These days we are spoilt with choice with quality brands and quality products. Just don’t make the mistake in thinking a similar looking product is the real deal as generally it isn’t. The question is always the same, what is the cost to you, your customer to replace a faulty product that has cut corners in order to sell itself.

While we are the first to be open to innovative products, brands its important that your lively hood and your customers assets are looked after. Below presents four product options currently seen on the NZ market and the value each of these types of products bring to the market.

Poly Pipe Systems
Buteline is one of the two quality brands seen in the NZ market, and as a company has been designing and manufacturing their time-proven Polybutene-1 (PB-1) plumbing system locally for over 30 years. PB-1 generally has better expansion/contraction compared to PEX systems, which minimizes the stress to fitting connections, and eliminates water hammer. The Buteline Plumbing System is also a better choice where freezing conditions are possible as the expansion of frozen water can be better absorbed.

Plumbing systems made primarily of brass and copper often face concerns of heavy metals leaching into the water and are at times unsuited for certain regional water conditions.

PEX / PEX-AL Plumbing Pipe & Fittings
PEX/AL/PEX & PEX  (or crosslinked polyethylene) is a water supply piping system that has several advantages over metal, rigid plastic pipe and other piping materials. It is flexible, resistant to scale and chlorine, doesn’t corrode, is quick to install and has a wide variety of connections and fittings.
PEX tubing is made from crosslinked HDPE (high density polyethylene) polymer. The HDPE is melted and continuously extruded into tube. Crosslinking of the HDPE can be accomplished by one of three different methods.
PEX-Al-PEX (or PEX-Aluminum-PEX – referred to as MLP) is a specialty PEX tubing that has a layer of aluminum embedded between layers of PEX to provide an oxygen barrier. PEX-Al-PEX will retain shape when bent, and may also exhibit less expansion and shrinkage during temperature fluctuations.
PEX plumbing systems has been in use in Europe since about 1970, and used in the NZ market for over 20 years.

PPR Pipe Systems
Innovative PP-R materials which meet the requirement of a global market in the potable water and heating technology, in the air-conditioning and chilling engineering, in the industrial and agriculture economy, in ship building as well as in fire protection.
Special heat and extraction stability are only two of the features of this material. Its physical and chemical properties are well suited to the transfer of potable water and to the heating field. Above all, the good welding properties and fusion, resulting in a permanent connection, have made PPR systems a likeable choice

Copper Press-Fit
Since its release to market, the speed and safety benefits of Copper Press-Fit over traditional copper brazed fittings have been increasingly recognised across the plumbing industry with more and more plumbers adopting Press-Fit technologies to maintain a competitive advantage

The advantages of Copper Press-Fit over brazed fittings is the reduction in the labour however through the comparison of total resource cost and time, the study has highlighted some positive implications on opportunity costs for your business.

For more information on the KemPress® Copper Press-Fit system visit www.kembla.com.au

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