There are plenty of options on the market for plumbing materials: galvanized piping, PEX, PVC, Copper, brass and so on. With so many options, there’s a lot to consider when it comes to choosing which material works best for your home. It’s crucial to take factors like function, location, maintenance, and more into account to help make your decision, as each of these materials can be directly affected by each of these factors. Take a look at the three most popular and functional plumbing materials:
PEX piping is an efficient, flexible plastic piping material and has seen a boom in popularity for use in residential and commercial buildings recently. It requires minimal maintenance, is installed quickly, and is extremely versatile. Its flexibility allows it to snake through small spaces and walls and can extend relatively far with a single piece. PEX piping is incredibly heat resistant and is great for hot and cold water supply, and because of its nature, it’s completely leaking- and burst-free. The only drawback with PEX piping is its inability to be used in outdoor applications. UV rays cause damage to its outer plastic layer, meaning the material can only be exclusively indoors. Otherwise, PEX piping is the most cost-effective and reliable piping material currently on the market.
The most traditional of plumbing materials, copper is the most widely used option due to its durability and reliability. Copper’s lifespan can reach well over 100 years at a time with superior corrosion resistance and is easily manageable with hot and cold water. Although copper tends to be pricier than its PEX counterpart, it is more suitable for long-term and outdoor applications. When it comes to copper piping, it’s important to consider that copper needs to be soldered together to work correctly, something that a professional plumber could easily handle for you. Go with copper material if you are willing to invest in incredibly long-lasting and durable piping material for your home.
PVC pipes are another plumbing material commonly found in residential homes. These are generally used for warm and cold potable water and some sewage applications. Like copper, these pipes are stable and fixed in their placement. However, hot water can warp PVC if it is exposed. PVC does not rust, corrode or degrade over time, and work well for your home’s sink, toilet, and bathtub. This material is inexpensive and easy to work with, making it one of the most suitable plumbing materials for the main water supply line into your home.
Mr. Plumber Plumbing Company can help you determine which plumbing material ultimately suits your home and lifestyle best, as well as installing, upgrading and maintaining them to keep your plumbing running and operating efficiently. Get started with Mr. Plumber Plumbing Company to find out which plumbing material is best for you.