Cross-linked polyethylene tubing, more commonly known as PEX has now become a very popular choice in piping installations. It is replacing traditional copper and galvanized steel in new projects as well as renovations. This is because it is cheaper, easier to install, and offers more control with a distribution manifold.
The PEX pipes are also available from 5-foot lengths for small repairs to 1,000 feet long rolls for large installations. With more than 60% of new installations now using PEX, it has become a proven and reliable option for metal pipes.
PEX Pipe vs. Copper – What’s the Difference?
PEX pipe offers more flexibility during installation, it is cheaper, color-coded, and offers a central shutoff with a distribution manifold. Copper has a long lifespan, is environmentally friendly, is sturdier, and resists very high heat. The pros and cons depend on your use case, but they are both very effective at what they do.
PEX Pipe Advantages for Business:
- Ease of Installation: PEX is lightweight and flexible, making it less labor-intensive to install. For businesses, this can translate to reduced labor costs and quicker project completion.
- Cost-Effective: PEX is generally cheaper than copper, which can lead to significant savings, especially in large-scale projects.
- Color-Coded: PEX pipes are often color-coded, allowing for easier identification of cold and hot water lines.
- Central Shutoff Feature: With a distribution manifold, it becomes simple to control the water flow in various sections, ensuring minimal disruption during maintenance.
PEX Pipe for Your Jobsite Needs
SharkBite 3/4 Inch x 100 Feet White PEX-B
SharkBite is one of the leading brands of PEX pipe products. You can get this pipe up to 1,000 feet in length and it is freeze-resistant, has an innovative push-to-connect design, six-month UV resistance, and the highest-rated chlorine resistance. It has a minimum working temperature of 33° F at 160 PSI, a maximum working temperature of 200° F at 80 PSI, and a maximum working pressure of 160 PSI at 33 to 70° F.
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PEX GUY 1/2″ x 100 Ft Blue PEX
PEX GUY’s potable water pipe comes in 1/2“– 1” sizes and up to 1,000 feet in length. This is NSF certified and comes with a 25-year industry standard warranty. It is pressure rated at 79psi 200°F, 100psi 180°F, and 160psi 73°F.
VEVOR PEX Tubing, 1″ PEX Pipe
With a total length of 300ft, this is a PEX-b with non-barrier security that is fit for potable water or radiant floor water projects. It is rated for water temperatures of -40? to 203? and pressure rated up to 80 PSI at 200?. And it can be installed with different connection systems and floor types.
Happybuy PEX Tubing Pipe
The two rolls of 1/2” x 100 feet red and blue PEX tubing from Happybuy are non-toxic, maintenance-free, and anti-aging. They can be applied for potable water or radiant floor water projects. These pipes are compatible with a water temperature of -40? to 203? and pressure rates up to 80 PSI at 200?.
SUPPLY GIANT Potable Water PEX
SUPPLY GIANT also has two 1/2” Inch x 100 feet of red and blue non-barrier PEX pipes for residential or commercial use. These pipes deliver hot or cold water and they are resistant to cracks, have uninterrupted water flow, are maintenance-free, and have a long life expectancy.
SharkBite 1/2 Inch x 300 Feet Red PEX-A
This 1/2” PEX-A is another entry from SharkBite. It is a flexible water tubing designed for potable hot and cold plumbing applications. It is a durable and freeze-resistant water supply line with the highest-rated flexibility. The minimum working temperature is 33° F at 160 PSI, the maximum working temperature is 200° F at 80 PSI, and the maximum working pressure is 160 PSI at 33° to 70° F.
1″ Uponor AquaPEX White, 100-ft. Coil
Backed by a 25-year transferable limited warranty this 1″ Uponor AquaPEX white PEX pipe is flexible, durable, corrosion-resistant, and freeze-resilient. And with the long flexible coils, it eliminates the need for fittings with each change in direction. You can use it for hot and cold domestic potable water systems and residential fire safety systems.
Zurn BLUE PEX Hot/Cold Potable Non-Barrier Tubing Coil
This Zurn blue PEX pipe if for hot and cold potable installations. The high temperature and freeze resistance deliver a pressure rating of up to 80 PSI at 200° F. Additionally these pipes have the highest chlorine and UV rating defined by ASTM.
Viega PureFlow Zero Lead PEX Tubing
In addition to the PEX pipes, Viega manufactures a comprehensive selection of fittings and accessories. These blue pipes have a 25-year warranty, a 160 maximum PSI and a maximum temperature of 180° F, it is lead law compliant, and it is NSF certified.
Supply Giant PEX Tubing for Hydronic Radiant Floor Heating Systems
The 1/2” by 1,000 feet coil of PEX pipe from Supply Giant is flexible enough to work with a bend radius of 5 feet. When it comes to performance it has an oxygen barrier along with foreign matter from penetrating your heating system. This prevents the corrosion of metal parts in heaters or other equipment. It has a maximum pressure rating of 80psi at 200° F.
How We Chose Our Picks:
We base our product recommendations on certain criteria we feel is important. Below is what we used to select the PEX pipe products on our list:
Criteria for Selecting PEX Pipe
- Type of PEX (A, B, C) (Scale: 9/10) – Each type (A, B, C) has different manufacturing processes and flexibility levels. Type A is the most flexible, B is known for its greater burst strength, and C offers a balance of both.
- Compatibility with Fittings (Scale: 8/10) – Ensuring the PEX is compatible with available fitting systems (crimp, clamp, push-to-connect, etc.) is crucial for a secure plumbing system.
- Pipe Size and Length (Scale: 7/10) – Pipe diameter and length must meet the specific requirements of the project, considering water flow and pressure.
- Thermal Properties (Scale: 6/10) – Important for systems that will carry hot water; some PEX types have better heat resistance.
- Durability and Lifespan (Scale: 8/10) – A key factor for long-term use; PEX pipes are generally known for their durability and resistance to corrosion and scaling.
- Ease of Installation (Scale: 7/10) – Flexible PEX types are easier to install, especially in tight spaces, reducing labor time and cost.
- Certifications and Standards (Scale: 9/10) – Compliance with NSF/ANSI standards and other certifications ensures the safety and quality of the PEX pipe.
- UV Resistance (Scale: 5/10) – Crucial if the pipe will be exposed to sunlight, as PEX can degrade under UV light.
- Cost (Scale: 6/10) – While typically more affordable than copper, prices vary among PEX types and brands.
- Environmental Impact (Scale: 4/10) – Some businesses prioritize eco-friendly materials; certain types of PEX may be more recyclable or have a lower environmental footprint.
What to Look for When Buying PEX Pipes
Unlike copper or galvanized steel, PEX pipes have several features you need to be aware of. So, before you buy some PEX pipes look for some of these features to make sure you are buying the right pipes.
Color Coding: Red PEX pipes for hot water supply lines, blue PEX for cold water supply, and white and gray for hot or cold.
PEX-A: This is the most flexible type of PEX, which makes it applicable for use in all home water-supply plumbing installations. PEX-A is made using peroxide.
PEX-B: Stiffer than PEX-A, this pipe tends to return to its original coiled shape. PEX B is made using Silane, or Moisture Cure, method. This is the most common PEX pipe type.
PEX-C: This is the stiffest PEX version, which makes it harder to work with compared to the other two. It is made using the Electronic Irradiation, or cold, method of cross-linking.
Pipe Sizes: Available in sticks and coil you can get ½-inch, ¾-inch, 1-inch and 2-inch sizes at 5 feet, 10 feet, 20 feet and up to 1,00 feet in length.
Pressure/temperature rating(s): Look on the pipe for the information to find out the right rating for your installation.
Service Lines and Potable Water: PEX pipes can be used for both but look at the designation of the pipe before installing.
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