- For many years, copper piping has been the standard for water pipes throughout a home.
- Copper creates a biostatic atmosphere that prevents the growth of most bacteria.
- Copper is very resistant to corrosion.
- This pipe material is also suitable for use outdoors because it is not affected by ultraviolet rays.
- Copper comes with an extremely long lifespan
- Copper has become increasingly expensive over the years.
- Depending on the PH levels of the water where you live, copper piping could corrode.
- While it shouldn’t be a problem in the Sydney Metro, frozen water can cause copper pipes to burst.
PEX (crosslinked polyethylene):
- PEX piping is very affordable, costing only a third of copper piping
- Pipes are more resistant to freezing and bursting
- Resistant to scale and chlorine
- Quick and easy to install; fewer connections and fittings
- Pipes don’t lose heat the way copper pipes do
- PEX pipes are often colour coded in red (meaning hot), blue (meaning cold) and white (meaning either) for convenience and quick identification
- PEX is not suitable for outdoor use
- Prone to damage from rats gnawing on the piping
- Cannot be recycled and will have to be completely replaced
- The impermeable membrane increases the possibility of water contamination
Need to replace or install new piping? Speak with our friendly team of customer service representatives today on 1300 558 730.