PEX vs. Copper Piping
There are a number of reasons why you may choose to use PEX or copper pipe in your home. In order to make the right decision, you should know the advantages and disadvantages of each of these materials.
PEX pipe is a type of plastic piping. It is a polyethylene pipe that is cross linked, making it both strong and flexible. It is resistant to temperature changes and does not become brittle when it’s cold. PEX piping resists bursting when the water inside the pipe freezes and expands. Express Plumbing Service has the special equipment to crimp the pipe together, which is easier to install than copper piping. Cost is the biggest advantage of PEX piping. It is much less expensive than copper piping.
Copper is the traditional material for water pipes inside your home. It is durable and resistant to corrosion. It will eventually corrode over a very long period of time because it is metal. Thinner copper pipes can be bent around corners to fit behind counters and other obstacles in a home because it’s more flexible then other types of piping. Express Plumbing Service has certified technicians that can solder the joints and fittings together to install these pipes. Pipes exposed to sunlight? Copper is your best choice. Repeated freezing and thawing of the water inside the pipe may cause copper pipes to crack. Unlike PEX piping, copper has an anti-bacterial property that keeps bacteria from growing inside the pipes.
What do I do?
If you are thinking it’s time to replace any piping in your house, call Express Plumbing Service to review all options that are available to you.