How we use copper in construction projects

Copper has been used for hundreds of years in a number of different construction products. It is a metal that conducts both electricity and heat and it is versatile in its uses. It is malleable and easy to shape into various shapes including 6mm Copper Pipe from companies such as Watkins & Powis. When copper meets moisture in the air it develops a green patina that gives the exterior of the copper a coating that helps to protect it from rust and corrosion.

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Copper can be shaped and bent by either warming the copper first or can be cold moulded. It is this quality that makes it great for use in plumbing and heating system pipes. Engineers are able to cut the pipe and shape it for its required use. This means that they are able to repair problem pipework quickly and easily without the need to wait for a pipe to be made to a specific size or shape. A lot of the work can be done on site which benefits the customer and means the engineer doesn’t need to arrange a repair appointment.

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The metal is also used in helping to conduct electricity and in communication cables. Small narrow wires are often wound together to make the cables that are needed. Copper has a long life span which makes it a sustainable option for a variety of uses. It is also relatively easy to make.

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