The materials used in plumbing applications have changed drastically over the years. As humans have tried to solve the problem of getting usable water to where it is needed, they have used bamboo, clay, lead, copper, plastic, hollow logs, stone, and basically whatever material was readily available and usable. In this modern world, however, we are not limited by scarce resources. Thus, you can choose from a wide variety of materials. Our choice of plumbing materials should focus on the material that will yield the best results. Two popular choices of plumbing material are PVC and PEX. As you compare the two, a clear winner emerges.
An Analysis of PVC
The main advantage of PVC is that it is relatively easy to work with. For example, if you work with copper, you have to solder all the joints you create. Soldering makes working with copper tedious. Cutting copper will also take longer than it takes to cut PVC. Not only is it faster to cut PVC to length, but all you need is glue and primer to make joints. As a final advantage, PVC pipe will not react with water, so you don't have to worry about your plumbing creating hard water.
The primary disadvantages of PVC are that it comes in precut sections and will not easily bend around corners. Thus, you end up needing to make more cuts and make more connections than you would have to if you had a more flexible material.
An Analysis of PEX Tubing
When you buy PEX tubing, it comes in large rolls, which means that you can cut lengths of PEX from the roll to fit your needs. Furthermore, PEX is flexible, so you can easily bend it around corners to eliminate needless joints.
The primary disadvantage of PEX is that you need metal couplers and special clamps to connect sections of PEX. Thus, making connections in PEX is slightly more complicated than making joints in PVC. Still, as long as you have the right tools, the difficulty in making connections in PEX should not slow you down too much.
When you must deal with a plumbing project in your home, it is important to know what types of materials you have to choose from. PEX tubing is easy to work with, flexible, can be used with hot or cold water, will not crack if subjected to frozen water, and is the best all-around choice from plumbing applications in the home.
If you are wondering which type of pipe would work best for your home and budget, discuss your options with a professional plumber, such as an expert from Clarke Bill Plumbing & Heating.