PEX Plumbing Pipe was invented in 1968. Pex pipe was used throughout Europe for water distribution systems. In mid 1980” Pex pipe was introduced in North America for the use of residential radiant floor heating systems.
By the mid-1990s, Pex pipe was being used for residential potable ( drinking ) plumbing. During the early 2000s, Pex Pipe was used for fire sprinklers for a “multipurpose” system.
Commercial projects began using PEX in the 1990s for radiant heating (and eventually radiant cooling) applications. Recently the use of Pex Pipe increase in using PEX pipe for domestic hot water, as well as hydronic heating and chilled-water applications.
Pex Pipe is the most widely-used flexible plumbing piping for plumbing and radianrt floor heating applications.PEX Pipe radiant heating and cooling systems can reduce energy consumption by up to 40% overall. Delivering huge economic and performance benefits.
Pex Pipe is also used for heat transfer applications per example radiant floor heating and or cooling , snow melting , turf conditioning and perafrost protection.
Both residential and commercial industries see the same benefits of PEX Pipe, namely:
- Its flexibility and long coil lengths, dramatically reducing the need for fittings.
- Its high durability, corrosion resistance and freeze resistance for greater longevity.
- Its cost-effectiveness compared to materials like copper.
G1 Distribution’s Pex pipe, also known as Multilayer pipe, adds value to a plumbing project by dramatically reducing the per point plumbing costs. It is now a fact to plumb with Pex pipe ( Multilayer pipe ) will be far more cost effective as to plumb using copper material.
Plumbers still using copper pipe argues that copper pipe fittings is less expensive than pex pipe fittings, making a copper project less expensive. Taking all into account, GAS use , lead , flux , copper material and the TIME consuming per job, it will become clear that copper is more expensive per point than Pex pipe.
PE-X piping is manufactured from high density crossed linked polyethylene material. To conform to Australian Standard AS/NZS 2492, under license No.21274 issued by SAI-Global, the pipe is manufactured to SDR7.4 tolerance to achieve a pressure rating of PN20 by means of the PE-Xa Cross Linking Process.
The Pex Al Pex pipe that G1 Distribution offers the market has numerous uses. The most forthcoming in recent months are the 95 degrees of hot water the pipe can with stand. Boiler systems are one of the ways to supply tenant’s hot water. The most cost-effective solution is to use G1 Distributions Pex al Pex pipe for hot water needs.
G1 Distribution’s Pex al Pex pipe can withstand 95 degrees of hot water at a high operational pressure and high burst pressure. The minimizing of fittings due to the flexibility of the pipe and the lengths the pipe is manufactured in makes this Pex al Pex pipe from G1 Distribution the first choice to reticulate hot water.
G1 Distribution’s Pex al Pex pipe is used extensively for under floor heating systems. G1 Distribution pex al pex pipe is ideal for modern under floor heating projects as it ensure maximum heat transfer. With a bend memory the pipe will hold the installation pattern.
G1 Distribution is now fast becoming a preferred supplier of Pex Al Pex pipe in Southern Africa. Our Pex Al Pex pipe is manufactured according to the SANS/ISO 2001 – AENOR standard , the ANSI standard , Australian Watermark, ISO 9000. The pex pipe we supply can with stand 98 degrees of hot water at a high pressure rate. Our pricing model for pex al pex pipe is quite competitive.
With an aluminum inner core the G1 pipe is perfect for radiant floor heating purposes.
The ANOR certification G1 Distributions pipe carry guarantee extremely high quality raw material being used and manufacturing process.
The warranties offered combined extends past a period of 55 years in total on pipe and fittings.
Properly designed and installed PEX piping systems are beneficial for plumbing designers, installers, and homeowners.
PEX is the acronym for Crosslinked Polyethylene.
Crosslinked Polyethylene is a polyethylene material which has undergone a change in molecular structure using a chemical or a physical process whereby the polymer chains are chemically linked. Crosslinking of polyethylene into PEX for pipes results in improved properties such as elevated temperature strength and performance, chemical resistance, and resistance to slow crack growth.
Plumbing Advantages using composite Pex pipe for plumbing.
PEX piping performs in ways that provide superior reliability, durability, and safety.
Ease of Installation – PEX pipe uses mechanical connections eliminating the need for
solders, flames, and chemicals. Its flexible nature allows it to bend around obstructions. Use
of manifolds can speed installation and improve performance.
Corrosion Resistance – PEX piping will not pit or stress corrode.
Scaling Resistance – PEX pipe’s smooth interior walls and chemical properties make it resistant to mineral build-up.
Cost Effectiveness – PEX plumbing systems are less labor intensive and can optimize system performance.
Availability of Pipe Sizes – PEX piping is available in a wide range of diameters.
Energy Efficiency – PEX piping minimizes heat transmission through the pipe wall.
Resistance to Freeze Damage – Under most circumstances, water in the pipe can be frozen and thawed without damaging the pipe.
Water Conservation – Well designed PEX plumbing systems can reduce the wait time for
hot water to reach the fixture.
Environmentally Sound – PEX is an inert material and does not contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Other applications for PEX are:
- Radiant floor heating systems for suspended floor systems or in slab construction
- Municipal water service pipe in underground applications
- Snow and ice melt systems for sidewalks, driveways, entrances, and ramps
- Turf conditioning for greenhouses, golf courses, and sports field surfaces
- Fire suppression systems (residential fire sprinklers)
Home-run installations with central manifolds can be used to balance pressures at the outlets and minimize hot water delivery wait time, reducing wasted water and energy. Manifolds can be installed that reduce the amount of piping and fittings, speed-up installation, and balance pressures throughout the system.
G1 Distribution offers Pex plumbing pipe in 16 mm , 20 mm , 25 mm and 32 mm.
We have kilometers of pipe and thousands of fittings in stock.
We supply material to some of the major Listed developers in the market for their projects
Pex composite pipe is currently much cheaper that copper pipe used for plumbing
Energy Efficiency – PEX piping minimizes heat transmission through the pipe wall
PEX plumbing installations require fewer fittings than copper piping. The flexible pex tubing can turn 90 degree corners without the need for elbow fittings.
The rolls of 200 meters also add to value that you cut it to the length you need stopping wastage that copper has.
Obviously it is much faster that copper to install your reticulation.
PEX pipe use crimp fittings and does not require soldering, and so eliminates the health hazards involved with lead-based solder and acid fluxes.
PEX composite pipe prevents scale build-up common with copper pipe, and does not pit or corrode when exposed to acidic water.
PEX tubing has 5 layers of material and does not transfer heat and adds value in holding heat and conserves energy.
Less time is spent running pipe and installing fittings than with rigid pipe system
Installing fewer fittings reduces the chances for expensive callbacks
The use of Pex pipe provides users with many advantages over copper and other piping materials.
It has excellent flexibility, offers excellent pressure and temperature resistance. The pipe is lightweight and also has low noise and heat transmission qualities.
The Pex pipe provides very low levels of friction loss and can save users needing to upsize piping when installing long runs.
As jointing methods are mechanical it does not require the use of solvents. Nor does it require soldering, welding or brazing
The Pex composite fittings are very fast and easy to work with. Each connection takes only
a few seconds to make, meaning that plumbers can now have the best of both worlds, in a system that
is both fast and easy to install, and extremely durable and reliable.