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Uponor PEX plumbing systems for the home
With more than 40 years of service and 17 billion feet of pipe installed worldwide, Uponor PEX is a trusted solution for new-home construction. In fact, more homebuilders and contractors install PEX for plumbing than copper and CPVC combined.
Uponor PEX-a is superior to PEX-b, CPVC and copper pipe
Flexible for fewer fittings
No flame or cement
Can't be dry fit
Connections get stronger over time
What is Uponor PEX?Not all PEX is the same. Watch this video to learn about the benefits of Uponor PEX-a pipe for plumbing, radiant heating/cooling, hydronic piping and fire sprinkler systems.Browse all videosWhy is Uponor PEX-a better than PEX-b pipe?
Extruded vs. molded rings
When comparing the Uponor PEX-a plumbing system with PEX-b and F1960 systems, it is important to look at the expansion rings. Uponor ProPEX expansion rings are extruded for maximum strength and capitalize on the shape memory of PEX-a to ensure a secure connection. Molded PEX-b rings eliminate the benefits of strength and shape memory for a connection that could be compromised.
Sealing time test
The Uponor ProPEX connection method underwent third-party pressure testing on the joint as assembled at different environmental conditions. The results offered assurance to the fastest and most durable sealing times, proving the Uponor system offers the best connection method for ASTM F1960 fitting systems.
Gold Seal certification
Uponor PEX-a pipe, ProPEX rings and expansion fittings are certified to Water Quality Association (WQA) ORD 1502 protocols for freeze and thaw resistance. This ensures the system will remain strong and intact, even in the harshest winter conditions.
ASTM F1960 compliance
Uponor’s PEX-reinforcing rings and cold-expansion fittings are tested and certified to ASTM F1960. It is unknown whether all PEX-b manufacturers have been tested and listed to this industry standard for quality.
Uponor provides the most comprehensive offering of ASTM F1960 fittings in lead-free (LF) brass and engineered polymer (EP) for a holistic system from pipe to rings to fittings. Additionally, Uponor’s EP fittings are proudly made in America, while others’ fittings are manufactured in China.
Stress-crack corrosion resistance
Stress-crack corrosion is the growth of a micro-crack that can lead to unexpected sudden failure of a piping system. Due to its higher and more uniform crosslinking manufacturing method, Uponor PEX-a pipe offers greater resistance to stress-crack corrosion compared to PEX-b pipe for a stronger, more durable piping system.Safety and sustainability
A safe plumbing system
A study done by the Rochester Medical Center published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported a connection between copper and Alzheimer’s disease. With Uponor PEX meeting the NSF International certification for water purity, there is no question about the safety of the system.
Lower carbon footprint
A 2008 Life Cycle Inventory of the Production of Plastic Pipes for use in Three Piping Applications showed PEX requires less energy to produce and has an overall lower carbon footprint compared to copper.
Where to buy Uponor
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Uponor radiant floor heating systems
Uponor, formerly Wirsbo, was the first to bring PEX radiant floor heating to North America. Uponor radiant floor heating systems are an energy-efficient solution to home comfort that helps improve indoor environmental quality (IEQ). With radiant floor heating systems, warmth radiates to warm people and objects, providing the purest form of human thermal comfort from room to room.
Radiant vs. forced air
Water in a radiant heating system has the capacity to transport energy 3,500 times greater than air, using less energy than a forced-air system. The benefits include greater comfort at a lower thermostat setting and lower energy bills.
In fact, more people are comfortable with radiant floor heating at a lower thermostat setting than with forced-air heating at a higher thermostat setting.
Designed with energy efficiency in mindRadiant floor heating systems are designed in zones, so homeowners can set unique temperatures in each room for greater system efficiencies.Learn more about radiant floor heatingHow it works
Innovative solution for exceptional comfortIn radiant floor heating systems, warm water flows through flexible PEX pipes that can work under any type of floor covering. The pipes connect to a heat source, such as a boiler or hot-water heater, and pumps, manifolds and controls round out the system.
Installing radiant floor heatingFast Trak™ is an interlocking knobbed mat system for concrete and wood subfloors to quickly and easily install radiant tubing in a radiant floor heating system. Watch this video to learn the step-by-step process for installing the system, and see how fast two installers can lay down Fast Trak for a radiant floor heating system in a home’s basement.Software download
Uponor LoopCAD® radiant design software
Design professional-quality radiant systems with Uponor’s design methods and materials already loaded into the full version of LoopCAD. Best of all, Uponor offers 20% off when you purchase a full subscription. Learn more.
Uponor AquaSAFE™ residential fire sprinkler systems
Uponor AquaSAFE residential fire sprinkler systems are a life-saving upgrade to any home. Available as a multipurpose combined plumbing and fire sprinkler system or a standalone system, AquaSAFE uses the same flexible PEX piping and ProPEX® fittings that plumbers have relied on for decades.
Uponor PEX vs. CPVC sprinkler systems
No dry fitting
ICC-ES PMG listing
for safety and quality
Plumbing contractors turn to PEX for another reasonMultipurpose fire sprinkler systems are a cost-effective solution that:
- Connects with cold-water plumbing systems
- Ensures fresh water is always available
- Guards against unintentional shut-offs
- Eliminates homeowner maintenance
- Installs easily
The use of PEX piping in residential fire sprinkler systems is growingBenefits of Uponor PEX as a standalone solution for fire sprinkler systems:
- Leverages constant water flow
- Offers home protection when plumbing system is shut off
- Uses 70% fewer connections vs. rigid piping systems
- Ideal for use with Phyn Plus whole home smart leak detection system
Get trained to install AquaSAFEIn most states, a licensed plumbing contractor can install a multipurpose AquaSAFE system. Uponor offers online and job site training for professional installers.Register for AquaSAFE training
ProPEX® water service
Connect Uponor PEX directly to water service meters with the durable, reliable ProPEX® connection method builders and installers trust.Reliable plumbing system
A water service system designed to last a lifetimeUponor AquaPEX® blue pipe up to 1" and Uponor AquaPEX white pipe up to 2":
Benefits of Uponor water service
- Meet International Plumbing Code (IPC) requirements
- Include the AWWA C904 listing for water service
- Hold the highest chlorine resistance rating per ASTM F2023
- Achieve the Water Quality Association (WQA) Gold Seal certification for the greatest durability in freeze/thaw cycles
The durability and performance of an Uponor AquaPEX plumbing system• Uniform crosslinking
• Highest degree of crosslinking
• No micro-cracking
• Strong, durable ProPEX fittings
• Reliable, solid connections
Where to buy Uponor
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Smart water systems
The Phyn Plus smart water assistant + shutoff offers complete control of a home’s plumbing system and water usage.
How Phyn Plus worksUsing smart technology, Phyn Plus measures tiny changes in pressure 240 times every second to understand the unique voice of each water fixture in a home. The system can:
• Detect leaks
• Warn of potential freezing in pipes
• Monitor water use by fixture.
Key product features
Freeze and leak alerts
Real-time mobile notifications alert to potential freezing and leaking so homeowners can address the issue or even shut off the water system remotely, if necessary.
In the event of a catastrophic leak, Phyn Plus can turn off the water automatically to help mitigate water waste and property damage.
Amazon Alexa and Google HomeAmazon Alexa and Google Home integrations add to the smart home solution, providing homeowners with water consumption updates and voice command water shutoff.
Water Use Plus appOwners can receive unprecedented insights about water consumption by fixture type (showers, sinks, toilets, washing machine, dishwasher, irrigation, etc.) via the Water Use Plus app.
Intelligent conservationWith artificial intelligence, Phyn Plus learns a home’s unique water usage and alerts owners about water waste and inefficiencies.
Professional installationPhyn Plus is easily installed by professionals in the nationwide Uponor Pro Squad network. In less than 60 minutes, any home can have the most advanced technology for water monitoring available.