There are 2 main types of material used for repiping in southern California
– Copper and PEX. Which is the right choice for your home?
The terrain and climate even within the Los Angeles County is quite diverse.
Though both PEX and copper will work in all locations of southern California,
soil content and temperature can be a deciding factor when you decide
Let’s take a look at each type of pipe, their strengths and weaknesses.
If piping could be categorized like a car, copper would be considered the
luxury version like a Bentley or Maserati. Why? Copper is almost indestructible.
Copper pipes can last for decades unlike other types of metal pipes. Copper,
like other metals such as silver or gold, is antibacterial. This means
that you won’t get sick from any microorganisms in your pipes. Copper
is excellent in heat and copper pipes can be used outside where there
is sun exposure for watering gardens, etc.
Copper will freeze in very cold temperatures. If you are living in the
mountains, this may not be your best choice. Copper is less flexible than
PEX piping, takes a little longer to install and has a higher price tag.
Though newer to the American market, PEX has proven its worth in Europe
where it has been used for decades. PEX is made from polyethylene, a plastic-like
substance. Don’t let the plastic scare you off. PEX is proving to
be one of the best materials in the repiping industry. It is lighter and
more flexible than its metal counterparts and costs less to install. PEX
will not corrode like metal piping and has a very high tolerance for both
heat and cold. It cannot be used in direct sunlight and does not have
the antimicrobial properties of copper.
Get Advice at Your In-Home Inspection
Most repiping companies will come to your home and give you a free inspection
of your pipes. If the inspector is coming from a reputable company, you
should be able to get sound advice on which type of material would be
best for your new pipes.