There has been a long debate on the utilities of PEX (Polyethylene Polymer) and Copper for the plumbing purposes. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. While Copper Piping is advantageous from the bacterial resistance point of view, PEX is known for its utilities in extreme weather conditions. Here we shall discuss one by one the advantages and disadvantages of the PEX Piping and Copper Piping.
Advantages of PEX Piping:
Being a cross-linked polymeric chain, PEX is more flexible than the metal piping. It results in their easy installation in homes and at other places of concern. It is resistant to corrosion and can be installed with fewer tools and equipments. It is more energy efficient as it checks any transfer of heat through it. This characteristic results in its durability and requirement of less money for its installation. It also makes it easier for the plumbers to install the PEX Piping with less tools, as it can itself turn along the corners by an angle of 90 degrees. It has replaced Copper and is undoubtedly a better option for the people who want to invest less in the plumbing part and use the funds elsewhere.
Advantages of Copper Piping:
One of the biggest advantages of the Copper Piping is that it is resistant to PH change. It means that your Copper piping would not corrode in the events of heavy rain, ultra hot weather or if an acid falls on it, mistakenly. Copper Piping can be used inside your home as well as outside as the Copper metal is unaffected by the harmful Ultraviolet radiations of sun. Also, there is every reason to believe that the water will remain fresh and uncontaminated as Copper Piping doesn’t allow bacterial infections to take place.
Disadvantages of PEX Piping:
- They cannot be used outside.
- They may allow bacterial infections to take place.
- They cannot be recycled and thus are not good from the sustainable development point of view.
- The PEX piping is affected by the Ultraviolet radiations of sun in the long term.
Disadvantages of Copper Piping:
- With the increasing demands, and the lesser availability of the Copper metal under the earth’s crust, Copper Piping has become costlier and thus may not suit your budget if you are looking for a new home, or to renovate the older one.
- Copper Piping may corrode in long tern due to the oxidation of Copper metal due to the oxygen and moisture present in the atmosphere.
- Copper Piping is not a reliable alternative at very low temperatures and may break down due to their freezing
As each coin has two sides, similarly the PEX and Copper piping have both their advantages and disadvantages. Going according to your budget and needs would be an intelligent choice. Go for the best one available in the market as it is a onetime expense and can add to the glory of your dream house.