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Is PEX a Good Choice Over Copper?

Are you repairing your pipes all the time? Are you building a new house to call your own?

Piping usually comes in two different materials: copper and PEX. Both of these materials make for solid pipes, but one certainly outshines the other.

If you’re wondering about the difference between copper and PEX, or you have no idea what PEX is, then this blog will be useful to you.

Is PEX a Good Choice Over Copper?

What is PEX?

PEX is short for cross-linked polyethylene, which is exactly what it is made of. It has recently skyrocketed in popularity among plumbers since its invention in the 1980s.

While it was originally used in heat flooring, it is now a go-to material for plumbing and pipes. Not only does it retain heat way better than copper could ever hope, it’s also cheaper, and has a much higher flexibility so it can better withstand pressure.

It also has a relatively strong resistance to scale and chlorine buildup, making it safer. PEX is safer to operate when it comes to installation, as well. Not only are pipes color coded, but they are also free of toxic chemicals.

What is Copper?

Copper pipes have been the plumbing standard for a very, very long time. Its astounding resistance to corrosion is what made it such a popular choice to begin with. This also leads into its ability to resist bacteria. Copper is not negatively affected by sunlight, so it can safely be used outside.

The disadvantages of copper, however, are clear.

Copper is expensive, and, while it might not corrode easily, PEX won’t corrode at all. Not to mention that, as some may be familiar, copper pipes are prone to freezing and bursting. PEX pipes will never burst.

Which is Best?

If your home has copper piping and isn’t experiencing any issues, there’s no need to call for a total revamp of PEX piping.

However, if you are repairing pipes or building a new home, PEX piping should be your first choice. It is easier to work with and provides so many more benefits that allow it to outshine copper. Of course, the final decision comes down to your plumber. If a professional suggests copper piping, they know best. But, now you know all about the piping that is in your home!


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