Alpine Plumbing has worked with FlowGuard Gold® Pipe & Fittings for over a decade, and has experienced efficiencies, cost savings and satisfied contractors and homeowners with the product.
As a premium product choice, FlowGuard Gold® Piping Systems offer plenty of advantages for homeowners—quiet operation, limited maintenance, and more. But the value truly shines through for plumbing contractors in an eminently workable product that allows quick, cost-effective, and versatile installation.
For Rob Wage, co-owner of Alpine Plumbing in Milwaukee, FlowGuard Gold pipe and fittings system has proven to be a dependable solution for the past 16 years. Back when Wage was a plumber, he realized the benefits of using FlowGuard Gold piping systems.
“When FlowGuard Gold systems first hit the market, it had the reputation of being a ‘new standard’ option to copper,” Wage says. “It started to gain traction in multifamily applications first, and I think a big reason behind that was because it was often hidden behind walls—installers were leery about plastic pipes.”
Wage watched that perception change as FlowGuard Gold pipe & fittings proved itself to be a suitable and preferable alternative to copper.
“At a certain point, CPVC and FlowGuard Gold systems started to become a more affordable option than copper—and when that began to happen, it began to move into single-family homes, and plumbers and contractors began to realize that it was a great alternative,” Wage says.
The advantages began to pile up. Wage notes the speed and cost of installation specifically, as the solvent welding process used to join FlowGuard Gold pipes and fittings provides a flexible, simple process that sidesteps some of the common issues that can arise when working with copper. Additionally, the clean workmanship installation of FlowGuard Gold is preferable to other alternative piping materials, which must be looped and pulled throughout an application, and can often become confusing and more difficult to work with.
“Anybody can ‘pull’ pipe, a true plumber uses FlowGuard Gold CPVC”, Wage said.
Alpine Plumbing frequently partners with Kings Way Homes, a builder of luxury homes throughout the Milwaukee area (read the related piece on Kings Way Homes’ success using FlowGuard Gold here ). This partnership, in which FlowGuard Gold pipe and fittings system is utilized through many of the homes built by Kings Way, has been greatly successful—Wage notes that home buyers have been satisfied with the benefits of FlowGuard Gold systems, including quiet operation without the unpleasant hammering and banging of copper pipes, limited pipe sweating, and a high insulating factor that keeps water hotter for longer periods of time.
“I think we’re getting to the point where CPVC is becoming a new standard for residential plumbing applications,” Wage said. “I would certainly recommend FlowGuard Gold for use in single and multi-family homes.”
Ease of installation. Versatility. Quiet operation. These benefits along with technical support specialists, hands-on demonstrations and product education and training add up, making FlowGuard Gold piping systems ideal for residential work, and offering MORE INSIDE™ to builders and plumbers alike.