Copper Repiping or Pex Repiping best for your Phoenix home?
Are you unsure of the benefit of a Copper Repipe?
We get calls from homeowners in the Phoenix area asking about repiping and which is best: a Copper Repipe or a PEX repipe. I hope this information about repiping in copper and repiping in PEX will be helpful to you if you’re trying to decide whether to repipe your house in copper or PEX.
About Copper Repipes:
When we first started doing repipes in 1982, copper repiping was the most popular solution. Copper is a durable material, and far superior to the old galvanized steel pipes we were replacing in most homes. In fact, our business was founded on repiping older homes that had galvanized piping that had begun to leak due to deterioration caused primarily by rusting/corrosion of the pipe.
Over the years, we repiped thousands of homes in copper. Repiping a home in copper is still a good solution today. Copper is durable, resists corrosion, is long-lasting and it can be used in outdoor applications, where other piping materials might fail. But there are drawbacks to using copper to repipe a house. Perhaps the biggest drawback is the cost. Copper is expensive. Much more expensive than PEX.
Because of the additional cost of the copper pipe and fittings, a copper repipe can be significantly higher than a PEX repipe. Also, because of the value of copper, copper piping is a frequent target for theft.
Many of the homes in Phoenix and the surrounding communities are second homes, and only occupied for part of the year. It’s an unfortunate fact that today, if these homes are plumbed in copper, there is a high likelihood they may be broken into and the copper stripped from walls, ceilings, attics, fittings and fixtures, etc. It isn’t uncommon for us to get a call from a homeowner who has just returned from an extended absence and found this very situation, which requires that the home be re piped as soon as possible.
Copper repipes also require special skills and experience, as the joints must be soldered in place, and the installation process is more complicated and costly as a result. The repiping crew at Stevens Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning has the skills and the experience (remember, we’ve been repiping homes in Phoenix for over 30 years and have done thousands of copper repipes). But the additional expense is a concern for many of our repipe customers.
Developed in the 1950s, PEX (cross-linked polyethylene) pipe came into popular use for residential plumbing applications in the 1990s. PEX is also a very durable product and PEX repiping is much more cost-effective. A PEX repipe still requires skill and experience, and it’s always recommended that you use a licensed, experienced plumbing company like Stevens Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning. But PEX pipe, along with the required fittings, is more affordable than copper, and the installation is less complicated – not requiring any soldering in your attic – and therefore faster than copper repiping.
In addition, pex tubing has other advantages over copper. It’s a quieter material (no pipes knocking in your attic!), and the PEX material produces less resistance to the water flowing through the pipes, allowing for faster water flow and potentially reducing your utility bills. And, PEX is a very stable material, and doesn’t expand/contract with temperature changes.
For all of the reasons stated above, and probably more that I forgot to include (!) we generally recommend a PEX repipe for most homes. However, we are fully qualified, and highly experienced, in all types of repiping methods. So, for a PEX repipe or for a copper repipe, give us a call!
Questions about Copper Repipes vs PEX repipes? Give us a call! An experienced repipe plumber is always available during business hours to answer your questions. And, remember:
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