Pex vs. Copper Reiping. Pros & Cons
Pros and Cons of PEX Piping and Copper Piping
In case you are just like the rest of us non-plumbers, then there's a good chance that you don't know which plumbing pipe is better. You may not even know what a PEX pipe is. Relax: Not many individuals do. We're not plumbers, but perhaps it's time that we enhance our basic knowledge so that we understand what we are getting and whether it is something we truly want. As soon as you know the basic principles, you'll feel more comfortable to find a plumber that will help you with your piping needs.
At the moment you're most likely wondering just what PEX piping is. Well, its cross-linked polyethylene pipe. After going through several procedures, the material becomes durable for intense temperatures (hot or cold), slow deformation which happens from long-term exposure to stress, and chemical attack from acids, alkalis and the like. All of this makes PEX an excellent piping material for hot and cold water systems, especially since PEX is flexible and well adapted for temperatures below freezing all the way up to 200 Fahrenheit.
As mentioned above, PEX is an excellent plumbing material as it is flexible and easy for plumbers to install. PEX is additionally resistant to break in cold temperature and it has a lesser number of fittings, driving your costs down.
Since copper piping has existed for decades, we realize that the metal is durable and flexible, making it simple to install especially compared to iron pipes. Copper piping also provides a biostatic atmosphere, causing it to be hard for bacteria to cultivate inside of it, that is certainly a vital health consideration.
Copper also resists corrosion and is unaffected by ultraviolet rays, which means it can be used for outside needs. This is unlike PEX pipes, which are affected by ultraviolet rays and therefore is not recommended to be used outside. Nonetheless, copper can corrode due to the pH of your water if it is too acidic. But given it corrodes doesn't mean that the water is bad for you. Try to think of it this way: the Pacific Northwest region of the US and, of course, Canada, has some of the best drinking water on this planet, but that same water has a corrosive effect on your pipes.
And so the choice involving PEX and copper is purely yours, but keep in mind a few of the pros and cons of each system before you decide.
Some Advantages of PEX Are:
PEX Has A few Drawbacks that You Should be Aware Of:
The pros of Copper Are:
Copper Piping Also Has Disadvantages that should be considered:
Compare the prices of PEX and copper piping to help understand the differences between the two.
We hope this provides those non-plumbing homeowners or business owners a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the difference between PEX piping and copper piping.
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