Copper FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Copper FAQ

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.

Where Can Copper be Used?

Copper is a great option for kitchen countertops, backsplashes, and range hoods.

What are the Finish Options?

Copper is available in a mirror-polish or a matte finish. We can also add a patina to your countertop, cutting out the time it will take to create an antiqued look. For backsplashes, quilted patterns are commonly requested.

How Thick can a Copper Countertop be?

We use a 14-gauge sheet (approximately 1/16" thick). The sheets are bonded to a solid, waterproof, MDF and the front edge can be built up to any desired thickness. 1-½” is standard.

How do I Clean a Copper Countertop?

We recommend “Stainless Steel Magic,” Noxon, or Windex for day-to-day cleaning.

How will the Patina Change Over Time?

Your Copper countertop is not protected or coated with lacquer, it has a “living finish” and will be affected by various elements that will either remove or add to your patina. Acidic items such as lemon juice and metal polish may remove patina while many other items will add to it. Copper is a reactive metal so the patina will change and develop over time.

Will a Copper Countertop Stain or Rust?

No, a Copper Countertop will not rust or stain. Copper is a reactive metal so you can expect the patina to change and develop over time.

Can I Cut on a Copper Countertop?

If you wish to minimize scratch marks and preserve your knife blades, use a cutting board for chopping.

Can I Put Hot Pots on a Copper Countertop?

Boiling water is no problem but always use a hot plate or trivet when transferring items from an oven to a countertop.

Can a Sink be Built into the Countertop?

We can fabricate a custom integral sink (rectangular or square) and weld it in as a seamless part of any top. We can also under-mount or cut-in any sink that you provide. Holes for faucets and accessories such as hot water inserts and soap dispensers are available.

What Type of Warranty do You Offer?

Our Copper countertops come with a full one-year warranty.

  • Brooks Custom will repair or replace, at our option, any faulty product deemed to have been caused by manufacturing defects.
  • Items must be returned to this location if not installed by us.
  • Incidental work or adjacent materials are not included in warranty coverage.
  • All shipped copper countertops must be removed from their crates within 30 days of delivery. Any claims for shipping damage must be made within that time.
  • Sales are final on all finished countertops and products that are left in our showroom for over 90 days.

How Long Will It Take to get my Copper Countertop?

Typically it takes 4-6 weeks to fabricate your Copper countertop, from the time we receive approved shop drawings from you.

How can I get pricing?

Please email or fax us a plan drawing of your project. Include measurements and any details you may have. We usually have our quotes out within 1 business day.

If you have any other questions not covered in the copper FAQ, please email; we are happy to help you with any questions you may have.