Selecting the correct copper pipe connectors or fittings is crucial to ensure a leak-free and reliable system. There are several types of copper pipe fittings available, each with its unique characteristics and advantages.
In this article, we take a look at the different options available.
Copper Push Fit Fittings
Copper push fit fittings are designed for a quick and easy installation and are great for DIY enthusiasts and situations where soldering is not an option. These types of fittings have teeth around the O-ring that create a watertight seal.
Solder Ring Fittings
Solder ring fittings, often called pre-soldered fittings, come with solder already applied inside the fitting. This simplifies installation by eliminating the need to apply solder manually.
Copper Press Fittings
Press fittings use a special tool to create a secure connection. These fittings are fast to install which helps to reduce labour costs. They are commonly used in commercial and industrial applications.
End Feed Fittings
End feed fittings, also known as capillary fittings, require soldering or brazing to attach them to copper pipes. They offer a strong and permanent connection, making them suitable for high-pressure systems.
Compression fittings use a nut and a compression ring to create a secure seal. They are easy to install and disassemble, making them ideal for repairs and temporary connections.
Factors to Consider
The UK copper pipe fittings market between 2008 to 2018 was valued at £110.4 million. When it comes to selecting copper pipe connectors, there are several factors which must be considered.
Size – copper pipe connectors from Watkins and Powis and other suppliers come in a variety of sizes. Always double-check that you have the correct size of copper pipe fittings for the job.
Compatibility – What are you using the copper pipe connectors for? Ensure that the fittings are compatible with the type and size of the copper pipes you are using.
Codes and regulations – Always ensure that the chosen fittings meet plumbing regulations and standards.