At Duran & Sons Universal Plumbing & Rooter, we understand which kind of pipe is best for your home. If you are dealing with a water leak and the only solution to the issue is re-piping, you will be presented with two options: PEX or copper. While copper piping is still considered the standard choice, as it has been for centuries, PEX is gaining popularity over the last 30 years. Let’s take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of each choice.
Advantages of PEX piping
PEX is a cross-linked polyethylene pipe, its flexibility enables it to bend around most corners without coupling or fitting, making it the easiest option for plumbers to install. Another benefit of PEX’s flexibility is that it’s more resistant to bursts, since it’s capable of expanding and contracting in contrast to the rigidity of copper pipes. The material can withstand extreme temperatures (hot or cold), creep deformation due to long-term exposure to stress, and chemical attack. At each supply line, there is a shutoff valve, which makes it more conducive if repairs need to be accomplished.
Disadvantages of PEX piping:
If the pipes are left outside, there are susceptible to damage by the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Compared to the lifespan of copper pipes, PEX tends to have a shorter one, making them unable to be recycled. The pipe’s impermeable membrane makes it vulnerable to water contamination.
Advantages of copper piping:
Although copper pipes are not as flexible as PEX, compared with other metals, it’s the most durable and flexible. Copper is resistant to corrosions and impervious to ultraviolent rays. In regards to tumultuous weather and natural disasters, they have been proven sturdy due to their ability to flex slightly. Since copper is recyclable, it’s considered the more environmental-friendly choice. The metal creates a biostatic atmosphere which makes it difficult for bacteria to develop within the pipes.
Disadvantages of copper piping:
Copper has become expensive, while PEX is generally costs about a third of the price for copper. Based on the pH levels of the water you use, copper can corrode. Cold weather can make it possible for copper to freeze and burst.
If you are wondering which choice is best for your home, please giving our San Fernando Valley plumbers a call at (818) 946-0545 today!