Plumbers have long argued over which plumbing is best. There are so many factors to consider. For example, is durability and lifespan the most important factor or is upfront cost? In this video, you will learn about some of the best piping options of 2022.
CPVC piping is an interesting option. Even though it is installed in nearly 50% of homes, it doesn’t offer many distinct advantages. Sure, it is cheaper than copper piping. However, its lifespan is only 3/4 that of copper. It may be a little bit easier to install than copper, but it still requires primer and solvent for connecting fittings. This option seems to be an awkward in between and may be losing ground.
Copper has always been a great option thanks to its durability. If you check out an older home, you may find that the copper piping is still in perfect condition. It can last as long as 100 years with proper maintenance. Yet, it is expensive and difficult to install.
The new winner in piping for 2022 seems to be PEX piping. It should compete with the durability of copper over time. Meanwhile, it provides an option that is easier to install than both copper and CPVC. This is because it makes use of a plug and snap system. This system also makes labor costs much lower because of the ease of installation. Therefore, PEX provides both cost and durability upside. PEX is the clear winner.