Using PEX to Maximize the Benefits of Hybrid Piping Systems

Varying pipe materials within a single system can help you tap into the best characteristics of each type of pipe

Hybrid piping systems are becoming more popular with the need for value engineering to meet budgets and tight production schedules. What was once a one-piping-material project for domestic water or mechanical hydronic systems has turned into a multipipe opportunity.

I say “opportunity” because having multiple piping systems in a project can often maximize the best characteristics of each pipe type. For example, what works best for risers and mains might not work best for in-suite piping. Some pipe materials have greater benefits the larger they get. Others have more benefits in smaller sizes.

Author: Kim Bliss is the content development manager at Uponor.


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