Zinc Note From the Owner
ZINC NOTE FROM THE OWNER ON THE CHARACTERISTICS OF ZINC COUNTERTOPS
Zinc is a very popular material used by top members of the architectural and design trades in both commercial and residential applications.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Zinc is a safe, healthy, and a "practically indestructible" metal that is meant to last generations.
Zinc is among the few light colored metals that connote an "old-world" charm. Zinc portrays a warmer tone than stainless steel.
Zinc is best shown having a slightly distressed or antiqued surface, rather than as a pristine metal.
It is meant to change and acquire a patina or pattern of use.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT ZINC:
Zinc behaves similarly to copper, pewter, and bronze. If left alone, zinc will naturally begin to acquire a patina. In this case, it will be a hazy gray color.
When combined with foods or other household materials, zinc may acquire a pattern of use that includes light and dark areas, and ring-shapes. If left untreated, these marks will form a 'pattern of use patina' as they begin to merge. This patina represents the old-world charm of zinc when seen in its historical applications.
It is important to understand zinc’s reactions and behaviors to be able to fully appreciate the opportunities in zinc.
To make sure that zinc is the correct material for you we recommend testing out the material by ordering samples for you to work with before placing your order.
While zinc is a tough, durable metal, it can be scratched by coarse materials or from heavy daily use. Please refer to our care and maintenance guide on how to treat minor scratches if you feel the top needs dressing up.
Solid uncoated metals like zinc do not actually stain. Most discolorations left on the surface are only molecules-deep and can be scrubbed out to start fresh if you do not like how the finish is aging. Please see our care instructions for how to maintain the finish or how to restore it to a matte finish.
I sincerely hope you enjoy zinc in your home or in your restaurant as much as our clients have over the last ten years.
Thank you for your business.