When deciding to re-pipe your house you will be facing the decision of choosing a PEX pipe or a copper re-pipe. PEX pipes and copper pipes have several different advantages that could better serve your unique community. Although both do have their disadvantages, it is important for you to research both options before deciding your re-piping material. We would like to aid you in your process by giving you a brief list of the advantages and disadvantages of PEX pipes and copper pipes.
PEX Pipes and Copper Pipes Advantages:
– The flexible material of the PEX pipe allows plumbers to install the pipes easily with fewer connections.
– The plastic material of the pipe is resistant to breaks in chilly weather and has fewer joints, bringing your costs down.
– PEX pipes can have a pressure balanced system.
– The material of copper pipes is a more stable material to have in place in the event of a natural disaster.
– Copper material is recyclable making it a more environmentally friendly choice.
– The pipes are weather and bacteria resistant.
PEX Pipes and Copper Pipes Disadvantages:
– These pipes cannot be used outside except for underground plumbing. Outside weather conditions will crack and wear the material very quickly.
– The material cannot be recycled.
– The pipes are vulnerable to rodents. Rodents have been known to be able to chew through the material.
– Copper is a more expensive material than PEX pies.
– The pipes may require extra treatment (flushing and washing to remove harmful residues in the pipes)
– The pipes are vulnerable to possible pinhole leaks, corrosion, and leaching of copper.
PEX and copper pipes are different if you are still unsure which pipe you should install for your property, talk to your trusted commercial plumber. Every home is different, you should talk to an experienced plumber before making a final decision. Your house should have a plumber in which they can trust and that is able to work with them. After reading these advantages and disadvantages, let us know what you think in the comments below. We’d love to hear what issues you may be having with your copper or PEX pipe installations.