PEX vs copper tubes: a detailed comparison


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If you’ve been trying to figure out which pipes are right for your home, you’ve likely come across both polyethylene cross-linked (PEX) and copper pipes. Although copper has been around since the dawn of modern plumbing, it has been displaced a little by PEX piping in contemporary projects. At the same time, both options have advantages and disadvantages. Longevity: Copper lasts longer than PEX pipes are hard to last longer than copper pipes, which usually lasts somewhere between 50 and 70 years. In contrast, PEX pipes will last between 30 and 50 years. In homes that use excessively hot water (such as 180 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), or in homes that use water with chlorine, PEX pipes can corrode faster. For copper tubes, acid water can significantly shorten its life; However, copper tubes should last longer than PEX by about 20 years, on average. In homes that use a private well, it is best to check well water for signs of chlorine or acids, as this can shorten the life of the pipes. Cost: Copper is slightly more expensive than PVC. The cost of copper tubes has increased dramatically over the past few years due to their value in recycling projects. Expect copper tubing to cost between 60 and 65 percent more than PEX. It is important to price both options before deciding which to choose. Connections: PEX requires fewer connections than copper, copper is a solid metal so it should be cut to the perfect size for every section of the home. Then, whenever there is a corner, the elbow fittings must also be installed. This adds to the labor price because there are more individual pieces to install. In contrast, PEX pipes run continuously from manifold (water distribution board) to each individual fittings. PEX easily bends around corners, which means no additional connections are required. PEX flexibility is a major feature of every project. Consider these benefits and drawbacks some of the more important points to keep in mind if you are considering PEX vs. PVC pipes. For any questions or inquiries, contact the professionals at A to Z Statewide Plumbing at 954-981-2133! Popular topics now


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