March 11, 2013
A very common and simple option of upgrading any kitchen is to replace its sink. Often, people resort to this measure and replace their old stainless steel sink, which, as a consequence of prolonged use has developed scratches, with a new stainless steel sink. No doubt, such replacements of an old item with a similar new item give a new look for sometime but that can hardly be termed as upgrading.
Start thinking beyond the ordinary for your kitchen sink. There are many items and points in the kitchen that tend to become its focal point, and the conversation with your guests revolves around those. Take them one by one and try making each one stand out on its merits and let it reflect your style and creative abilities.
You get copper kitchen sinks in different finishes and styles. You may have it in a smooth finish or a hammer tone finish in farmhouse style or the under mount design. As a majority of people wouldn’t have seen a copper sink earlier, they are sure to be impressed by its novel beautiful looks, and that enables you to earn the appreciation of your guests. There’s none denying the supreme wow factor linked to the sight of a copper kitchen sink.
There are a few good practical reasons to favor use of kitchen sinks that are made from copper. The most important concerns the health of your family. Copper is an inherently clean metal that has better antibacterial qualities not offered by other materials used for making kitchen sinks. Bacteria are able to survive on stainless steel for long but it can’t live long on copper surface.
New copper kitchen sinks are shiny but as the metal ages it acquires a bit of dull finish that most of the users find more fascinating than the looks of new metal. Nevertheless, it is very much possible to maintain for long the original brightness of a copper sink by using copper cleaning products or by going in for sinks that have been provided with copper finish. It’s your choice. If you like the looks of ageing copper as it gradually loses it’s shine and enthralls you, continue with that and let it look grand after a couple of years, else go for the other options already mentioned.
Quality of the kitchen sink can’t be ignored. Though most of the sinks that you buy in the U.S. or Mexico are fine, but many of the copper sinks with doubtful quality are being imported. Some of these are not made from 100% copper. It should be mentioned here that unless copper is cent percent pure, it is most likely to develop faults like rusting of the metal or discoloration of the welds.
Now, such flaws really spoil the looks of your kitchen sink. Another feature of the inferior quality of material used for making of sinks is the thickness of copper plate. If the thickness of plate is insufficient, the sink gets more prone to developing cracks and dents. Another problem realized with thinner quality of copper sinks is that they produce a different kind of a sound when water gushes thru these. It’s not a very pleasant experience.
So, now that you know qualities of a good copper kitchen sink and the characteristics of inferior metal used for making some of these sinks, wouldn’t it be worth spending a few extra dollars and buy only the variety made in the USA. Let your kitchen sink be the focus of attention for your guests and let them compliment your selection and style of a copper kitchen sink.