One dependable way to get real copper products is to order from a company that is well known. However, if one is in the market for a copper range hood or sink it's important to verify its real so that they can properly appraise it and make an informed purchase.
Whether a copper range hood, sink, slab, cookware or other copper item here are some tips to recognizing if it's real copper or not.
Real copper will have a reddish brown appearance, and brass or mixed metals will take on a yellow color. A visual inspection is one way to tell if an item might be brass. A great idea is to compare it with a penny, as the color of a copper penny will closely match.
Look for the Codes
Brass is usually marked with a special code, and it will start with a C and have three numbers after it. Look for this special code as an indicator that the item in question is definitely not Copper. Even when one thinks they have a copper range hood it's important to note that manufacturers can disguise brass as copper.
Test and inconspicuous area of the copper range hood or item by gently filing it with a metal file. If it remains a copper finish then it's whole copper, if it starts to appear white then it's fake. Usually in this case it is pot metal with copper coating.
The Magnet Trick
Try and stick a magnet to the copper range hood. If it sticks, it's likely steel masquerading as copper. If it falls there is a chance the item is truly copper.
Seek Professional Advice
If all else fails and it hasn't been determined whether the item is real copper or not, take it to a professional. They can easily tell the difference between various metals. A home design expert or someone who works with metals is the best bet in this case.
The Copper Trend
There is a huge trend in copper for 2016, and it's being displayed in all areas of the home from the kitchen to bathrooms and everything in between. Here are some of the more popular items to add to a home:
- Range hoods – Make this the centerpiece of any kitchen for that “wow” factor.
- Sinks – Whether above the counter or below, copper sinks look beautiful in kitchens and bathrooms.
- Faucets – Add a rustic element to any type décor with a copper faucet.
- Backsplashes – Copper backsplashes are extremely popular in modern homes.
- Vases and decorative items – Touches of copper can be added in vases, frames, soap dishes and more.
- Shelves – Copper shelves work in any room of the house.
- Coat racks – A classic copper coat rack by the door is perfect for guests and organization.
- Cookware – Copper in cookware helps disperse heat evenly for great dishes.
Copper is especially popular in kitchens as it naturally deters bacteria. It also has a unique finish that can change over time or be shined back to its original luster. Any modern homeowner owes it to themselves to consider adding copper to their décor. It works well in any style from contemporary, to cozy cabin, beachside escapes and classic style homes.
There really are no rules for how to add copper, and all of these options are equally popular. There are plenty of dealers online as well as specialist stores worldwide where copper products can be found.