The Benefits Of Using PEX Tubing
by Brian Whitehurst (3/7/2013)
you’ve decided to integrate a radiant heat system into your home,
choosing the materials to use is the next step. If you’re a DIY
(do it yourself) type of guy, then you may not be 100% familiar with PEX
tubing and the benefits it provides over other piping materials like
PEX Tubing is a cross-linked polyethylene pipe. Polyethylene is the
material from which water bottles are made. But the cross linking
process stabilized the polymer such that it doesn’t break down. The
federal government has given PEX tubing a 500 year life expectancy. So
it will last as long as the concrete floor in which it is installed.
We carry Watts Radiant’s RadiantPEX+™. It offers toughness,
flexibility and lasting durability. After going through several
processes, the PEX material becomes durable, with the ability to
withstand extreme temperatures both hot and cold. Here are a look at
some of the other benefits you’ll get from using PEX tubing.
Flexibility – Installer will definitely appreciate
the easy use and flexibility when putting the piping and tubing into
place. You can bend the tubing around most corners and won’t need a
coupling or fitting.
Anti-Corrosion – RadiantPEX+™ has an added EVOH
oxygen barrier, protecting ferrous components of the heating system from
corrosion. It has the traditional advantages of regular PEX
tubing, but the oxygen barrier protects your investment in your heating
system and maintains the warranties on many of its components.
Anti-Friction – if there is one downside to PEX
tubing, it’s the noise that can occur when the system starts to warm up.
The tubing expands when the water passes through, and it creates a
friction against the floor and fasteners holding it. It almost sounds
like a ticking or creaking sound. With RadiantPEX+™, Watts has added an
extra low-friction layer to reduce the noise form tube expansion and
aids for a smoother easier installation. We want to give you the
quietest system available.
Check out Watts Radiant’s RadiantPEX+™ pricing by clicking here, or giving us a call at 888-470-2757.
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