It’s a well-known fact that pipes are a vital part of a plumbing system; however, many aren’t aware that pipes are an integral structural component of many construction projects. When used for structural reasons, pipes are more commonly referred to as tubes, and they can be used in a variety of ways; bracing, framework, support, formwork, and scaffolding, for example. There are several different types of pipes that can be used for construction projects. Some have specific functions, while others are more “multipurpose”, so to speak, and can be used in a variety of ways.

What Kind of Pipe Will Your Construction Project Use?

If you’re about to engage in a construction project, you might be wondering what types of pipes to use. The following is a basic overview of the different kinds of pipes that can be used in construction and their applications.

HDPE pipe

High-Density Polyethylene Pipe (HDPE) is versatile and durable! It is commonly used for cable, communications, electrical, water, gas, and other underground utilities. PSC Construction specializes in installing HDPE piping.


The popularity of aluminum in construction has increased in recent years, and for good reason. Aluminum is lightweight, flexible, durable, conductive, versatile, and easy to manipulate. Aluminum also contains special qualities that allow it to withstand the damaging effects of the sun’s UV rays, so it’s a great choice for outdoor construction projects.

Alloyed aluminum is used for pipes, as it features an organic oxide coating. The oxide coating functions as a protective barrier, further strengthening the material and making it more resistant to the damaging effects of the elements. Aluminum pipes are recyclable, too, and they also lend to a modern look that can enhance the visual appeal of a construction project.

Carbon Steel

Carbon steel pipes are also commonly used in construction projects. These pipes are comprised of high amounts of carbon, and also contain iron and some trace elements, too. While it might not sound like it from the name, carbon steel pipes are actually quite flexible. Of course, they’re strong and durable, too, and this material can easily withstand some of the harshest conditions, making it an excellent choice for a variety of applications.

The above aren’t the only benefits that carbon steel pipes provide. Carbon steel pipes are also safe to work with and they’re quite economical, to boot. Carbon steel pipes can stand up to heavy weight and high winds with ease, making them a great choice for frames and support columns, and even bridges.

Stainless Steel

Constructed of top-quality stainless steel, these pipes are hailed for their durability and longevity. Bcause of these qualities, stainless steel pipes are often used in projects that require a high degree of rigidity and durability; they’re commonly used in the construction of industrial and commercial facilities.

Smaller construction projects that require a high degree of strength and that will be exposed to the elements can also take advantage of the benefits that stainless steel pipes offer; fences and outdoor handrails, for example.

Galvanized Steel

Another type of pipe that is commonly used in construction projects is galvanized steel. These pipes have a zinc coating, which protects the underlying steel from rust and corrosion, resulting in greater durability and longevity.

Galvanized steel pipes are among the most common types of pipes used in the construction industry. They’re extremely sturdy, impressively strong, cost-effective, and easy to work with, so it’s easy to see why.

Galvanized steel pipes can be used in a multitude of ways. From structural support to gutters, and from hand railings to decks. They can even be used in decorative architecture, as well (bookcases, towel racks, robe hooks, etc.). There really is no limit when it comes to the ways in which galvanized steel pipes can be used.


While concrete is a lot heavier and more difficult to work with than other types of pipes on this list, it does offer value in the construction industry. Concrete pipes do offer a certain degree of flexibility, and they’re quite versatile, too. Usually made of aggregate material, concrete pipes are often reinforced with other durable construction materials, such as steel. A common type of pipe for underground utilities like sewer and storm water is called RCP or reinforced concrete pipe.

Because concrete is resistant to fire, rust, and all kinds of severe elements, and since they’re comprised of natural elements, these pipes are a popular choice in a wide range of construction projects. Bridges, drainage systems, and culverts are just a few examples of some of the construction projects in that concrete pipes are commonly featured.

What Kind of Pipe Will Your Project Require?

The above are just a few of the different types of pipes that can be used for construction projects. The specific type of material you choose depends on the specific project, as well as your specific needs.

PSC Construction – Excavation Contractors Omaha, NE

Excavating | Site Development and Preparation | Underground Utilities | Location Mapping & Hydro-Excavation

PSC Construction in Omaha provides a full range of services, performed according to your specifications. Regardless of the complexity of the project, the scope, or the timeline, PSC Construction ensures you have the foundation you need to safely and successfully move forward. Contact PSC Construction today to see why we’re one of the most trusted resources for location mapping and hydro-excavation, underground utilities, site development and preparation, and excavation in Omaha.