Originally Posted by rwidman
Well don't buy a new home then. PEX is pretty standard in new home construction. It's pretty common and reliable in boats as well.
We have PEX in the house and have had no problems. Certainly PEX has less connections which minimizes possibilities of leaks. The big issue, besides ease of installation, is PEX's ability to tolerate some freezing without bursting. We have a very cold winter, worse I can remember having in the years I have lived in NC, and people were having burst pipes. The houses I knew of were bursting pipes over the unheated garage or exterior walls.
Our water supply froze a bit with the temps went to 6 degrees. The water supply enters the house from the well via an exterior wall. Thankfully, nothing burst, and the ice melted quickly. Ended up buying a little portable heater to sit near the wall to keep the wall warm. Looks like this winter is going to be cold again...