Types of Soft Metals

types of soft metal

There are various types of soft metals that are used in the industrial sphere. This variety means that not all metals are the same. In fact, soft metals can be more time-consuming than using steel. Yet, many soft metals find use in most items. So, what are these metals? 


Copper is a soft metal that is found in practical use everywhere. Since 1963, copper has been widely used in plumbing systems and domestic water supplies. As a result, almost 80% of all homes have copper plumbing. This is because soft copper metal is extremely flexible. As a result, it can be bent around objects making it ideal for tubing. Furthermore, copper has resistant to water corrosion compared to other metals. In addition, copper tubing endures longer than plastic piping.


As a soft metal, brass has found popular use for fittings and pipes. In fact, industrial brass can be found in large plumbing systems and more. Just like copper, brass has found popularity because of the benefits it has over other materials. Brass pipes and nipples have high corrosion resistance. In addition to water resistance, brass can handle other materials like acids, minerals, and saltwater. Furthermore, its soft material composition makes air-tight seals that are easy to install.  


Bronze is a soft metal that has found use in commercial, residential, and light industrial use. Brass material can be found in ball valves, a spherical disk that controls the flow throughout the pipes. Bronze ball valves are typically used with HVAC systems, hot and cold water, low-pressure steam, and natural gas. In addition, these ball valves are easy to use and reliable. 


Zinc is one of the four most widely consumed metals in the world, losing out to iron, aluminum, and copper. This soft metal has strong corrosion resistance and the ability to bond with other metals. In fact, 1/2 of all the zinc is used in the galvanizing process. Galvanizing pipes is essential to prevent rust on iron and steel pipes. During galvanization, a zinc coating is applied to protect more corrosive pipes from the rusting process. As a result, you have a significantly stronger and durable pipe, nipples, and more. 

Soft Metals at Detroit Nipple Works

As you can see, there are many types of soft metals that serve specific functions. These metals are used to increase the quality of the pipes, nipples, and other products through their anticorrosive properties and other functionalities. At Detroit Nipple Works, we use a variety of soft metals to create the best products for the industries we serve. Need one of our soft metal products? Contact us today!

Industrial Galvanized Pipe

Detroit custom Industrial Galvanized pipes formDetroit Nipple Works can provide you with all the industrial galvanized pipe you need for your next project. We have been in the industry for over 80 years and have extensive experience with galvanized steel. Industrial Galvanized Pipe are actually steel pipes that are covered with a layer of protective zinc. Over years of use, the zinc does eventually erode from the pipe.

Industrial Galvanized Pipe Advantages

There are some advantages to using galvanized pipe those include:

  • Low initial cost – galvanization in general cost less then other protective measures.
  • Toughness – The galvanized coating makes the steel very strong and durable.
  • Long life – industrial galvanized pipes can last for almost 50 years in rural areas and 25 in more rugged areas.
  • Standardization – The galvanization process is standardized meaning the pipes have to meet certain requirements.
  • Low maintenance cost – because of the long life and overall toughness, less maintenance is needed.
  • Easy inspection – Galvanization coatings can be inspected by eye and thickness can be tested easily.
  • Fast Built – Once a galvanized steel product is manufactured, it’s ready to be used. There’s no need to paint, prepare or inspect the coating surface.

Detroit Nipple Works can provide you with industrial galvanized pipe, call us today at 1.888.698.7888 and see what we can do for you.