper pipes, welding joints must be done neatly to create a finished look. The pipes should also be fastened to the walls with appropriate brackets to avoid a water hammer created by back-pressure when closing the taps suddenly. This pressure wave can cause major problems, from noise and vibrations to pipe collapse.