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Copper Versus Plastic Pipes, What Should I Choose?


We know this question must come up in normal conversation all the time, right? Well, perhaps in our circles it does, but maybe not in the average household. Copper and plastic pipes are the two most common piping materials available right now.

The question of which one is best can be a confusing one, especially if you are not in the plumbing world. This is why we have decided to give some information on the subject to help the average homeowners understand their options. This way, when the questions come up again over the water cooler- you will know your facts!

The Pro’s of Copper Water Pipes

copperwaterpipesCopper water pipes have been the standard for many years. Plumbers are well used to working with these water lines, as they have been around for so long.

As mentioned, however, with modern advances, there are new pipes on the block. First, though, let’s take a look at the pros of copper piping.

  • Highly durable.
  • Can be used indoor and outdoor as UV light does not affect it.
  • Natural properties.
  • Reduces bacteria.
  • Resistant to corrosion.
  • Easy to install.
  • Won’t snap.

The Pros Of Plastic Water Pipes

Plastic Pipes (otherwise known as PEX) are a newer way to pipe your home. There are several advantages to plastic piping that copper piping does not have.

  • plasticpipesDurable during extreme temperatures.
  • Easy to install; especially in tight places.
  • Flexible.
  • Needs fewer connections and fittings.
  • Cheaper to install.
  • Reduced leaks.
  • Will not freeze.
  • Do not corrode.

Which One Is Best For Repiping?

repipingYou may have noticed above that the pros of copper and plastic can actually be the same. So, what is right for you? The best way to figure out whether copper or PEX is going to work for you lies in the cons.

Let’s look at PEX piping. PEX can not be used outside. It can expand and contract which means the pipes can be contaminated. It’s also important to note that they are not as durable as copper.

For example, you can easily cut through a PEX pipe with a saw, they can be damaged by impact, and they can be chewed through. On the other hand, PEX is easier to work with and is cheaper to install.

All of these factors, and some others we mentioned above should come into your decision-making process. If you live in a cold climate where you have a tricky setup, plastic may be the best solution for you.

Call The Professionals

Still unsure about what material is best for your piping? Not to worry, Roman Plumbing Inc. is at your service! We have professionals standing by ready to answer all of your questions!

Give us a call today if you are thinking about repiping or just need to have your system checked. Our team members are standing by at (727) 858-3412.