We’ve all seen the sleek lines and industrial feel of stainless steel countertops. But did you know that metal countertops come in a variety of other metals as well? Pewter, copper, zinc and bronze are all metals that can be used for kitchen countertops. While stainless steel shines with the look of modernism, classic, traditional and period pieces are all crafted from alternate metals, creating a wide array of finishes available for kitchen countertops.
Metal countertops are the top of the line when it comes to countertop spaces. They are easy to maintain and keep clean, they are non-porous and they don’t require any sealants to keep their luster.
On the contrary, metal countertops are easily scratched. The inevitable scratch is simply a matter of when it will happen, not if it will. But to some, that adds character. Certain metals like zinc and copper form a colored patina as the metal ages through oxidation. You can keep them clean with constant polishing, but if you’re a neat freak, you might want to consider an easier to manage metal like stainless steel.
If you’re looking to refinish you existing countertops, but keep the cabinets, get a few samples from suppler so you can compare and contrast. Metal countertops can have the ability to blend in or deeply contrast with other cabinet colors and styles, leaving very little room in between for compromise. You’ll either like it or you won’t.
Metal countertop installation prices range from $25 a square foot installed and up, putting it at about the same price as granite countertops. Higher end metal countertops often have integrated sinks built from the same piece of metal, but often cost nearly double the typical installation.
Copper is a very special metal. Its ability to help fight off bacteria makes it the perfect addition to any kitchen countertop. Research has show how E. coli left on a stainless steel countertop lasted for 34 days while the copper countertop killed the bacteria in less than four hours.
All in all, metal countertops can provide the perfect antiqued look for your country kitchen or a shiny new modern feel. The higher end look of metal also increases the value of your home and makes it more sellable in the future.