PEX Piping: Advantages and Disadvantages for Home Repipe

When it comes to repiping your home, you have two main options: PEX and copper. Both materials have their advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to consider all factors before making a decision. Under normal conditions, both PEX and copper systems are expected to last 20 to 50 years. PEX is a polyethylene tube that has been transformed by one of the three methods into a cross-linked material.

Crosslinking alters the performance of the original polyethylene pipe and substantially improves it so that it can better withstand pressures and temperatures in domestic hot and cold water piping systems. It is also very chemically stable and very flexible. Cold weather can wear out PEX pipes, but a few simple precautions can prevent major problems. Plumbers must consider every possible aspect of the plumbing system, and then the piping or tube system can be chosen based on those factors.

When comparing PEX and copper pipes, it's important to consider the advantages and disadvantages of each material. Wholesale suppliers do not always keep PEX bands protected from UV rays, V. Depending on the type, all PEX are sensitive to UV rays, V. To varying degrees and can only be exposed to them for up to 30, 60, or 90 days.

To prevent leaks due to materials, stainless steel bands should be attached to all accessories. While PEX pipes can filter contaminants in your home's tap water, there's little research to suggest that their use is still safe. Ultimately, the choice between PEX and copper is yours. Consider all factors before making a decision.

Ted Bell
Ted Bell

Ted is a nationally recognized home repiping expert. He's been repiping homes in San Diego since 1993 and has been a frequent Angi's Super Service Award winner.