How do I choose a great copper sink?
Copper is the oldest metal known to mankind. Copper has many uses besides copper sinks and it is used in plumbing, electrical wiring, cookware, etc. It has extraordinary antibacterial properties killing bacteria and germs such as E. Coli in1 to 2 hours as opposed to days or even weeks for stainless steel and porcelain. This innate feature of copper makes it an optimal material for kitchen and bathroom sinks.
All of our products are 100% hand made from recycled copper and reclaimed wood. This tradition of copper crafts and artwork has been handed down from generation to generation by the families of our Mexican artisans since 1538.
There are 3 main types of copper sinks:
o Bathroom sinksThe most important factors when buying a copper sink are:
o Kitchen sinks
o Bar & Prep sinks
o Purity of the CopperPURITY OF THE COPPER - All copper sinks should be made out of pure copper. Artesano Copper Sink uses recycled copper that is 99.76% pure and lead free. Be aware of copper sinks manufactured in China and India due to their tendency to use copper alloys containing lead and low copper purity.
o Copper Thickness (Gauge)
o Manufacturing Process & Overall Quality
COPPER THICKNESS - This is another area were we excel. The thickness of the sinks is important specially when manufacturing Vessel sinks and large pieces such as Kitchen sinks. Copper thickness is measured by a copper gauge number; the lower the gauge the thicker the sink. So a gauge14 sink is thicker than a gauge 18 sink. For our Masters of the Arts Bathroom Collection we offer sinks of gauge 14, these thick pieces are very unique and exclusive in the industry (we also offer gauge 16 and gauge 18 bathroom sinks). Our Kitchen and Bar sinks are made of gauge 16 therefore do not need sound insulation because they are not made from the thinner gauge copper sold by most of our competitors.
As a general rule the standards for copper thickness are: Bathroom sinks should be made at a minimum of gauge 18 (gauge16 better and gauge14 much better) and Kitchen and Bar sinks out of gauge 16. Another factor to consider when selecting the thickness of the sink is the type of installation; for example Vessel sinks should be thicker than Undermount or Drop in sinks.
MANUFACTURING PROCESS & QUALITY OF THE SINK - Our copper sinks are created entirely by hand using the same ancient "martillado" (hammered) technique used centuries ago. Copper is smelted over wood fires in order to form sheets of copper and then literally hammered into shape and hand finished until the desired sink is created. The sink's surface is then treated to accelerate the aging patina, this process is called "patinado" and it is done under heat giving the surface of the copper sink its characteristic color and durability.
The most relevant factors to be considered during the manufacturing process include how the corners are constructed (interior edges and corners have to be smooth and free of burs), the welding technique, the finishing process and the proper dimensions and tolerances for ease of installation. Generally large Kitchen such as Farmhouses will require welded seams, make sure they are TIG welded using copper rod. At Artesano Copper Sinks we use the TIG welding method.
Also keep in mind when considering a smooth surface copper sink (specially a Kitchen sink) that this type of surfaces will show scratches and dents much more than a hammered surface.
The sinks produced in Mexico are hand crafted and truly unique works of art. Each sink is one of a kind.
At Artesano Copper Sinks we only sell first quality products and leave defective products and seconds to other companies selling on auction sites such as eBay.
There are several installation types and every type is easy to install, and so the decision about which type to choose should depend mostly on the style of sink you want in your bathroom, kitchen or bar. We recommend you have the sink installed by a professional, someone who best understands plumbing procedures. A professional installer will be better able to adapt the installation to your particular needs.
The most common SINK INSTALLATION TYPES are:
o Drop in SinksDROP IN SINKS - These style of sinks are dropped in to the cutout in the countertop with the rim (lip) exposed above the counter. The rim is what keeps the sink in position. These sinks typically have rounded rims and are also called Countertop or Top Mount. An example of this type of sink is our Ovalado Rolled Bathroom Sink.
o Under Mount Sinks
o Vessel Sinks
o Self Rimming Sinks
UNDER MOUNT SINKS - A style of sink that is positioned under the cutout of the countertop. The rim of the sink is flat and it is used to adhere the sink to the bottom of the countertop allowing the sink to sit flush underneath the surface of the counter. These type of sinks are also called Under Counter. Examples of these type of sinks are our Gordo Bathroom Sink or our Ovalado Bathroom Sink.
VESSEL SINKS - A style of bathroom sink that is designed to sit on top of the counter and be completely or partially exposed (show only a portion of the sink). When fully exposed the drain is leveled with the counter. These type of sinks are also called Over the Counter. You can see these types of sinks in our Masters of the Arts Bathroom Collection.
SELF-RIMMING SINKS - A style of bathroom sink that is actually a hybrid of the drop in style and the vessel style. This type of sinks can be dropped into a countertop like a drop in sink, but kept partially exposed similar to a vessel sink. Generally these sinks have an apron that sits on top of the counter. Examples of these type of sinks are our Doisneau Bathroom Sink or our Cartier-Bresson Bathroom Sink.
FARMHOUSE KITCHEN SINKS - Also called Apron Front sinks because of the apron panel that sits just in front of the sink and is left exposed for decorative purposes once installed. Depending on the design the rest of the sink is either under mounted or dropped in. Examples of these types of sinks are our Farmhouse Sink or our Farmhouse Curvo Sink.
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