What are copper countertops?
Copper countertops add a touch of elegance and character to any space. Unlike traditional countertop materials like granite or laminate, copper countertops offer a distinct blend of aesthetic appeal, functionality, and antimicrobial properties.
Copper is a metal known for its warm, reddish-brown hue that develops a natural patina over time. The natural patina forms due to the exposure of copper to air, moisture, and various environmental elements.
What are the advantages?
One of the primary advantages of copper countertops is their durability and longevity. Copper is a robust and malleable metal, capable of withstanding regular wear and tear in busy areas. Properly maintained copper countertops can last for decades, making them a worthy long-term investment.
How are copper countertops made?
How copper countertops are made is widely dependent on the type of countertop and the fabricator. The three key types of copper metal countertops are:
- Cast metal
- Sheet metal
- Cold cast metal
At La Bastille, we specialize in the first type, true cast metal. La Bastille countertops are made using a solid wood core and then a pure metal alloy is applied, or “cast”, to the wood to create an old-world, artful piece. The countertop is then finished to the clients specifications and coated with either a polymer sealant or a lacquer coating.
Care and maintenance
Caring for a copper counters is simple and easy but it does come with a few precautions. As these are organic materials, i.e. living metals, they oxidize and respond to their environment. The finish will change, but how much it will change is completely dependent on its environment, what it comes into contact with and how it is cared for.
Mild soap and water or a basic household cleaner (such as 7th Generation, Simple Green or Ammonia- Free Windex) is all it takes to keep these surfaces clean. A basic daily or after-use wipe down is generally enough to maintain the surface appearance and cleanliness.
Avoid harsh cleans, like bleach, and don’t leave acidic materials on the tops for extended periods of time. When acidic materials (limes, lemons, etc.) are placed on the surface, the patina will lift, temporarily lightening the area. To minimize, wipe away spills with warm water. Long-term trapped moisture will degrade the material so we never recommend using rubber mats.
Visit our FAQ page for a full Care Guide.
Where to order copper countertops?
La Bastille is the industry leader in old-world cast copper countertops. Bastille works on projects worldwide. Each project is handcrafted in Savannah, GA and shipped directly to the job site.
For more information on metal counters for both commercial and residential use, please reach out here.