Product Spotlight - March 2022

Product Spotlight - March 2022

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Not all ball valves are created equal. Especially in PEX piping systems, the type of valve the plumber installs can impact system quality and performance long-term. Newly redesigned ProPEX ASTM F1960 lead-free brass ball valves from Uponor offer improved performance at a more competitive price point, giving projects a lifetime of trusted reliability, according to Brett Boyum, vice president of marketing and offerings at Uponor.

“Uponor is committed to providing customers with products they can trust,” says Boyum. “These newly redesigned ball valves deliver on quality and reliability while providing greater value to help customers meet the performance and budget demands of today’s residential and commercial projects.”

The residential and commercial offerings provide superior quality and performance at a competitive cost. Manufactured from premium, lead-free, dezincification-resistant brass, these full-port ball valves feature positive tube stops that ensure installers insert the valve into the pipe far enough without overextension. The valves all feature a blowout-proof stem design to ensure a lifetime of trusted reliability. In addition, the ASTM F1960 connection method offers a solid, strong seal without the need for glues, torches or fire watch, providing greater safety and cost savings on job sites.

The residential valves are available in sizes from 1/2 to 1 inch and feature a chrome-plated ball along with a stop and drain (waste) option.

“The residential valves feature a chrome-plated ball for performance and longevity,” says Brian Bollenbeck, portfolio manager, marketing for Uponor USA. “Their positive tube stops can be seen at both ProPEX ends and will ensure a proper connection every time.”

The commercial valves are available in sizes from 1/2 to 2 inches and feature a stainless steel ball and stem along with stem extension kits to accommodate insulation thicknesses up to 2 inches.

“The commercial version of these valves come with a stainless steel ball to ensure they meet all commercial job specifications,” says Bollenbeck. “That they can accommodate up to 2 inches of insulation makes them that much more versatile and efficient.”

Both ProPEX ball valve offerings meet IPC, UPC, and IRC building codes in addition to being listed to NSF 14, 61, 359 and 372 for residential and commercial construction. 800-321-4739;


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