Comparing Copper and PEX Piping

Eventually, repiping is something that will need to be done in every home. In some cases, pipes need to be removed because they are made of a material that is no longer considered to be safe, such as galvanized iron. In other instances, the pipes have simply gotten too old and are at risk of breaking. When the time comes to replace your pipes, you will need to make a choice between copper and PEX pipes. Both have their pros and cons, so your plumber can help you decide which is the best fit for your home. This information will also help you make a decision.  

Pricing 

PEX piping is significantly less expensive than copper piping. It also has other financial advantages, including the fact that it doesn’t transfer heat as readily as copper piping, which will help to reduce money on your energy bills. However, with lower pricing comes with some disadvantages, including the fact that PEX pipes can have half the lifespan of copper pipes.  

Durability 

Both copper and PEX piping is durable, but they do have some differences. Copper pipes are more flame resistant than PEX, are resistant to bacteria and corrosion, and can survive an earthquake. PEX pipes, on the other hand, are less likely to burst when frozen than copper pipes and aren’t affected by acidic water, but they are more prone to fire damage and earthquake breakage.  

Installation 

For both PEX and copper pipes, the most important thing about the installation process is hiring plumbers with experience in repiping. The process itself is very similar with both types of pipes.  

 

Which kinds of pipes are right for you? Albert Nahman Plumbing & Heating can help you make the right choice for your needs and complete the job with expert craftsmanship. Talk to a plumber in Berkeley today by calling (510) 843-6904. 

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