Copper vs PEX Piping

If you keep having burst pipes and are constantly calling for repairs, repiping your plumbing can be a cost-effective solution. But what pipes do you choose for the most durable and long-lasting plumbing so you don’t result in the problem you were just trying to fix? Two very durable and popular types of piping are PEX and copper. PEX pipe stands for polyethylene flexible tubing. But which would be the best fit for your home and budget? Read on to see the comparisons of PEX vs copper piping in Clifton Township and Scranton, PA provided by Freedom Flow Plumbing and Heating Services, or call us today at (570) 468-8217.

Is PEX More Durable than Copper?

Copper Pipes Can Rust, Where Plastic PEX Pipes Won’t

A PEX pipe will cost around 1/4 of the price of copper pipes. If you have water lines that run through small or cramped corners in your home, a PEX pipe is the better option, as copper is too rigid to bend around the tiny spaces. Another expenses with copper piping is the labor fees and installation. If you are looking to cut costs or want your water back as quickly as possible, a PEX pipe installation is the better choice as it is installed quickly and simply. The PEX pipe tubing is simply snapped into connector fittings or crimp rings.

How Long Does PEX Last For?

While copper piping is known to last centuries and is beloved by contractors from roofing to plumbing alike, it is expensive no matter what it is being used for. Copper piping can last 40 to 60 years, and PEX piping can last the same amount of time, but generally their warranties are only for 25 years.

Do PEX Pipes Burst?

A PEX pipe is made out of plastic, so there is the potential for bursting. Be wary of temperature drops that could cause water in the pipes to freeze and expand, making the pipes burst. PEX pipes can expand to eight times their size before it freezes, which lowers the chance of bursting, though. You can prevent this by leaving faucets dripping. Also check your water bills for sudden spikes that can alert you to a leak. Unlike copper pipes that collect sediment and rust, wearing the piping down until it bursts, a PEX pipe doesn’t collect sediment build up.

Contact Us for Repiping Services

Some plumbers still prefer copper pipes just because they have been around longer and there is more research on them. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative with good benefits, consider a PEX pipe installation. To learn more about copper vs PEX piping choices in Clifton Township and Scranton, PA, call Freedom Flow Plumbing and Heating Services at (570) 468-8217 today.