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Top 5 Reasons Why Concrete Pipe Performs Better Than Plastic Pipe.

Considering not all pipe is made out of the same materials, when it comes to resilience, versatility, and long-term value, other pipes just don’t measure up to CAPA’s concrete. Being that the most common comparison being made in the industry today is plastic pipe versus concrete pipe, we want to share our insights as professionals with you on the numerous reasons to specify the use of concrete versus plastic pipe when it comes to developing your projects or improving public infrastructure. Take a look at the facts and determine the best over-all solution, CAPA concrete pipe is the best choice you can make.

Reason 1: Superior Strength

CAPA concrete surpasses plastic and metal pipes both in durability and endurance. Not only does it exceed TxDot regulations, it is designed and tested to resist any load required. Our unique mix and manufacturing process give CAPA Concrete pipes an unmatched strength and stability that don’t rely on installation methods to support loads. Plastic pipe can be compared to a “Straw” with minute or no interior structural support, which leads to a weak foundation. That can have an immense impact in the design, the installation and the long-term success of your project. When you want strength and structural integrity, there’s no better choice than CAPA concrete pipe.

Reason 2: Durability.

Concrete pipes can withstand the test of time and are resistant to deterioration from most elements. Concrete Pipes are practically immune from rust or fire whether they be buried or exposed unlike metal and plastic pipes. What material makes more sense to invest in for your project’s stability in the long run? The Corps of Engineers estimates a design durability life of 70-100 years for concrete piping. The facts show that the expectation for concrete pipe’s functional life is twice as long as its inferior counterparts made of plastic or metal materials.

Reason 3: Design and Construction Flexibility.

Every project is bound to have design elements that are multifaceted and distinctive. Concrete pipe provides unmatched solutions for these projects. Whether a project calls for open cut or trench-less or it involves vertical structures or complex alignment changes, our specialty pipes can handle it. Plastic pipe just doesn’t come close. CAPA concrete pipe counts with the strength and flexibility to ensure success during the most demanding applications. Concrete pipes are practically molded and designed to accommodate a wide variety of sizes, shapes, joints and seal options. Concrete pipe can house an assortment of linings and coatings to endure hostile atmospheres. Plus, fittings and other special features can be considered and built to virtually any required configuration.

Reason 4: Hydraulic Efficiency.

Lasting hydraulic performance and proficiency lies in a material’s ability to retain its original shape and configuration. Concrete’s firmness and mass allow it to greatly outperform plastic in this critical area, which in turn helps improve hydraulic efficiency and facilitates installation due to its rigidity. Concrete Pipe holds its shape and reduces the resistance to water flow that often occurs when the structural integrity of a pipe is compromised.

Reason 5: Dependability.

Concretes dependability comes from how well the product performs on its own merit, but it also stems from being understood by the people who plan, design, construct and install a project. All the factors to consider are the familiarity of the engineer to the concrete’s properties, the ability of the project team at identifying and fixing potential problems before they happen, and the overall experience of the installation crews. Concrete pipe can withstand construction error due to incorrect installation by a “low bid” contractor as designed by the engineer. Concrete is extremely resilient to withstanding unexpected harsh weather events. With concrete, you are less likely to experience a catastrophic failure when things aren’t perfect.


In short, no material is better understood or more commonly used in construction projects than concrete. Fewer mistakes, a greater level of comfort and confidence — and increased dependability make concrete such a forgiving product.

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