The most popular material used for most residential plumbing work, including for tubes and fixtures, is brass, which is an alloy of copper and zinc. The Copper Development Association, Inc. has enumerated the benefits of using brass for plumbing and fixtures:
At times it may be difficult to identify solid brass fixture fittings because the part you see can be coated with other materials such as plastic, chrome, or enamels. Polished brass fixture fittings have a distinctive, bright golden color or can be antiqued to a darker, browner color. But here again, it’s better to ask your builder: because some non-brass fixture fittings may be coated to look like solid brass. But whatever its outside appearance, when you buy a solid brass fixture fitting you can count on a lifetime of reliability.
Manufacturers of solid brass plumbing fixture fittings have gone to extraordinary lengths to make certain their products comply with federal standards. Your builder has taken the same care in his selection of these products to ensure the healthy, carefree enjoyment of your new home.
The high regard for brass as the material of choice for plumbing applications is attributed to the alloy’s recognized quality for durability and strength, while being malleable at the same time. A quality brass tube can last for more than 70 years, and can withstand high temperatures, which makes it highly fire-resistant. Moreover, brass is resistant to corrosion, or its tendency to rust, which contributes to its overall longevity.
The metal’s property of malleability makes it easier to install than other tubes made of some other material. Furthermore, brass fixtures in your building adds to the value of the property as much as it provides the space a touch of natural grace and sophistication. Solid brass plumbing fixtures and fittings are held up to high standards as they need to comply with FDA codes. This is to ensure that the quality of the water which will flow throughout the system will never be compromised. Durable square brass tubing, as those offered by trustworthy brass and metals suppliers, such as Rotax Metals, come in a variety of shapes and sizes.
(Source: Why Your Builder Chose Solid Brass Plumbing Fixtures, Copper.org)