Copper vs. PEX “A” Pipes: Repiping Homes

in Lakeside Repiping Company, Integrity Repipe

There are two main materials that the repiping professionals like to use when the pipes in their home need to be replaced: copper and PEX A. Both materials have positive and negative aspects. At Integrity Repipe, we always recommend PEX pipes instead of copper, because it is the most cost-effective solution for our customers, and the benefits of this material far outweigh the liabilities. When you need a reliable and qualified repipe plumber to replace your pipes in your Ladera Ranch home, contact Integrity Repipe.

At Integrity Repipe, throughout our 26 years of experience, we have five-star reviews on Google, Yelp and Angie’s List. Family owned and operated, Integrity Repipe has performed repipe work in more than 320,000 homes with the highest quality materials manufactured right here in the United States. At Integrity Repipe we are proud to serve in Southern California in the Lakeside areas of 92040, and 92021 in Eucalyptus Hills, Blossom Valley, Santee, Winter Gardens, Harbison, El Cajon, Hilsdale, La Mesa, and much more. Contact us today to learn more about the differences between copper and PEX pipes!

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Affordable PEX Plumbing
Near Lakeside, California

Our plumbers in Lakeside prefer to use PEX plumbing systems instead of copper systems for many reasons. PEX systems do not need as much time to install and are much more affordable than other materials such as CPVC and copper. PEX is flexible and resistant to scaling and chlorine. Incorporating a PEX plumbing system into your home can accelerate the renovation of your home and for a fair price. Get tips from home repair technicians for Lakeside spare parts plumbers at Integrity Repipe.

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Why PEX better than Copper?

The main opponent of the PEX plumbing system is copper. Copper has durability and extreme resistance to bacteria, corrosion and ultraviolet rays. However, copper pipes are much more expensive and require more installation time. In contrast, PEX tubing is a flexible material as well as durable and cost effective, so you can get high quality plumbing at a much lower price than copper. In addition, you will pay even less for the work that it would take you to install it in your Lakeside home.

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Uponor AquaPEX® Tubing, the Best PEX Fittings for Repiping a Home Near Lakeside

For a top rated, trustworthy repipe plumbing company in Lakeside, Integrity Repipe can help you decide what plumbing system will best suit your home. Contact our experienced Lakeside plumbing technicians today for more information.

There are many types of PEX tubing. The best type is Uponor AquaPEX® Tubing. This is the best PEX fitting for repiping a home. The wall thickness, flow path, and internal diameter are outstanding. The chart below compares the features of Uponor F1960 Fitting vs Standard f1807 Fitting.

Uponor F1960 Fitting

Standard F1807 Fitting

Wall thickness (A)

1/2″ fitting = 0.057″
1″ fitting = 0.072
1/2″ fitting = 0.028″
1″ fitting = 0/041″

Flow path (B)

1/2″ fitting = 0.112 sq. inches
(2.9 gpm at 8 ft./sec)
1″ fitting = 0.496 sq. inches
(12.4 gpm at 8 ft./sec.)
1/2″ fitting = 0.096 sq. inches
(2.4 gpm at 8 ft./sec)
1″ fitting = 0.369 sq. inches
(9.9 gpm at 8 ft./sec.)

Internal diameter (C)

1/2″ fitting = 0.378″
1″ fitting = 0.795″
1/2″ fitting = 0.350″
1″ fitting = 0.710″

Nearly 50% thicker walls and 25% greater flow rate

The Different Types of PEX Pipes

ProPEX Vs. Other PEX Insert Fittings

  • Larger internal diameter of ProPEX means a 25% greater flow rate.
  • ProPEX cold-expansion makes it impossible to overlook a connection, eliminating the problem of blow offs from dry-fit connections. Visual connection of ProPEX also means no calibration is required.
  • Proven for more than 15 years, ProPEX Engineered Plastic (EP) Fittings have a more cost-effective and stable price than metal insert fittings.
  • ProPEX works well in cold weather, especially with the built-in, auto-rotation mechanism on the new Milwaukee® M12™ and M18™ ProPEX Expansion Tools.
  • ProPEX works with the properties of Uponor PEX tubing; clamp, crimp and press fittings fight the tubing’s elastic memory.

Milwaukee® M12™ And M18™ ProPEX Expansion Tools

  • Built-in auto rotation for effortless, one-handed use, eliminating cold-weather installation concerns.
  • Quick-cam mechanism for fast, continuous expansion
  • Compact, right-angle design simplifies connections in confined spaces
  • All-metal gears and integrated metal frame for maximum jobsite durability
  • Paddle trigger for easy reach in confined spaces
  • LED light illuminates work space in dark locations

PEX vs Copper vs CPVC Comparison Sheet

Why do plumbing professionals choose PEX as their preferred system? Copper and CPVC has been used for years. PEX is a plumbing system that is installed quickly, requires little labor and, if someone wants to do a DIY repair, PEX pipe repair is easy. The chart below illustrates the features of all three side by side. To learn more about PEX pipes, contact your local California plumbers, Integrity Repipe Inc.

Features

PEX-a

CPVC

Copper

Resists corrosion, pitting and scaling

Yes

Yes

No

Flexibility helps resist freeze damage

Yes

No

No

Retains heat in hot-water lines; resists condensation on cold-water lines

Yes

Yes

No

Dampens rushing water noise; eliminates water hammer and singing pipes

Yes

No

No

Cannot be dry-fit; eliminates potential for future leaks and blow-offs

Yes

No

No

Manufactured connection system; eliminates need for chemicals and torches that can harm the enviroment

Yes

No

Yes

NSF International certification for water purity

Yes

Yes

No

Flexible, eliminating added fittings and liability

Yes

No

No

*PEX-b and PEX-c are not heat-reparable.

Uponor ProPEX

PEX Clamp

CPVC

Copper

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