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Copper Kitchen Sinks

Updated on March 6, 2011

If you are designing a new kitchen for your home you may like to consider the possibilities of introducing a different type of material into the workspace. Copper kitchen sinks may seem old fashioned but they can give a stylist touch to your kitchen whether it is modern or traditional.

Copper kitchen sinks are made from one of the oldest metals available today. You will find that the majority of these types of sinks are produced in America, Mexico and in India.

There are basically two sorts of styles available to choose from. If you want a real traditional looking sink you could consider those manufactured in Mexico. These so called “hand hammered” sinks are as the name suggests, created by using hammering tools to end and mould the copper into shape. This gives a real rustic look to the finished product. If you prefer a smoother less rustic feel you should opt for those made in America.

Copper kitchen sink
Copper kitchen sink

How To Choose A Good Copper Sink

Once you start your research into buying a copper sink, you will find that there can be a real difference in the prices. Some will seem really cheap while others will look almost identical but be 2 or 3 times more expensive.

This will be due to the quality of the materials used in the construction as well as the style you opt for. Think about whether you like the look of undermount copper kitchen sinks or the more traditional copper farmhouse sinks also known as copper apron sinks.

A hammered copper sink
A hammered copper sink
Undermount copper kitchen sink
Undermount copper kitchen sink

The details that you need to know when looking at sinks is to find out:

  • How has the sink been constructed?
  • What is the thickness of the copper?
  • The reputation of the company selling the sinks

How Has The Sink Been Constructed?

It is important to know if the sink has been created from a single sheet of copper or made from an amalgamation. Look at how the edges have been finished, whether the product is a hand hammered copper sink or not.

Copper apron sink
Copper apron sink
Copper farmhouse sink
Copper farmhouse sink

What Is The Thickness Of The Copper?

The thickness of the copper will determine the quality as well as the cost. The thickness measurement is called the gauge. The higher the gauge number, the thinner the copper will be. Bathroom sinks, for example, are made with a copper gauge ranging from 16 (the thinnest) to 20 (the thickest).

Copper kitchen sinks can range from a gauge of 14 to 18. The important thing to note is that the higher the gauge the better the quality and the more expensive the sink will be. The thicker copper will result in a more heavyweight sink which can be preferable to the tinny sound you can get with the lighter gauge sinks.

Find out more about things you need to consider when looking at copper kitchen sinks.


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    Victoria Virgo 8 years ago from London, UK

    @Gypsy Willow - the best way to clean copper sinks is to use simple soap and water. Stay away for commercial products as they tend to be abrasive. A couple of times per year buff up the sink will a waxing agent or good quality olive oil. You will be left will a perfect sink for years to come.

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    Gypsy Willow 8 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

    Pretty but what about cleaning it?