Plumbers have been using PEX pipe for a long time. PEX pipe was created in the 1960's, but it was during the 1980's that it started to be used for plumbing applications in the USA. Many plumbers have found that, compared to rigid pipe, PEX pipe is easier to handle, can bend easily around corners, is just as durable as CPVC or copper pipe and is more freeze resistant.
In today's competitive market, it is increasingly important to choose products that improve productivity and profitability. If you're evaluating various pipe materials, here are some of the advantages of using SharkBite PEX pipe in comparison to rigid pipe types, such as CPVC and copper.
1. Flexibility & Faster Installations
One of the main benefits of using PEX pipe versus rigid pipe is its flexibility. PEX can often maneuver around corners without the use of elbows or other additional fittings. This reduces the number of connection points, lowers material cost and minimizes potential leaks. Additionally, you can install PEX pipe in longer runs with the use of coils that come in lengths up to 1,000 feet.
When you install SharkBite fittings, no special tools, crimping, glue or solder are needed, making the installation faster, reducing the chance of installation errors and increasing overall productivity. SharkBite fittings also rotate, allowing for perfect pipe alignment and a professional appearance.
2. Durable & Freeze Resistant
PEX resists scale buildup, which is common in copper pipe. PEX is also corrosion and chlorine resistant, and can withstand extreme high and low temperatures. SharkBite PEX pipe is tested to the highest level of chlorine resistance (100% chlorine at 140°F) and is certified to meet ASTM F876 oxidative-resistance requirements for continuous recirculation.
SharkBite PEX pipe is less susceptible to burst in freezing conditions than rigid pipes like CPVC and copper due to its ability to expand and not become brittle during extreme temperatures. Also the outside temperature does not affect the installation of SharkBite PEX with SharkBite fittings, as it can be tested immediately once all connections are made. Note that even though PEX is freeze resistant, you should still use standard insulation precautions.
3. Confidence & Peace of Mind
When you plumb with PEX, no glue, solder, solvents or torches are necessary. This keeps potentially dangerous chemicals out of plumbing systems. When you use SharkBite, no special tools are needed, significantly reducing the chance of installation errors and leaks, and lessening the risk of water damage and mold. SharkBite EvoPEX™ fittings even have a green visual indicator for assurance that a proper and permanent connection has been made.
SharkBite stands behind its products with a 25-year system warranty with consequential damage coverage to provide years of customer satisfaction. (Reference the SharkBite warranty for more details on coverage).
4. Proven & Guaranteed
SharkBite PEX pipe is manufactured in the USA with the highest grade materials. With more than 1.5 million connections made every week, SharkBite is a leading manufacturer of plumbing fittings and PEX pipe. We back our system with a 25 year system warranty that includes consequential damage coverage to provide years of customer satisfaction. (Reference the SharkBite warranty for more details on coverage).