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 to repipe.
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.