Stainless Steel and Copper Countertops

Article : Stainless Steel and Copper Countertops

Copper Kitchen Countertops

When we think of kitchen countertops we usually picture granite, ceramic or plastic laminate. Very seldom does a metal kitchen countertop enter our mind; and even if it does, the words “stainless steel” usually follows. But, what do you think of a copper kitchen countertop? Just the name of it sounds “elegant”.

Copper kitchen countertops are on the expensive side. They are roughly about $ 150 per square foot. Copper is softer then stainless steel, but much more attractive; bringing warmth to the whole kitchen. However, this quality of softness means that a countertop will also be susceptible to scratching and denting. It is, therefore, always advisable to select a thicker copper, about .080 when purchasing a countertop. This added thickness will make your copper kitchen countertop much stronger and more durable. The countertops will definitely change colors as they age and are exposed to the atmosphere. We can liken this occurrence to the copper cooking pans on the market. They are forever trying to darken. In order to stop this from occurring, a sealant will have to be applied to the copper.

Let us now examine the positive side of copper kitchen countertops. Stainless steel is often associated with hospital settings. However, copper has a glow that automatically imparts a feeling of warmth. In addition to the natural color of copper, some of the manufacturers are able to incorporate different color tones and even swirl patterns into the copper through the application of heat and chemicals. Copper, if left unsealed, will always form a patina; a thin greenish layer. Copper is a naturally hygienic surface on which to prepare food. Cleaning up is also a breeze; simply wash with soap and water.

Copper kitchen countertops do require a little routine maintenance. However, the beauty and sophistication that they add to your home is well worth it.

John is the author of Flat Fee MLS articles for Flat Fee Listing. You can find more information at Flat Fee MLS Listing.

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