Posted on: 17 April 2015
When your plumber tells you that your whole house needs new piping, it can come as a bit of a shock. As a result, you may not know what to say when you're asked what kind of piping you want to use for the repipe. You're still adjusting to the idea of having to get new pipes, and suddenly you have all of these choices to make. Copper, CPVC, PEX – what's the difference? The truth is, there can be a big difference, so it's important to choose the right type of pipe. Take a look at the reasons why PEX should be the choice for you.
PEX Is Less Expensive
Having the whole house repiped can be a financial hardship for many families. And even if it's not a hardship, aren't there other things that you would rather spend your money on? You could be paying for a vacation instead of pipes!
That doesn't mean that you don't want to choose the option that's best for your family. But if you can choose safe, healthy piping and save money at the same time, why wouldn't you? PEX pipes are the least expensive popular option, at .40 to .50 cents per linear foot. That's slightly less than CPVC, which comes in at .50 to .60 cents per linear foot, and considerably less than copper, which is a whopping $1.50 to $2.00 a foot. You can see why the savings makes PEX a popular choice for many homeowners.
PEX Takes Less Labor
In addition to the cost, you have to consider the effect repiping will have on your home life. If you're like most people, you want the work done as quickly as possible. You may have a house full of people, but if you all have multiple obligations each day, arranging for someone to be there while the work is being done can be a hardship. And who wants to come home from work to find the water off or holes being drilled in the wall? The sooner it's done with, the better.
PEX is less labor intensive to install than either copper or CPVC. That's largely because the material, unlike metal or hard plastic, is flexible. PEX pipe can go over and around obstacles when necessary, instead of requiring holes drilled so that it can go through. What's more, the fittings for PEX pipes are quite simple – unlike other piping options, there's no need for blowtorches or glue to attach the simple metal fittings. That means that installation can be done quite quickly, allowing your home to return to normal sooner rather than later. As a bonus, you'll also save money on labor.
PEX Takes Less Maintenance
Once your new pipes are in place, you probably won't want to have to worry about them again for a while. With PEX, you may not have to. Those easy to install metal fittings are not only simple, they're virtually leak proof, which is definitely not the case with copper or CVPC fittings. You'll love never again having to shut off the water because a fitting is loose.
Furthermore, the material that PEX is made of -- cross-linked polyethylene – is resistant to hard water and other corrosive elements. If your water isn't as soft as you'd like, or if you happen to live in an area where rust is tough to control, like a beach town, this can be a big element. And of course, you also won't have the possibility of copper leaching into your water as the pipes age.
So, when your plumber tells you that you must replace the pipes, ask if PEX pipes are an option for your home. You'll save money and time, and you won't have to worry about your pipes again anytime soon. Click here to continue reading about pipe options.Share