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 Updated 12 / 2016

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Our specialty may be exterior rain management products, but we have been asked to do some interior work like this as well. This refined interior work is not something we push, as it will not be perfect at close inspection. It will have minor scratches, since we do not have access to polished copper for projects like this, so we cannot guarantee your satisfaction with the copper finish. You are then welcome to have it polished as much as you want by those who specialize in metal polishing work.

The advantage I am told copper is preferred over stainless steel for it's anti-microbial properties. I hear some hospitals have used more copper and cut the staff infection rate quite a bit. It also has a character you cannot find with any other type of surface with it's ever changing appearance as it tarnishes, which does not stain or rubs off on things.

 These are some examples of the custom copper counter top cover work we have done for our clients. Most of these are made with a thick 32oz copper, which is twice as thick as what most other shops would use. This thicker copper is to help be more scratch and dent resistant. It is bonded to the wood base with a polyurethane glue, so it has a good solid feel. Too much heat in a spot could expand the copper and pop the glue loose, but using trivets will solve this issue.

These photos of a bathroom set we had done for a local Client up on Council Crest named Jeff Whitol, whom we had already done some copper gutter work for previously, so this is the finest compliment to ask for us to do more work for them like this.

The main advantage of copper over stainless steel and any other counter surface material is how copper is much more anti-microbial, naturally killing germs on contact. As explained from this link below.

When you need us to build the wood counter top as well we use hardwood plywood for more dent resistance and a better screw attachment than ordinary plywood or cheap particle board commonly used.

The copper is rough sanded underneath to grip better to the expanding polyurethane glue, which bonds the copper to the wood surface for a nice solid feel, or less tinny. The copper is carefully sealed at the corners to be water tight.

We do our best to make these as seamless as possible, by wrapping around the front edge of the counter tops. The edges are sanded smooth, so there are no exposed sharp metal edges. We cannot guarantee to make these flawless, such as any custom hand made products, but we do our best. Some even appreciate the rustic hand made aspect of our work.

These sort of project typically run $60 to $75 sq' for this 32oz custom copper formed, soldered, sanded, glued, and fine sanded. It can be pre-hammered for and extra $20 sq'. If you need us to build the wood foundation it usually runs $15 sq'.

If you are not local to the Portland, OR area then crate and freight charges would apply. We can use a thinner 20oz or 24oz copper, but that would only save you about $5 sq'; given how most of what you're paying for is design, labor, and in some cases freight. Not for the materials used, so using a thinner copper is not very practical in the long run. My aim is not to up-sell you. It is on your long term satisfaction.

Other options:

If you want a more rustic hammered copper look that adds $20 per sq' to these projects.

Bold industrial looking rivets can also be added around the edges for a rustic decorative element for $2 each.

To antique the copper would add another $20 sq' to these costs. I do not recommend having us do this, since we cannot guarantee it will turn out just the way you want, and we are not able to keep redoing this to your satisfaction at this cost. I host links on my Site Map to web site that go into how you can patina the copper to get the look you want. If it does not turn out the way you like it can be polished again to start over with different chemicals. It could be quite a lengthy process to get just the look you're after, or just let it tarnish naturally:
http://copper-by-design.com/links.htm#resources

Keep in mind the only way to keep this new penny look seen here requires a clear lacquer coating, which would ruin the anti-fungal properties of copper, and eventually become scratched up and peal after a while, which would look terrible. It could always be stripped off again and resealed, but that is no simple process. Most Clients just let the raw copper age naturally, or have it polished from time to time.

 

Below is an example of the 2 layers of 3/4" marine grade hardwood plywood top for this vanity we covered with copper to work with this cute drop in sink.

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(a) Gutter Installation
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web pages for answers and solutions that could save you thousands of $ and a great deal of anguish.

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1999 Better Business Award

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