Choosing the right tubes for plumbing

We are a specialist business that excels in tubing manipulation. The team makes use of a number of techniques to create unique tubes that match your requirements. Among them is tube expansion. The utensils we create find use in all kinds of industrial settings and in homes too. Not to mention, we have experience handling a wide variety of tube materials.

There are all kinds of plumbing tubes out there for commercial and residential structures. Copper, PVC, and PEX are often chosen depending on the application and where they have to go. However, there are other types of tube that will work well in the systems. Read on to find out about some of the potential options open to you.

Stainless steel

Tube expansionWe will start with stainless steel. This particular tube can appear extremely neat, but it will cost a pretty penny, more than plastics and copper. Stainless steel is most appropriate for places vulnerable to corrosion, especially coastal locales.

This form of tubing appears in both rigid and flexible forms. Furthermore, you will require some special couplings to attach them to other tubes. Just make certain you don’t confuse them with galvanised steel; they look similar but have very different characteristics. More on that later.


These are perhaps the most popular plumbing tubes because of their reliability and exceptional longevity. They offer superb corrosion resistance for one. Plus, copper is an outstanding material to use in hot and cold environments. What’s more, you can manage them easily.

One of the most important details to consider here is that you have to choose the right method to attach these tubes together. In some cases you may need to solder them, but that can create weak spots. Or, you may require extra fittings. Ensure that your plans take this into account. Contact our team if you need stellar tube expansion services.

Galvanised tubing

Until the 70s most water pipes for residential properties in the UK were lead. However, the health concerns brought a wave of changes. Galvanised steel became the go to alternative.

Yet, the steel has seen less use with time. The reason is that rust can accumulate within small diameter tubing. If your tubes are old enough, you may witness water coming from your tap with traces of rust. It happens because the protective coating can wear or break away inside the tube. However, you can still use galvanised tubes to move not-potable and grey water.


These plumbing tubes offer top tier rust resistance if they are made of 67% to 85% copper. The highest quality grade is known as red brass because the high amount of copper impacts the colour. With this tubing you have an enduring substance that does not rust on the interior. It also doesn’t experience friction losses within the tube.

Work with us when you need tube expansion and more

At Multiform Tubes Engineering Ltd we use expansion in order to open the tube’s end. We do this because it allows you to use the products in many distinct ways, including in continuous systems like handrails or pipelines. You can gain a leak proof, snug fit onto other tubes, so it is especially good for the latter.

We can provide tube expansion for plumbing tube and all kinds of other products, including automotive and more. If you are interested in working with our team, you are welcome to get in touch with us.