Metal kitchen countertops are available in a limited choice of metals including: stainless steel, copper, zinc, pewter, brass, and bronze. To manufacture a metal countertop, a thin piece of metal is formed and fastened over a slab of wood. Metal kitchen countertops are nonporous, sanitary, and tolerant to high heat. Also, metal countertops are prone to denting and scratching.
While traditionally seen in commercial/professional kitchens, stainless steel is now making its way into more and more home kitchens. Stainless steel countertops give kitchens a sleek, modern look.
Although it is possible to scratch the surface, stainless steel countertops are virtually indestructible. The only thing to watch out for is bleach and chloride, because they can damage stainless steel. Stainless steel countertops are durable, sanitary, and very easy to clean. The material will not stain, rust, or corrode. Stainless steel is also impervious to water and high heat. And, unlike other metals, stainless steel will not develop a patina over time.
The downside of stainless steel countertops is that they are very expensive. They also only come in one color, but there are multiple different finishes available for different looks. Stainless steel also needs to be polished regularly.
Copper and zinc – along with bronze, brass and pewter – can all be made into distinctive, nonporous, sanitary kitchen countertops. Unlike stainless steel, all of these metals will develop a patina. This is a green, blue, gray, brown, or black film on the metal’s surface. It is produced by oxidation over a long period of time. These metals are softer than stainless steel. This means you are more likely to scratched and dent these metals.
If you’re looking to replace your kitchen countertops — or remodel your entire kitchen — contact us today for a free estimate. Shakespeare Home Improvement Co. is Lancaster PA’s premier kitchen remodeling company. We work along with Starmark Cabinetry and local countertop companies to help you create the kitchen of your dreams.
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