Aesthetic And Elegant Kitchen Copper Countertops
Granite, marble, and other high-end materials can be used for countertops, but a homeowner or builder should expect to pay a high price for them. For an attractive aesthetic and a high-quality surface, copper countertops can be a great choice. One major reason to install a copper countertop is to benefit from copper’s antimicrobial properties. In early 2008, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officially registered five copper-containing alloy products and allowed the companies marketing products containing these alloys to make the claim that they “kill 99.9% of bacteria within two hours.” A copper countertop can be cleaned easily with soap and water, with no special cleaning materials required. Most copper countertops are made from a thin layer of copper laid over a wooden frame.
Copper countertops weigh just a fraction as much as granite, and are fairly easy for DIY homeowners to install. The cabinets in the kitchen must be measured carefully to ensure that the right size countertop is ordered. Once the countertop is complete, it is simply set in place on top of the cabinets and secured with screws. Screws should be installed from underneath so that they pass through the wood base under the copper, but do not penetrate the actual copper countertop.