Are you thinking about repiping or re-plumbing? Does your house piping continuously have pinhole leaks in walls or under slabs or foundations? If so, you may be wondering whether you should use polyethylene (PEX) or copper piping to repipe you home.
Pex piping is a flexible material that’s easy to install. It’s made of cross-linked polyethylene
Pex piping has fewer joints, and has lower overall repiping cost
It can be used with hot and cold water and is color coded for easy identity
Resistance to breaking during extreme cold weather
Pex piping has a lifetime manufacture guarantee
Lower shipping and handling costs, because pex weighs much less then copper
Copper pipes have been used by plumbers for quite a long time for hot and cold tap water, as well as within home HVAC systems. There is soft copper and rigid copper, both of which are ideal for different piping purposes.
Copper comes with a 50-year warrantee from the manufacturer
For more than 70 years, plumbers have been successfully using copper for piping
More than 80% of modern homes are built using copper piping
Copper is a natural material that’s environmentally friendly;
Can use copper outside, as it’s not affected by ultraviolet rays
Copper pipe was once the best choice for homeowners plumbers for new home construction for water piping. In the last few decades as the price of copper continued got higher, plastic pipe (Plastic tubing PVC (polyvinyl chloride), ABS (acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene) and PEX (cross-linked polyethylene.) . PEX piping has taken over as the number one water supply piping. PEX is stable, resistant to corrosion, it is strong and flame-retardant. It is also very flexible and there’s rarely “water hammer” issues. Do you sometime hear banging and knocking noises when you turn the water on or off? That is not the case with PEX piping. It reduces pressure leaks at solder joints and is easier than copper.
Copper plumbing is great as long as the water isn’t highly acidic, it is fire resistant and building codes accepts copper plumbing, its joints aren’t as large as PEX. It can fit into tight spots. It could even increase the resale value of your home.
Some of the cons of copper pipe is that it is expensive because the price of copper is ever changing in the market of raw materials. Pinhole leaks in copper pipes can spring up out of nowhere. Copper installation require the use of a gas torch and acidic flux
Which is right for your home? Ask one of out professional plumbers to help you decide. Your choice will may depend on your budget, the acidity of the water or how long you intend to live in your home and which material you have most confidence in. If your home already has copper pipes, for instance, the plumber might advise you to stick with copper for repairs; same with plastic replacements