Myth Busters: What My Brother-in-Law Told Me About PEX

January 31, 2014 • Radiant Floor Heating, Radiant Heating • Views: 469

Urban myth: PEX tubing is expensive

Myth BusterCompared to copper pipes, the cost of PEX tubing amounts to less than 10% of the cost of copper. Further savings are available, if you take into account ease of installation, simplicity of connecting and reduced installation time.

Urban mythPEX Tubing is not approved for use everywhere

Myth Buster: PEX is approved everywhere in USA and Canada to be used for new construction. California was the last state to approve the use of PEX tubing in 2010.

Urban myth: PEX Tubing is not reliable

Myth Buster: PEX has a 50-year track record of performance and safety in Europe. Increassing use in the US for the last two decades is a clear demonstration that PEX is now widely accepted in North America and is proven as a safe and reliable heating solution

Urban mythPEX Tubing is hard to install
Myth Buster: In comparison to installing other pipe materials, such as copper, installation of PEX does not require sweat connections and minimum number of fittings and joints. In fact, it is simple enough that many homeowners install it without hiring a professional plumber or HVAC technician.

Urban myth: PEX-A is a better quality product that PEX-B
Myth Buster
PEX types (A, B or C) is not a grade, or quality level. It is not like meat. Those types refer to manufacturing methods (Peroxide for PEX-A, Silane for PEX-B and viagra without a prescription Irradiation for PEX-C) and are not an indicator of quality. In fact, when compared to PEX-A, PEX-B tubing shows less variation in wall thickness, higher bursting pressure, produces less waste during manufacturing, requires less energy to make and is more resistant to hydrocarbon oxidation.

Urban myth: PEX tubing technology is new and has not been sufficiently tested out

Myth Buster: PEX Tubing was developed and first used in Europe in the 1960’s. This product started to be used in the North-American market 30 years ago and has been growing in popularity ever since. During these years, PEX tubing has been installed in millions of houses, commercial and industrial buildings, and has been tested under all kind of conditions and during many years of continuous use.

Urban mythPEX tubing can’t withstand extremely hot temperatures

Myth Buster: PEX Tubing has been tested to withstand temperatures of 200F, making it adequate for all types of radiant heating installations.

Urban myth: PEX tubing has a short life span

Myth Buster: The life span of PEX tubing can vary based on frequency of use, water quality and water temperature and has an average life expectancy of 40-50 years. Some factors, such as exposing tubing to sun or water temperatures beyond tested levels, can significantly damage tubing and reduce its life span. Most of PEX tubing on the market today comes with 25 year warranty.

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