Brass or Bronze

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by AverageMe, Oct 24, 2009.

  1. AverageMe

    AverageMe New Member

    Oct 24, 2009
    Los Angeles

    I'm replacing a gate valve with a ball valve for my water heater. I've seen ball valves available in brass or bronze. Besides the price difference and metal alloy composition, what is the difference? Rather, is brass or bronze better for a residential application?

  2. Cass

    Cass Plumber

    Nov 12, 2005
    Go for the bronze valve if you has more copper in it
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  4. Doherty Plumbing

    Doherty Plumbing Journeyman & Gas Fitter

    Jun 22, 2009
    Red Seal Journeyman Plumber & Licensed Gas Fitter
    Penticton, BC
    Personally I'd go with the cheaper brass version. As the home owner you won't ever notice a difference between the brass and bronze valves except in your pocket book!
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