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pros and cons of using a copper sink

Copper sinks are a great option for home owners who are looking to add some flair and style to their bathroom and kitchen . The pros of copper sinks include their light weight, which makes them easy to move around or install in houses with a small bathroom or kitchen. Copper also has anti-bacterial and anti microbial properties that will help to prevent bacteria and microbes from growing on the surface of the sink.

Flamed Undermounted Copper Sink

The installation of a copper sink is not as complicated as the other types of sinks. Copper sinks come in different finishes, designs and sizes so it can be customized to fit the needs of each individual kitchen or bathroom. Copper sinks can be recycled compared to other sinks made of other materials.

Rustic Green Tree Leaf Copper Sink

The cons of copper sinks are that they are costly than other types of metal sinks, so it is difficult for some people to justify the cost when considering all the other expenses that come with home ownership and renewal projects. Also, handcrafted copper sinks are more expensive than machine copper sinks. Copper is also prone to scratching, which means homeowners will have to take extra care not only when they clean their sink but also during regular use.

Shiny Pan Copper Sink

Other downside of shiny copper sinks is that they require more maintenance than other sink materials. This is because they need to be polished with care every few months in order to avoid tarnishing or oxidation. Rustic copper sinks needs to be sealed with varnish to keep patina for longer time. Many copper sinks are handcrafted by skilled artisans. They take more time during hand making versus other machine made sinks. Due to hand crafting, not 2 sinks are %100 alike versus machine made sinks

Benefits of a Copper Sink

Hand Hammered Bucket Copper Sink

Ancient Egyptians realized the antimicrobial properties of copper long before the concept of microbes became understood in the 19th century. Copper and its alloys, such as brass, bronze and copper-nickel, are antimicrobial, which kills harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, microbes and germs.

There are endless options in shapes, designs and finishes for copper sinks. Most hand Copper sinks are one of a kind. Each sink will have its own unique characteristics – not two sinks are identical in color, size, or design variations. Due to the Artisan Crafted nature of copper sinks, which may result in some unique differences in dimensions and finish, not 2 sinks are a like. These sinks can last a lifetime. In fact, some antique copper sinks are still in use that were crafted a century ago.

Copper sinks come in many finishes: Natural, antique brown patina, antique dark patina, verdigris and traditional shiny polished. The finish of a natural copper sink is naturally reddish in color and will vary from one sink to another. The sink may present dark spots or streaks due to the nature of the copper itself and the final look of the sink depends on the copper sheet it is made from. The color of the copper will gradually change with time, and it will take on a warm medium patina as it ages.

Some finishes such as the verdigris are achieved by accelerating the aging process which results in a distinctive green blue turquoise rustic patina color. Fire burnt patina is achieved by burning the copper using regular fire torch to show natural copper rainbow colors hues. Mechanical or chemical process polish the copper to its original bare unfinished shiny look.

The best way to clean a copper sink is with regular soap and water. A mild detergent liquid dish washing soap and warm water can be used.  Abrasive cleaners that may scratch or dull the surface to be avoided. Wipe clean and rinse completely with water immediately. Water spots to be dried after using a soft cloth. Wax application will help maintain the luster of the sink. Copper is not particularly heat-resistant, and may also be damaged by acidic food and drinks such as orange juice. In addition, smooth copper sinks are more susceptible to showing scratches or dents over time.

Copper sinks has the flexibility to choose drain holes locations . Most copper bathroom sinks center the drain in the middle, while copper kitchen sinks have an offset design that allows you to put dishes or glass on one side while scrubbing up over the drain.

copper is recyclable, used over and over again and is easy to be modified. Good quality high conductivity copper can be recycled by simple melting either to finished shape or for subsequent fabrication. Where scrap has been contaminated beyond acceptable limits it is necessary to refine it back to pure copper using conventional secondary metal refining techniques that provide a useful supplement to supplies of primary copper.

While a copper sink has many advantages, it has a high reactivity and cost more than stainless steel, porcelain, or ceramic sinks.

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