PEX Tubing is quickly gaining in popularity in the plumbing industry. It can be used for several purposes including water distribution and radiant heating. Unlike the other types of pipes in use nowadays, PEX is flexible and very easy to work with. In order to connect to PEX tubing, you will need fittings that are made just for that.
Choose the fitting type based on the kind of PEX tubing being used. Here are the different types of PEX fittings on the market:
- Crimp – Compatible with PEX-A / PEX-B / PEX-C.
Connection methods: Crimp Style (Copper Crimp Rings & Crimp Tool) or Clamp/Cinch Method (Stainless Steel PEX Cinch Clamps and Clamp Tool)
- Push – Compatible with PEX-A / PEX B / PEX-C
Connection method: No special tools needed.
- Expansion - Compatible with PEX-A.
Connection method: PEX Expansion Method (Expander Toolkit)
- Press - Compatible with all types of PEX tubing.
Connection method: Must use Viega Press Tools and Steel Sleeves.
- Compression - PEX-AL-PEX.
Connection methods: No special tools needed.
Another important factor to consider is the material:
Poly (Poly Alloy):
After you've decided which type and material is right for your, consider the application. There's a variety of different types of fitting, such as:
Connects 3 pipes to each other in a T-shape; Can connect PEX to PEX, PEX to Threaded or PEX to Sweat.
Connects 2 PEX pipes in a straight line.
Terminates one of a PEX pipe permanently or temporarily
Adapter: There are a few different types.
Elbows: There are a few different types.
Before purchasing the fitting, always remember to check:
Head over to our PEX Fittings page and find every type of PEX fitting for your plumbing system.