Zinc Construction Details
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 a monolithic surface.
- Slight scratches, pinhole, and soldering marks can be expected on your zinc countertop; 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.
- Made with 14-gauge sheets (approximately 1/16" thick).
- Front edges are available in any thickness but 1 ½" is standard.
- The filler material we use for welding is Zinc or special Non Lead Solder.
- Zinc sheet is bonded to solid waterproof MDF. It is equal in height to the front edge thickness.
- Any length or layout may be produced. Non-welded butt seams may be required.
- The long-term look is distinctly "Old World Charm" in nature, as these Counters will acquire a Patina or “Living Finish” that changes with time.
- Zinc is a reactive metal and will acquire a pattern of use.
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