Copper or PEX Repiping?

If you need to do some repiping in your home, we are the repiping experts! American Plumbing and Rooter specializes in ALL plumbing repairs, maintenance and installation. Our qualified, professional plumbers will sit down with you to discuss all of your options! No job is too big or too small. If you need to repipe your home, you have a couple different options. The most common is to use copper pipe but there are also benefits to using PEX. Which one should you choose? Copper or PEX Repiping?

Copper Pipe

According to lifehacker.com “PEX (or crosslinked polyethylene) was introduced in the US around 1980 and is often seen in radiant heat flooring applications, but has now become commonplace for repiping and plumbing repairs.” So what’s the difference between copper and PEX? “Copper has natural attributes that make it ideal for plumbing. It creates a biostatic atmosphere which makes it difficult for bacteria to grow inside of it. It also resists corrosion and is unaffected by ultraviolet rays, which allows you to use it outdoors.”

PEX Pipe

What’s the downside to copper? “Copper has become expensive, whereas PEX is typically about a third of the cost. It can still corrode based on the pH levels of water and if you live in a cold climate, frozen water can cause copper pipes to burst.” On the flip side, PEX also has a few characteristics that make it worth considering. “PEX popularity can be attributed to many factors, includingcost, flexibility, resistance to scale and chlorine, and fast installation with fewer connections and fittings. PEX is also more efficient as it doesn’t lose heat like a copper pipe will.”

If you’re not sure which type of pipe to go with, call American Plumbing and Rooter. We’ll help you make the best decision for you project. As a family owned business, we take great pride in treating your business, building, or home like ours. We make every effort to solve your problem in a cost effective manner with minimal interruption and timely completion. Call us today!