In most cases there is no right answer for every house or building. Most building materials and methods have pluses and minuses, and water supply line materials are no exception. Regions of our country have different climates, soil conditions, and water chemistry. The goal in all cases is to find is to find what is right for your home in your location.
Copper is a durable soft metal and has the following advantages:
But copper also has some serious disadvantages, namely:
PEX stands for cross-linked polyethylene. It is a type of plastic tubing made from high-density polyethylene. It is used for radiant floor heat tubing and for water supply. PEX has a lot of advantages over copper piping, such as:
But PEX does have a few disadvantages as well:
So which is right for your home? It depends on where you live. Testing your water can be a good idea. As a rule of thumb, if your water has a pH below 6.5, definitely don’t install copper. Beyond that merits a discussion of your goals for your home.
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