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Copper Vs. PEX: Which Is Better?

Did you know there are lots of different types of pipes out there? It’s probably something you don’t think about too often, but it when comes time for a repair, you’ll want to know about some of the major differences. When it comes to copper and PEX, which one is better? It all depends on the situation and the application so we’re going to take you through some of advantages and disadvantages of both forms of piping, below:


Copper piping is the standard model for soldering pipes and it tends to be the most common type of pipes in homes. Copper is typically a bit more expensive than PEX Piping and is prone to cold weather outbreaks and leaks. On the brighter side, copper has a biostatic atmosphere and is unaffected by violet rays giving it the ability to operate extremely well in the outdoors.


Crosslinked polyethylene or PEX piping was introduced in the early 80s and is used primarily in floor heating applications. PEX is superior in many different ways and is valued for its cheap costs, ability to resist scale and chlorine and fit into a quicker installation process.

Although it isn’t a great fit for outside use, PEX piping tends to be more resistant to freezing temperatures than copper piping.

Still unsure about which type of piping to use for your next project? Let us take the guesswork out of it for you! Head over to Hero Plumbing, Heating & Cooling to learn more about our plumbing services or to schedule an appointment.

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