A copper backsplash can contribute to the atmosphere of your kitchen. Brass comes in a variety of warm finishes and tonal variations, and there are many different types of brass to choose from when considering your options.
Copper backsplash comes in varied shapes and sizes. You can use standard square or diamond-shaped pieces, or larger sheets that cover larger areas. A full solid sheet of copper is more expensive, but can be used in one piece to create a seamless look.
Copper backsplash is available in different finishes, from brushed, textured, hammered or embossed with animals, floral patterns and other shapes.
A copper backsplash is very durable. In addition, copper also works as a natural anti-microbial surface, which means it repels and prevents the growth of microorganisms. This is a great property of copper as the wet and damp conditions around the sink are a breeding ground for micro-organisms.
Cost of copper backsplash
A copper backsplash can be quite expensive and starts around $20-25 per square foot. But, it can go higher. Also, installation is usually not included in the price, so always make sure to check that first.
Many factors determine the prices of copper backsplash, such as: the manufacturer who made it, and how pure the metal content is. The complexity of the design – brushed metals are more expensive than fogged metals, and if you want diamond braiding or a riveted effect, you may have to pay even more. The size of the copper sheet needed to cover the area, or how many smaller pieces of copper are needed. The thickness of the metal also affects the price.
Also, to keep costs down, you might want to think about using smaller tiles instead of one solid piece of copper. However, keep in mind that if you choose smaller tiles there will be gaps. Food, bacteria and water get into these gaps and become more difficult to clean.
Copper can also be integrated as accents with those of porcelain or ceramic – this gives the backsplash a more unique look and is definitely more cost-effective.
Copper backsplash buying tips
1. First you will need to know how big the area is to be covered, to make sure you have the correct amount of copper. Include all the square footage of the area to be covered, and leave some room for overlap so that pieces can be cut to fit awkward or odd-shaped areas, such as crevasses where corners and walls meet. , and around electrical outlets.
2. When you are trying to choose the style of brass you want to use for your backsplash, make sure it goes with the current theme in the kitchen or how it will look when it is finished.
3. The warm, blush color of copper adds the illusion of size and depth to a room, and brushed copper is especially elegant in kitchens. For a more unique look, it is possible to buy brass in a variety of different finishes, including rolled brass, etched brass, fogged brass, or riveted and diamond-encrusted brass.
4. A polished and honed copper backsplash gives your kitchen a more contemporary look.
5. For a completely unique look in your kitchen, aged copper adds a rustic appeal to old-fashioned homes.
6. Keep in mind that most appliances come in a variety of metal finishes as well, and a kitchen with a copper backsplash and matching copper appliances can be elegant and breath
7. Copper oxidizes naturally when exposed to moisture and air. It also tarnishes because of this, and takes on a green patina. If you’re the type that fancies that rustic patina look, then this is the thing for you. If not, a varnished copper backsplash is something to consider, as it will be protected from water and air, thus avoiding any discoloration.
8. There are many manufacturers that sell tiles of different materials with the surface covered with a copper finish. However, with solid copper tiles you are assured that they will not flake, chip or rub off when cleaned.
9. When buying copper sheets, you should know that it comes in a large variety of thicknesses. When the material is thin, it is easier to cut and place around the corners. However, when the material is thin, it tends to twist and catch very easily. Also, thin copper sheets will not do as good a job of hiding wall imperfections as thicker sheets do. In general, if the wall surface is smooth, and you need to form a sheet of copper around a corner .020 or .032 thickness will be suitable as a backsplash. If you do not want to shape the material or the wall is not smooth, .040/.050 will be more suitable as a durable and dent resistant copper backsplash.
Installing a copper backsplash
It is advisable to hire a contractor who has experience in installing copper backsplashes.
Adhesive or liquid copper nails are used to attach the copper pieces. This glue is one that is used specifically for metals.
The contractor also needs to use a strong base such as plywood and attach copper pieces on top of that. This prevents deletion as well.
Copper backsplash maintenance
Follow the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions.
Maintenance on a lacquered copper backsplash is fairly simple. Use a soft damp cloth to clean. It is important not to use harsh chemicals as these tend to peel the lacquer. You may also want to have your varnished copper backsplash re-polished after years of use.
Since copper oxidizes over time, you should make it a point to use a copper cleaning cream on it in order to retain the natural, raw color. Unless, you want the oxidized look and that’s what you’re aiming for. (Note: Only pure copper oxidizes, varnished copper does not).
Keep in mind that brass is subject to scratching and is also susceptible to denting.