PEX plumbing is an excellent choice for your home for several reasons. PEX is a cross-linked polyethylene that is flexible and doesn’t corrode. It’s also faster to install than metal or plastic piping and has fewer connections. PEX is better and more cost-effective than copper pipes. When choosing pipe materials for your home, it’s essential to pick the right type of pipe for your needs.
What Exactly is PEX Piping?
PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) piping installs much quicker than copper and costs less than half the price of it. It is also helpful for renovation because it is flexible. PEX has a strong “memory,” continually wanting to return to its previous shape. Working with a coil of PEX can be a challenge. You are constantly fighting to get the PEX to straighten out. Because of this, many contractors prefer to work with it in the non-coiled version. It usually comes in 10ft sticks that work well for most jobs. Even plumbers who run miles of PEX each year prefer sticks over coils.
Advantages of Using PEX Piping
Easy to ship:
PEX is also flexible and can be easily shipped since it doesn’t have to be cut to a particular length like metal – meaning it can be stored on spools. This makes shipping and handling PEX less expensive and more efficient because of its decreased weight and more versatile storage options. However, those spools could be better. It still is less expensive to ship due to it being lower in weight.
Installing PEX is easier because it is a flexible pipe; this means you don’t have to have exact measurements or many joints. Copper fittings tend to be heavier than PEX and more challenging to handle. With copper fittings, you need elbow joints when you have a corner. However, with PEX, you can cut the material to size. It’s easy to maneuver around the corners and does not require any corner joints.
The most serious issue with metal piping is its rigidity. This means that the metal material necessitates the installation of numerous straight lines. While this may not be a significant issue for smaller projects, it can quickly add cost when applied to bigger ones.
It’s also quite inconvenient for small buildings with limited space. PEX, on the other hand, may be bent. This implies that it can simply twist around potential obstructions in its path.
The flexibility of PEX can also aid in boosting pressure in pipes.
Because standard piping’s elbow joints produce turbulence at each changeover, this causes a decline in water pressure, resulting in poor water flow in showers, sinks, and toilets.
The low cost of PEX piping is perhaps the most common reason consumers favor it. The piping material is frequently 25% of the cost of installing an alternative.
So, why is PEX so inexpensive?
Some of it is due to its flexibility and not needing so many cuts. Because it can quickly maneuver around bends, the piping does not require elbow joints at every turn, as copper tubing does.
Another reason is the price of copper, which has roughly doubled in value over the last few years. When you consider the expensive cost of these items and the additional time required to install them, you can see how the bill quickly adds up.
PEX is less challenging to retrofit.
You can replace your old pipe plumbing system with PEX pipes to gain benefits. If parts of your old metal system are still functional, you can progressively replace the old metal pipes with new PEX.
This adds a level of ease because you can repair the broken parts in your home. Retrofitting is recommended for people with larger residences on a tight budget.
However, remember that this will necessitate regular monitoring of your current system. We don’t recommend waiting for a pipe to burst before replacing it because water damage caused by this issue can be just as costly as replacing the old plumbing.
PEX Pipes Can Freeze Without Damage
In areas that experience freezing temperatures, PEX piping is the ideal solution as it can expand when the water inside it freezes and returns to its original size afterward. Copper and PVC pipe will crack and burst once the water inside them freezes, meaning they are less reliable and more dangerous than PEX.
Winter’s cold and freezing temperatures can devastate your home with the basic traditional pipes. However, PEX has made a name for itself, allowing the pipes to fall into freezing without much damage.
M.J. Muccia Plumbing and Heating, Inc. would be happy to discuss your plumbing project and see if PEX is a good solution. Call 201-588-5907 today to get started.