When it comes to installing plumbing in your home, there are several selections to choose from; copper, CPVC and PEX tubing. The question is which one will be the most effective and safest option for your home? Although PEX tubing hasn’t been around as long as the other two selections, it offers the most benefits and is overall the best option for you and your home.
Unlike copper, PEX tubing is not susceptible to corrosion. Over time, copper piping will corrode due to acidic water, but PEX tubing is not affected by acidic water and as a result, won’t corrode. This will save you money in the long run because you won’t have to replace PEX like you would CPVC or copper.
Most importantly, PEX is freeze damage resistant. When PEX becomes frozen, it expands and as it thaws, it returns back to its original size and state. With PEX tubing, you will never have to worry about a burst pipe, and that’s a major relief here in Southwestern PA!
Installing PEX is much easier than installing copper or CPVC. Its flexibility alone not only speeds up the installation process but makes it a much simpler install. Since PEX tubing comes in long coils, there is no need for additional fittings. It also doesn’t require any glue like CPVC does, so it can easily be installed in any temperature and does not require ventilation. Instead of having to solder pieces like copper, PEX can quickly be cut to size and attaches and connects to fittings and valves by simply using compression.
Perhaps one of the most influential benefits of PEX tubing is the cost. When compared to copper, PEX tubing is one third of the price. PEX tubing and CPVC run about the same cost wise, but the benefits of PEX tubing listed above, speaks for itself on which choice you should make.