When you think of plumbing infrastructure, the material that most commonly comes to mind is copper. Copper piping has actually been used in plumbing applications for thousands of years, dating back to ancient Egyptian civilizations. It’s certainly a tried and true method of delivering water and gas throughout your home (and we’re highly-experienced in working with copper at California Repipe Specialists), but relatively recent innovations have created an attractive alternative — PEX piping.
PEX piping, which is a shorthand term for a material called cross-linked polyethylene, is becoming more and more common as an alternative to copper piping. It offers a wide range of benefits and has already proven to be worthy of the hype surrounding it. Repiping your home or business is a large job, so it’s important to choose the right material for your needs. In today’s blog, we’ll be explaining some of the benefits offered by PEX piping to help you better decide if it’s the right choice for your next repiping job. To learn more or request a free estimate for PEX repiping in the Orange County area, contact our team of repiping experts today.
Copper: Classic and Trusted
If you’re in the market for repiping in the first place, it’s likely you already have copper pipes installed in your home or business. Once your copper pipes are at the end of the line, it is still certainly a valid option to have new copper pipes installed in place of the old ones. With a proper repiping job, you can eliminate low water pressure, leaks, discolored water, and other misfortunes with new pipes to eliminate these issues.
While copper represents the old guard in terms of material, when you hire a repipe specialist your new pipes will be installed with all modern best practices. While copper has been known to be susceptible to freezing and breaking, modern installation techniques that are intended to keep the new pipes insulated reduce the chance of this occurring. Copper may not be the newest or most exciting, but it still offers a reliable material for the pipes in your home.
PEX: The New Kid on the Block
So, while there’s certainly nothing wrong with copper piping, what has DIYer’s and contractors so excited about PEX piping? Whether you’re remodeling, completing a new build, or repiping your entire property because of any number of plumbing issues, be sure to look into the advantages offered by PEX piping.
While a great contractor can work magic when it comes to connecting pipes to where they need to go throughout your home, there are still limitations that come with rigid materials such as copper. PEX piping, on the other hand, is made from a flexible material that allows it to be installed with ease by an experienced contractor. This also allows for less to be spent on installation costs, and generally means there are less points of connection (for example, around corners) that could be prone to future leaks.
An additional benefit of PEX piping’s flexibility is that it is freeze-resistant. It is tough enough and flexible enough to expand during freezing temperatures, providing peace of mind that your pipes will not burst and cause extensive damage cleanup.
Corrosion and Buildup Resistant
While copper piping can be prone to leaks or contamination due to corrosion, the unique material of PEX pipes does not allow sediment to build up inside and create havoc.
When you repipe your home, it’s understood that the job will last for decades to come — it’s not something you’ll have to worry about doing again any time in the immediate future. While copper piping has PEX piping slightly beat in this regard, lasting up to 70 years on average in comparison to PEX’s ~50 year lifespan, it will still prove to be reliable infrastructure for decades to come.
Another area where PEX piping knocks it out of the park is it’s low cost in comparison to other methods. That’s right, PEX piping offers all of the above benefits at a lower cost. Due to the higher cost of copper as a material, you can expect to spend substantially less repiping your home with PEX material.
Contact California Repipe Specialist Today for PEX Repiping
When it’s time to repipe your home or business, it’s important to go with a team you can trust. With more than 25 years of dedicated local service, our team of technicians is up to the task. Whether you choose the old favorite of copper piping or elect to go with the many benefits offered by PEX, our team is here to make the process of repiping a breeze.
Contact us today with any questions you may have about PEX piping, and to request a free estimate for repiping your Orange County home.