Are plastic PEX manifolds good?

Plastic manifolds are much more versatile than copper, and often cheaper. They do not last as long, however. If left in sunlight, like rubber, plastic will crack. This may result in burst tubing, or leakage, which will require the manifold to be repaired.

Which type of PEX fitting is best?

PEX-A, which has the most flexible tubing and best freeze- and kink resistance, is ideal for use with kitchen and bath fixtures. PEX-B is slightly less flexible and less freeze-resistant.

How long do PEX manifolds last?

How long do PEX manifolds last? Most PEX systems are expected to last anywhere between 25 to 50 years when they are properly installed.

Is type A or B PEX better?

Bottom line, PEX A is more resistant to burst pressure than PEX B. PEX A’s expansive material can handle up to 500 PSI, which makes it reliable in extremely cold temperatures. Since PEX B is a more rigid material, it will not hold up as well in similar situations.

Which PEX fittings are better plastic or brass?

Brass its typically the best choice when the application demands a stronger fitting. In addition, plastic PEX fittings have a thicker wall requirement under ASTM2159 Standard, resulting in a reduced ID which restricts flow, while brass PEX fittings are manufactured to ASTM F1807 allowing for a larger flow passage.

Is PEX crimp or clamp better?

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What’s the difference between PEX AB and C?

PEX B is formed using Silane, or Moisture Cure, method. This is the most common PEX pipe type out there. PEX C is created using the Electronic Irradiation, or Cold, method of cross-linking.

What is better crimp or cinch?

Asides for its versatility, the cinch tool is also cheaper than the crimp tool. The cinch rings can be slightly more expensive than crimp rings. A cinch connection will last over 5 years and can last more than 10 years. Crimp connections consist or a crimp ring, a crimp tool, proper fittings and a go/no-go gauge.

Why do my PEX fittings leak?

As with any other pipes, PEX is not prone to leaking. Nearly all of the plumbing leaks occur at joints (connection spots) and most of them are due to incorrect installation. Much like installing PEX tubing, repairing it is also an easy process.

Is SharkBite PEX type A or B?

Method 2: SharkBite Fitting

SharkBite does make a coupling that connects PEX-A to PEX-B. However, we don’t recommend using them.

Is Uponor PEX-A or B?

Uponor manufactures PEX-a tubing is considered the superior type of PEX in the industry because the crosslinking is done during the manufacturing process when polyethylene is in its amorphic state (above the crystalline melting point).

Is Apollo PEX-A or B?

Apollo offers PEX-A (Expansion PEX) and PEX-B tubing. PEX-A tubing (Expansion PEX) is produced using the Peroxide or Engel method. Molecules of HDPE polymer are cross-linked during the extrusion process. PEX-B tubing is produced using the Silane or moisture-cured method.

Is Apollo PEX the same as Uponor?

Uponor makes PEX-A and the Apollo found at Home Depot is PEX-B. Some fittings will only work for PEX-A and can’t be used with B, but these are somewhat proprietary expansion fittings that rely on the extra flexibility of A. The good news is, you don’t have those fittings.

Who manufactures Apollo PEX?

Aalberts Industries Company

Apollo is owned by Aalberts Industries Company, and specializes in the distribution of PEX tubing, tools, fittings, manifolds, and most importantly their intricate valves.

Is Uponor and ProPEX the same?

PEX pipe is made by a handful of companies, but the best version I’ve discovered so far is part of a system called ProPEX. It’s a proprietary brand of PEX connections and pipe invented by an international company named Uponor ( and based in Finland.

Are Wirsbo and Uponor the same thing?

Uponor (formerly Wirsbo) has been making PEX pipe for radiant floor heating since 1970, longer than any other PEX manufacturer.

Can you crimp Uponor?

Typically, PEX-a is used with cold expansion fittings (F1960) or Uponor / Wirsbo’s brand name Propex fittings. Other expansion fittings that can be used are F2080 or Rehau’s Everloc fitting. PEX-a can also be used with all crimp fitting and push-fit style methods.

Did Uponor buy Wirsbo?

1988. Uponor enters the plastic hot water pipe business by acquiring the German company Hewing and the Swedish company Wirsbo.

Is Uponor made in the USA?

Headquartered in Apple Valley, Minn., Uponor North America has manufacturing in Apple Valley as well as Hutchinson, Minn., along with distribution in Lakeville, Minn., which also supports Canadian distribution in Mississauga, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta.

Is Wirsbo still in business?

The Uponor Wirsbo name is now officially Uponor. Throughout the coming year, the Wirsbo name will transition to Uponor in nearly all its marketing materials and product labeling. One of the exceptions is that the company will retain Wirsbo as a trade name with its line of crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing products.