Choosing a Copper Counter Top for Your Home
One of the hottest trends these days is to have a metal countertop in the living room, or the lounge, for instance, but most popularly in the kitchen. Copper countertops are becoming very famous these days to the point that even those who can’t afford it make their existing metal counter top to look like copper; brushed metal nowadays can be polished and re-toned to copper color, so that they look like the real ones.
Basically just like any other type of countertop, this copper countertop also has two most basic constructing options: you can choose to have a professional do it for you, or you can buy the metal pieces and build it yourself. There are many do-it-yourself guides found online which can assist you from the beginning till the end of the project.
Doing it Yourself
You would basically require some necessary tools such as saber saw, drill and bit, block planes, belt sander, C-clamps, safety glasses for yourself, rubber mallet, hammer, level, 10-12 point fine-toothed handsaw, masking tapes, scriber compass, wrench, screwdriver, sandpaper and many more.
But the copper countertop self-fixing job is not as easy as it may sound. The fixing process is the same as you fix any other metal countertops which you can buy the different parts from the counter top shops, and the finishing process would be almost the same as well.
The Difference Between Copper and Other Metals Used
A copper countertop naturally brings the character and warmth to the place it is fixed to. Most of the times, a simple copper countertop would be the best choice for the kitchen if you decide on to put a metal countertop. Though this is not so famous, there are still many people who go for this, especially those who want to try the alternative options than typical steel or aluminum countertops.
Copper is naturally softer than steel, so when you are building a copper countertop, you have to make sure that the copper used it thick and strong, so that it would be very strong and durable by nature, for example the copper should be at least 0.060 to 0.080 thick.
The copper countertop can also be more sensitive compared to the other types of metal counter tops, because copper by nature is prone to changes, especially the known feature of the shiny copper turning into a charcoal brown as it ages. And also, copper is prone to scratches as well. This is why most of the copper countertop dealers always sell sealants together with the metal pieces so that the counter top can be finished with it.