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The Pros and Cons of Copper Sinks

Wesley Ward - 2/23/18 9:00 AM

Looking for a way to add rustic charm to your kitchen or bathroom renovation?

Thanks to their high durability and elegance, copper sinks are becoming a favorite among savvy home renovators interested in a gorgeous, unique and eco-friendly solution.

In this post, we’ll explore the pros and cons of copper sinks to help you decide whether a copper sink is the right fit for your home.

Singing the Praises of Copper Sinks

Marrying functionality with one of nature’s most stunning (and timeless) metals, a copper sink can make for an exquisite kitchen or bathroom centerpiece. Copper sinks fortified with zinc are durable and eco-friendly to boot - buyers have the option to opt for recycled copper, making it a smart investment for a home designed around sustainable living.

Because they are so durable and offer resistance to rust and corrosion, copper sinks boast an incredibly long lifespan. Copper’s antibacterial characteristics may also increase your kitchen’s cleanliness; killing germs and decreasing unpleasant odors.

Over time, the copper will naturally develop a unique patina which can add extra personality to your kitchen. As a plus, the more you use your copper sink, the faster it will self-heal and re-patina!

If you’re interested in getting the absolute best, long-term use out of your sink, you can even opt for a finish that will conceal damage or scratches, helping your sink offer beautiful utility for many generations.

Some Realistic Downsides

Due to their unique properties, copper sinks may require more specialized maintenance than sinks made from other  materials. For example, copper sinks tend to be sensitive to heat and harsh cleaning agents. They require frequent, simple cleaning with water and gentle soap to keep the antibacterial finish intact.

Certain finishes may be especially vulnerable to denting or scratching. If you prefer the look of smooth, gleaming copper over rustic patina, you will need to regularly wax the sink to preserve its shine.

Finally, while a copper sink provides a remarkable long-term investment, it is not the most cost-friendly sink material on the market. If cost is your primary concern, you may prefer a stainless steel or enameled cast iron sink.

Does your bathroom or kitchen feature a copper sink? Let us know what you think about it in the comments.

Topics: Kitchen- Bathroom- Decision Guide- Sink

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