FAQ Zinc Countertops
What does it look like?
- Zinc is a reactive metal that will develop a patina and change over time.
- Matte zinc has a distinctive blue-gray hue and will develop a darker gray patina over time.
- Professionally patinated zinc will be darker, and more uniform than zinc that is given the opportunity to develop its patina naturally.
- Both matte and patinated zinc have a "living finish" and will continue to evolve throughout the lifetime of the countertop.
What can I expect?
- Zinc is food safe and even anti-bacterial, making it a great material for food preparation surfaces.
- Zinc countertops are not and are not meant to represent an unchanging, monolithic surface.
- Slight scratches, pinholes, and soldering marks can be expected on your zinc; these slight imperfections are what create the European, rustic charm of this country metal.
- Hammered zinc will have a wavy, undulated surface and will not be machine flat.
- Over time, your countertop will develop a unique "pattern of use." Areas of frequent use and cleaning will appear lighter and smoother, while areas that are used less often will look darker.
- Depending on the size and shape of your countertop, a non-welded butt seam may be required for construction.
- Very large tops may require a mechanical, silicone-sealed field joint. No on-site welding is necessary.
- While it is a durable material, zinc may be scratched by heavy daily use.
Where Can Zinc be Used?
Zinc product can be used throughout the kitchen and bathroom and is a great material for kitchen counters, wet bars, backsplashes, and range hoods.
What are the Finish Options?
Zinc 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, as are hammered and textured finishes.
How Thick can a Zinc Countertop be?
Zinc countertops are constructed by wrapping 14 gauge metal (1/16”) around a solid core of waterproof MDF. Finished edges can be built-up to any height, 1-½” is standard.
How do I Clean a Zinc Countertop?
Windex is great for daily cleaning. Marks and minor scratches can be buffed with a Scotch Brite pad.
How will the Patina Change Over Time?
Your Zinc countertop is constructed of raw metal and is not protected or coated with lacquer. It has a "living finish" that will be affected by certain elements and household items that will either remove or add to the patina. Acidic items such as lemon juice and metal polish may remove patina while many other items will add to it. Zinc is an evolving and reactive metal so the patina will change and develop over time.
Will a Zinc Countertop Stain or Rust?
No, a Zinc Countertop will not rust or stain. Zinc is a reactive metal so you can expect the patina to change and develop over time. You may encounter rings or spots, which are usually scrubbed out easily with a Scotch Brite pad.
Can I Cut on a Zinc Countertop?
Cutting on a zinc countertop is not recommended. 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 Zinc Countertop?
We recommend that you always use a hot plate or trivet when transferring items from an oven to a countertop.
Can a Sink be Built into the Countertop?
Absolutely! We can fabricate a custom integral sink (rectangular, square, or round) 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 Zinc 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 zinc 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 products left in our showroom for over 90 days.
How Long Will it Take to get my Zinc Countertop?
Typically it takes 4-6 weeks to fabricate your Zinc countertop, from the time we receive your approved shop drawings.
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 1-2 business days. Contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by Fax at 914-244-9210.