When compared to standard sink types, copper apron sinks have their pros and cons. Reading through the pros and cons of copper farmhouse sinks can help you make the right decision on whether to buy the sink or not. Contact CopperSmith if you have any further questions about copper installation and products.
Pros of Copper Farmhouse Sinks
- Attractive. The color and appearance of copper sinks, like this copper apron front sink, make them more attractive than both porcelain and steel. This elegance can boost the appearance of the kitchen they are fitted in making the room warmer and more relaxing. This effect is especially heightened if the sink is fitted in a kitchen that already has a traditional feel. But it can also work for modern kitchens if the right copper type is chosen.
- Easy to maintain. It may seem as if copper farmhouse sinks are a lot of work to maintain but the truth is that they are not. All you need to do is learn about copper and enjoy its natural finish. Proper maintenance involves cleaning with soap and water. We recommend a living finish copper sink basin, which means that slight variations of yoru sink bowl are normal. If your looking to buy a bright polished copper sink and have it stay that way – a copper sink may not be the right product for you.
- A great advantage of copper is its antibacterial nature. Naturally, copper kills most bacteria on its surface. That ensures that your sink remains sanitary and free of any harmful bacteria. It is, however, important to note that this antibacterial nature can be greatly weakened by applying a sealant so make your choice wisely.
- Low risk of staining. Being in the kitchen, it is natural to worry about your sink staining and to develop a bad appearance. Copper, however, shows a high tolerance for staining. But please note that continued contact with acidic substances can lower this tolerance and hence put the sink at greater risk of staining.
- Bigger workspace. Farmer’s sinks are naturally big, and a copper one is no different. For instance, the big size of this double farmhouse sink provides the homeowner with more than enough space to carry out various tasks. The size comes in handy mostly for large households that have to deal with a lot of utensils. The depth of the sink also allows you to do things like wash clothes.
- Comfort. As compared to standard sinks, apron sinks tend to jut out from the kitchen counter or cabinet. That means that the user can rest his or her hands on the protruding part especially when carrying out long tasks. Additionally, the user does not have to bend over as much thus reducing any back strain while working.
- Durability. One problem with modern sinks is their tendency to last for short periods of time. Porcelain breaks easily while steel cannot endure rough tasks due to dents. Copper, on the other hand, is very durable and lasts for very long. That is why even today, you will find antique apron sinks that go back half a century or even a whole century. Even more advantageous is that as they age, they develop an attractive patina that can increase their value and that of the house.
- Increased home value. One thing that keeps most people from buying copper apron sinks is the relatively high cost. But it is worth it considering that simply installing a copper apron sink during a kitchen remodeling can increase your home value.
- Availability of styles. The various styles you can choose from have been mentioned above. That means that people with different styles and tastes can choose what they want from the wide range available. A sink made from porcelain, on the other hand, can only vary in shape but not in things like finishing making it very limited in style.
- Customizable – Since many copper sinks are made by hand – you’ll notice many companies offer custom sizes and designs. This is helpful when you’re trying to design something perfect!
Apron sinks made from copper have become loved due to their aesthetics, durability, and functionality. These are the main reasons why they have made a huge comeback even though they belong to an earlier period.
Cons of Copper Farmhouse Sinks:
As good as they are, farmhouse copper sinks also have their downsides.
- Although informed copper sink buyers wouldn’t consider tarnish or patina a con, if that’s not what your going for it can certainly be just that. Copper reacts with substances, and this can cause patina, which is actually a protective layering to the copper. That is why the material darkens over time. Even though some people consider the development of the patina to be, a good thing others don’t like it. You can prevent the patina by applying a wax periodically, or using a scotch bright pad on occasion to lighten the sink up.
- Higher gauge (thinner) sinks are susceptible to warping and denting thus requiring frequent repairs and replacement which can be quite expensive. So if you want something that will last longer and will be cheaper to maintain it is better to go for lower gauge sinks. Aim for 14 gauge when shopping for a copper sink.
- High purchase costs. Compared to other materials, apron copper sinks are quite expensive to buy. That can be limiting to people with small budgets. It may be tempting to buy cheaper sink models, but this puts you in danger of acquiring low-quality sinks that can easily get damaged and won’t last very long.
- They take up more space. One thing to note about these sinks, in general, is that they tend to take up a lot of space in the kitchen. They are therefore not ideal if your kitchen is small and you are limited in space.
- Difficulty in installation. One of the biggest complaints that farmhouse sink owners have is the difficulty in installation. It is hazardous to do it on your own, and you need a very skilled installer. Furthermore, the installation can be expensive compared to installing other standard sinks.
- Uneven finishing. Just before a copper sink attains a uniform and even patina, it goes through a stage where the color becomes unbalanced. That makes the sink unattractive even of it is for a small period. Unless you have applied a finish and sealant, all you can do is wait for the full patina to develop. Our solution to this has been to go with a living finish on the sink basin, with a sealed finish on the front apron – if you are looking for a consistent patina for design ascetics.
When considering these pros and cons, it is easy to see that getting a copper farmer’s sink is worth the cost and the effort and will add a lot of value, financial and otherwise, to your home. You have to go the full length to ensure that you buy the right sink and most importantly, get the right expert to install it. Furthermore, make an effort to maintain it properly. That will ensure that it lasts for a long time while still in good condition. With good care, the sink can serve you well for years and even decades. We hope reading our list about the pros and cons of copper farmhouse sinks have cleared up any of your concerns.