Copper is a surprise choice for kitchen countertop material. However, its warmth and exuberance are making it quite popular in the remodeling industry. KBR Kitchen and Bath presents the advantages and disadvantages of using copper.
The biggest advantage of using copper is its ease of maintenance. The material is extremely easy to clean. All you need is some salt and lemon juice to remove pesky stains. You can also use warm water and dish washing soap for the same result. It is advisable to wax the countertop material occasionally to enhance its look.
Copper also possesses antimicrobial activity. Thus, it is effective in resisting germs and bacteria. Furthermore, most of the copper used in countertops comes from scraps. This means that it is recyclable and can help further the sustainable living movement. It is a good strategy in environmental conservation.
Some homeowners go with copper countertops because of their mellow patinas. These patinas develop over the course of time. Copper oxidizes and react with nearly everything it comes across. This makes the material tarnish and become dull. The result is a beautiful blend of greens and reds. This mixture of colors brings out the richness and character of the material.
However, the material comes with some major disadvantages. For instance, copper is a soft material leaving it highly susceptible to dents and scratches. If the dents constantly bother you, then go for a hammered finish on the countertop. This will help hide the dents and the scratches.
Another disadvantage of copper as a countertop material is that it is expensive. It takes true professionals to mold the copper into a countertop. The average cost of installing a copper countertop is $100 and upwards per square foot. Add that to the cost of labor, and your remodeling budget begins to balloon.