Modernize The Kitchen With Metal Counters

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Many people, including myself, try to think of different ways to update their kitchen, short of completely renovating it or in my case, bulldozing it. Updating your counters is one popular way people change the look of their kitchen. I’ve been thinking about it for a while myself. Here’s a guest article from Yvonne on modernizing by using metal counters. I’d love to know what type of countertops you have, and if you’ve ever changed or thought of changing them.

metal countertop, image courtesy flickr

Kitchens quickly become ordinary. They are the most used rooms in the house and are the center of the home, yet still we never really stop to appreciate the look of it. Sometimes this is just because we have gotten used to the sight of it.

In an attempt to bring the kitchen back to life consider something as simple as a new countertop and sink and new appliances that match. One great way to bring the kitchen together while breathing new life into it is by replacing the countertop with sheet metal fabrication.

Sheet metal fabrication is not just about putting down a piece of metal. Professional fabricators can create either stainless steel countertops or something with a design that caters to your taste. They can be created with copper, zinc, or stainless steel in a wide variety of ways. One thing that you can be sure of though: no one else will have a countertop like yours.

How are sheet metal countertops installed?

The nice thing about sheet metal is that it can be laid right over the top of the existing counter, assuming the surface is flat and able to hold the epoxy glue. Back-splashes will need to be removed to accommodate the metal, especially if the new surface includes the back-splash. An epoxy is laid down on the surface and the metal is pressed over the top with a special roller. It is important to make sure there are no bubbles in the metal because it will cause the metal to warp. It is a good idea to consider hiring a professional when delving into sheet metal fabrication for a project such as this because there are many things that could go wrong.

Once the metal is laid and smoothed out weight of at least 25 pounds must be laid over the surface evenly for at least 24 hours to allow the epoxy to dry with the metal firmly. Without weight the metal pulls away and the surface warps.

What are the benefits of sheet metal countertops?

A sheet metal countertop is much tougher than a laminent, wood, or tile. Metal is more resistant to damage from water, heat and corrosive materials. There is a chance that the metal will scratch or dent, but it will not hinder the usefulness of the surface like other materials. Metal is also more resistant to bacteria, which is good news for anyone who has an aversion to germs.

Metal counters give a kitchen a more modern look. With a brushed steel counter to match appliances it brings unity to the room. Metals are also easy to match with flooring because of their neutral nature so they go well with anything, giving them more versatility when it comes time to replace the kitchen floor.

An added perk of having custom fabricated countertops is that shades for kitchen lights can be made as well to bring more unity and light to the room.

What are the drawbacks of sheet metal countertops?

A smooth, even tone sheet metal countertop can easily leave behind smudges and fingerprints, making it hard to keep the kitchen looking nice. This problem is easily solved by giving the metal a brushed stroke, matte, or etched finish can reduce this risk of visible blemishes left behind by anyone.

Sheet metal can be dented or scratched. This is a large fallback because of the average cost of getting a metal countertop over a laminent, but think of it this way. If the metal is scratched or dented it doesn’t put the surface at risk of bacterial invasion. Laminents that get scratched often leave the material beneath the surface exposed. Mold, mildew and other bacteria can fester and grow in those cracks.

While cost may be a little higher, the advantages of professional sheet metal fabrication countertops may be ideal for a project like this. It will also breathe new life into an ordinary kitchen.

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patricia Marsden July 17, 2013 - 1:09 pm

In my life, kitchens have come from no counters, to formica, to butcherblock, to tiles, to synthetics and real stone. Hubby installed huge granite squares a while back–very cost affective installation, no waste, no exact measurements, no heavy counters to juggle, no custom labor. I go with what I can afford.

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