19 Feb Copper vs. PEX Piping
When you’re faced with a repiping project, you might consider the two piping material options: PEX and Copper. Each has pros and cons and determining which is better will depend on the needs of your building. Here, we’ve laid out their differences so you can make the best decision for your next repiping project!
Copper has been the long-time favorite for the use of plumbing. Its natural biostatic atmosphere resists the growth of bacteria, is less prone to corrosion and can tolerate UV rays, making it an ideal option for outdoor use. However, it can be difficult to use as it requires the process of sweating, or soldering, the pipes together as they need to fit. The job requires patience and practice or is best accomplished by a seasoned professional. Additionally, copper is about three times more expensive than PEX, is subject to corrosion with high levels of PH in the water, and will burst in the instance that the water inside freezes. It is therefore not well suited for cold climates.
PEX, or cross-linked polyethylene, was initially most commonly used for radiant heat flooring applications. However, it has recently become popular in repiping and repair projects. There are several advantages to this material that you might consider in your piping decisions. It is much less expensive, heat efficient, flexible, resistant to scale and chlorine and is far easier to install. Though it is not ideal for outdoor use, it is less likely to burst with frozen water, making it a better option for temperatures that will dip below freezing.
When making this important decision for your piping makeover, be sure to understand the benefits and restrictions of your material options. Choose what is most suitable for the needs of your home or building to ensure that your requirements are met. Do not hesitate to give us a call for assistance and advice in getting this job done right!