Cross-linked polyethylene tubing (PEX) is gradually substituting copper in residential and commercial plumbing systems for a number of evident reasonsS: ease of installation, resistance to acidic water, and the virtual removal of leak-prone fittings. PEX is a fairly new material in the market, having been available in the USA for a couple of decades.
In case if the pipes at your home are worn out and corroded and you need to replace them, contact Norwalk/La Mirada Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning ASAP. We will offer you a number of options, but undoubtedly PEX piping is one of the most popular ones, and for some significant reasons. First of all, PEX is much easier and faster to install than rigid copper pipes because PEX is flexible. Second of all, PEX is cheaper to install, thus the savings over installing PEX pipes versus copper pipes can be substantial. And last but not the least, PEX pipes don’t corrode like copper and aren’t susceptible to freezing.
On the other hand, copper has a proven history of faithful service, having been in use for centuries unlike PEX that has only been used in U.S. residential plumbing for the past 30 years or so.
This is not surprising that some homeowners might still prefer copper pipes due to their reliability and durability. PEX can also be subjected to damage from ultraviolet sun rays. Talk to your plumber about protective measures in case if your PEX piping has to be installed outside your home.
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