Installing copper sinks is a popular trend in homes everywhere. They add an character and earthy undertones to your house while providing suprising health benefits for your family.
The first simple is that it is a lot less work to maintain. Other materials can accumulate grime over a short period of time that require constant cleaning to appear attractive. However, copper is not as vulnerable to these. Copper has antimicrobial properties that prevent bacteria and germs from harboring on the surface for long. This means that harsh chemicals are not required to clean coppers sinks - all that is needed is some soapy water and a sponge.
And, of course, copper sinks are very beautiful and add a pleasing touch to any kitchen or bathroom. Another advantage is that the overwhelming amount of styles, colors and textures that copper sinks can can come in are unmatched by other materials.
Copper vs. Stainless Steel Sinks
Another popular choice, stainless steel, does not have comparable antibacterial properties. Germs, including strains of E.Coli can survive on the surface. Also, stainless steel can scratch, which will damage its appearance, as well as make it easier for germs to linger and to rust, which does require harsh, toxic chemical cleaners to maintain. Finally, since stainless steel requires oxygen rich environments to form its protective passive layer on its surface, it does not work as well in aqueous environments (i.e., sinks).
Copper Kitchen Sinks
Copper is ideal in the kitchen because of its inherent antimicrobial properties. Copper kitchen sinks can come in either a drop-in, under mounted, or farmhouse style. Drop-in sinks allow you to just place in the slot in the kitchen designated for your sink. Under mounted allows you to mount them under the counter so that the lip does not show (great for marble countertops). Farmhouse sinks tend to be the biggest, and stick out past the front of your counter, which allows for better accessibility and to show off the front as well and add more character to your kitchen.
Copper bathroom sinks are usually either drop-in or undermounted as well. However, another growing trend in bathrooms are copper vessel sinks. This type sits right on top of the counter, and resembles a bowl laying on the counter. Copper vessel sinks are very unique and artistic, and are great for adding a very archaic and earthy essence to your bathroom.