There are a number of reasons that you may choose to use PEX or copper pipe in your Columbia area home. In order to make the right decision, you should understand the advantages and disadvantages of each of these materials. Here is a brief rundown of the basic differences between PEX and copper pipe before setting up your
The Benefits of PEX Pipe
PEX pipe is a type of plastic piping. PEX pipe is a polyethylene pipe that is cross linked, making it both strong and flexible. PEX is resistant to temperature changes and does not become brittle when cold as older types of plastic pipe. PEX also resists bursting when the water inside the pipe freezes and expands. Though special equipment is needed to crimp PEX pipe together, it is easier to work with than traditional copper pipe, which makes it quicker to install. The biggest advantage of PEX pipe in comparison to copper pipe is that
PEX is much less expensive.
The Benefits of Copper Pipe
Copper is the traditional material for water pipes inside a home. It is very durable and resistant to corrosion; however, because it is metal, it will eventually corrode, but over a very long period of times. Many older homes still use the original copper pipes installed decades ago. Copper pipe is more flexible than many types of piping, allowing thinner pipes to be bent around corners to fit behind counters and other obstacles in a home. Copper is fairly easy to work with, but soldering joints and fittings together requires some experience. Copper is resistant to deterioration from exposure to ultraviolet light. For this reason, copper should be used for any water pipe that will be exposed to sunlight. Copper is flexible, but repeated freezing and thawing of the water inside the pipe may cause the pipe to crack. Another advantage of copper pipe is that copper has an anti-bacterial property that keeps bacteria from growing inside the pipes. The solder that fuses copper pipe together used to contain lead, but lead is no longer used with copper water pipe solder.
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