Copper Construction Details
About Copper Countertops
- Made with 14-gauge sheets (approximately 1/16” thick).
- Edges are available in any thickness but 1 ½” is standard.
- The proper filler material for welding is copper (not silver or lead alloy solder).
- Copper is bonded to solid, waterproof MDF, equal in height to the front edge thickness.
- Any length or layout can be produced. Non-welded butt seams may be required for very long or very wide work.
- For very large tops, a mechanical, interlocked, silicone sealed field joint is provided. No welding is done on site.
- Copper is a reactive metal. It will oxidize and change with daily use.
What does it look like?
- Copper is a classic, rustic material best known for its durability and anti-bacterial properties.
- Reddish-brown in appearance, matte copper will develop a patina similar to brick in color. Professionally patinated copper will be darker and will appear more uniform in color than copper given the opportunity to develop its patina naturally.
- Both matte and patinated copper has a "living finish" and will continue to evolve through the lifetime of the countertop.
What can I expect?
- Over time, your countertop will acquire a unique “pattern of use.” Areas used most frequently will appear lighter and smoother than areas that are used less frequently, which will appear darker.
- Copper countertops are not and are not meant to represent a monolithic surface; slight imperfections in the countertop surface are normal and to be expected.
- An artisanal metal, copper countertops may show slight scratches, pinholes, and soldering marks that add to its country charm.
- Hammered copper will have a wavy, undulated surface and will not be machine flat.
- This level of charm makes each and every copper countertop unique, and no two will look exactly alike.
- Depending on the size and shape of your countertop, a non-welded butt seam may be required.
- Very large tops may require a mechanical, silicone-sealed field joint. No on-site welding is necessary.
If you have any questions about copper construction, send your inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to look over your questions and help you understand this artisanal material.