First things first. Copper sinks can be the lowest maintenance sinks on the market. They can also be the highest maintenance sinks on the market. It all depends on the manufacturer of the sink. The vast majority of copper sinks on the market require drying after each use and regular waxing. Some require no special maintenance. Make sure you ask questions. We do not recommend any brands of copper sinks so that we maintain objectivity Therefore, you should search for low maintenance copper sinks - best yet find those that are made in the USA. Read the use and care statements. Ask where the sink is manufactured. Ask where the copper comes from. Read the warranty.
If you have heard that copper sinks are difficult to care for, it all depends on who's sink it was. If you do enough research, you will find a copper sink can be a joy to live with. Easy maintenance, no worries, just beauty and function!
There is so much missing and misinformation about copper sinks on the internet that we suggest you do as much research as possible before making an investment decision. This web site should be just one of several you should use in making an educated decision. The more you read, the better off you will be. The two most important things to check are: Warranty and Use & Care.Read more...
Will my copper sink dent easily?
That all depends on the thickness and the type of copper. Thinner or softer material will dent easily. The type of copper is just as important as the thickness. Annealed copper (which can be pure copper) is soft and can dent easily. Cold rolled copper is very hard and is very difficult to dent. Better quality klitchen sinks will be a gauge of 14. The best will use cold rolled copper. Lavatory sinks do not have to be as thick a guage as kitchen sinks. They do not get the wear and tear of a kitchen sink.
I have seen nickel plated copper sinks. How well do they hold up?
There is no plating available that will last for many years on a copper sink. Normal use will cause the plating to rub off in high use areas. Our best assessment is that there is no nickel plated copper sink with a warranty longer than a year. In our opinion, this is a type of sink to stay away from. Plating on copper is not very strong.Read more ...
Recent laboratory research performed under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-approved protocols demonstrated that copper surfaces kill more than 99.9% of several bacteria known to be human pathogens within two hours. Tests were conducted at room temperature and under normal humidity conditions. The organisms tested were:
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
There is nothing worse than making an investment in a copper sink that is semi-permanent and is found to be disappointing in quality. Your kitchen sink is going to be the most used appliance in the kitchen. Investing in a copper sink requires diligent research. Start with the ease of contacting the company. Companies that have few problems have no issue with putting their phone number within one click from any page. Look at the design of the sink. Does it suit your needs? Are you counting on a sink fitting an existing cabinet? Most imports indicate the sink dimensions can vary up wto 1/2". Secondly, look for clues of hidden information. Does the website make you hunt to find out where the sink is actually manufactured?
Is the warranty clearly stated? What are the use and care requirements? What types of items can and cannot be used in the sink? Each manufacturer generally outlines these instructions - however they may be well hidden.
Thirdly, Do a Google and Yahoo search using the company name followed by the word "complaints".
Last but not least, call the company and speak to a representative. Is the representative knowledgeable? Were you put on endless hold? You should feel comfortable with all aspects of the company you will be dealing with.
1)Do your homework. Make sure you know how the interior of the sink is finished. Is the interior lacquered? Is it an unnatural finish? These are things to stay away from if you are looking for a low maintenance copper sink.
2)Get it in writing. If you are told something that you do not see in writing online or in a store, get that information in writing. Often we find that salespeople are not very educated about copper sinks. Your copper sink is likely going to be permanently installed in your kitchen. It is truly worth the time to make sure of things ahead of time.
3)Search online. If you find a company you like, do a search online trying to find complaints. Often that type of search will render some interesting information. Also look on Houzz.com and look for the company reviews. You want a well established company with a lot of positive reviews.