There is no doubt that copper sinks make a unique, standout statement in the kitchen. Sinks made of this non-ferrous metal possess an exceptional and eye-catching aesthetic, all thanks to copper’s natural reddish-orange color. Copper sinks render a bunch of distinct properties that can not be simply matched by any other sinks. Generally speaking, copper sinks fit in almost any type of kitchen and add an incomparable character to the overall architectural design of the area.
Copper Sinks Growing in Popularity
If you haven’t noticed, not a lot of homeowners go for copper sinks in the kitchen or in the bathroom simply because it is not their first choice of material for sinks. Typically, the majority opt for other materials (for the sink) like fireclay, cast iron, porcelain, and stainless steel. A guaranteed showstopper, copper sinks are slowly gaining popularity in the kitchen and bathroom due to its distinct aesthetic character which adds warmth and a one-of-kind architectural accent to any area.
Copper kitchen sinks come in different styles and sizes that can perfectly fit any type of kitchen
There are basically four kinds of copper kitchen sinks: drop-in, undermount, dual-flex rim, and farmhouse style sinks. Each differs in size, shape, and design which add up to its unique aesthetics.
Drop-in copper sinks
Drop-in copper sinks are dropped into the pre-cut hole of a countertop and its rim rests flat just on the top of the counter. This type of copper kitchen sink is compatible with all kinds of countertops, and are generally very easy to install. One con of copper drop-in kitchen sinks, however, is that dirt and food traces usually get caught in between the rim and the countertop.
Undermount copper sinks
Undermount copper sinks are installed beneath the counter, and their rims are generally not visible. Sinks of this kind are edgeless and the style offers convenient and easier cleaning, along with a more spacious area to work on. Additionally, the undermount design of the sink makes wiping water down from the countertop extra easy. Undermount copper sinks are best suited for solid countertop materials such as marble, granite, and concrete. This type of copper sink may not fit well on laminate and tile counters, as these materials tend to have too many weak points that may not be able to fully support the weight of the sink.
Dual-flex rim copper sinks
This type of copper sink features a standard undermount rim with a bit of a curve on its end. Dual-flex copper sinks also have decorative details and flexible options for installation, which can be undermount or drop-in.
Farmhouse copper sinks
Farmhouse copper sinks are traditional types of sinks that have been around since the early 1800s. Designed to be relatively deeper and bigger than the typical drop-in and undermount kitchen sinks, farmhouse sinks let its user conveniently work in front of the basin, without any cabinets or the countertop getting in their way. This design generally makes this type of kitchen sink very comfortable and easy to use. Additionally, the structure of the sink easily lets ay water flow from the sink run down straight to the floor, and larger and deeper basin makes it the perfect sink to get larger kitchenware washed and cleaned.
Copper sheets are hammered by hand to give them the desired shape and design of the sink
In making kitchen copper sinks, the non-ferrous metal is collected and then melted under extremely high temperatures. After it has completely melted, the metal is then poured into molds that will give it a flat and even shape of a sheet. It will be then given some time to cool down. Once completely cooled, the copper sheets are hammered by hand to give them the desired shape and design of the sink. Generally, this is a very tedious process that lasts several hours, all depending on the size, type, design, and details of the sink. After the sink is formed, it will be then treated with patina, a thin layer of oxide, as its final finish. Patina, in the long run, will give the copper sink the ability to change its color over time. Typically, the process of applying patina onto the entire sink take several days, even up to a few weeks, to complete.
Kitchen copper sinks are naturally very durable and can last many, many years
One of the biggest pros of choosing copper for the material of the kitchen sink is its remarkable durability. While many people believe that copper sinks are likely not to last long, it is nothing but a false assumption. The problem with other types of metals is that they mostly negatively react to certain elements once exposed to them. For copper, it is an entirely different case. Not only is this type of metal heavy-duty, being exposed to different elements may have beneficial effects for this type of sink. Copper, in general, naturally reacts to moisture and different temperatures by developing a thin film of oxide on its surface. This thin film is called the patina. Over time, this film can develop various colors that don’t just give the sink a more rustic look, but also adds more value. Essentially, the patina also acts as a protective layer for the copper which can keep it safe from corrosion.
Kitchen copper sinks are naturally antimicrobial and are generally easy to maintain
When it comes to sanitary properties, copper sinks make an excellent fit. Basically, this metal has a natural antimicrobial property, thanks to its non-porous characteristics that prevent the bacteria from penetrating into the surface of the sink. Essentially, this unique property of copper sinks make them very sanitary and also easy to maintain.
And speaking of maintenance, copper sinks are not really difficult to maintain and are generally less susceptible to staining. Cleaning the surface of the sink will only require mild soap and water, and rigorous, deep cleaning is not usually needed, as abrasive cleaners can harm and cause damage to the copper.
Kitchen copper sinks are an artisan work of art and add real estate value to a home
Kitchen copper sinks are hammered by hand until they achieve the designed formed which makes this specific type of sink an artisan work of art. This factor alone adds up to the real estate value of the home, boosting its resale value up a couple of notches. Additionally, sinks made of copper have relatively higher costs compared to sinks made of different materials, which keeps its resale value within a competitive range.