You may have already considered whether you want to go for a single bowl or double sink. (And just so you know, farmhouse copper sinks do come with the option of a single or double bowl too.)
If you want to go for the look of a traditional farmhouse kitchen then a copper farmhouse sink will look fabulous.
Alternatively, for a more contemporary/modern look, choose a drop-in, or, an undermount copper sink.
The difference between these last two is that with a drop-in sink you will see the lip of the sink. It will sit proud of your kitchen countertop.
Drop-in sinks are pretty easy to install yourself. Mainly because you have more leeway when cutting the countertop hole for the sink to sit in. This makes them a great option if you just want to update an existing kitchen.
The edge of the sink will cover small irregularities that may occur when cutting a hole in the countertop. You can see the effect you get with a drop-in sink in our image at the top of this page.
An undermount copper sink sometimes referred to as a self-rimmed sink, on the other hand, sits under your kitchen countertop.
The surface of your countertop will lay over the lip of the sink. As you can see in the image above, the countertop needs to be cut very precisely. So for this reason it’s better to have this type of sink professionally fitted.
What Gauge Sink Should I Buy?
A gauge is a measure of the thickness of a sheet of metal. The lower the number, the thicker the metal. For example, a very high-quality sink may have a gauge of 12. As you can see in the chart above, that translates to a thickness of 0.108 inches.
A gauge of 16 or 18, on the other hand, would mean the copper has a thickness of 0.065″ and 0.049″ respectively. So you get the idea of what the gauge number actually means in real terms.
Why Copper Sinks Vary So Much in Price
Mainly because of the different weights and thicknesses of copper that go into these sinks, prices do vary considerably. Admittedly, some are expensive, but that doesn’t mean you should always go for the most expensive one. You don’t really need a heavy-gauge copper for a small single drop-in or undermount sink, for example.
For a larger sink, particularly a farmhouse one where much of the copper will be on show, you should consider a heavier gauge. The thicker the copper the less likely you are to dent it.
As you’d expect, the lower the gauge, the more costly the sink is likely to be. Additionally, farmhouse sinks have an apron front so more surface area is on show. This will inevitably add to the cost.
You may, however, only want, (or be able to accommodate) a small drop-in or under-mount sink in your kitchen.
The 17″ version of our budget option is well under $200. $200 in comparison with high-end ones that cost north of $1000, is pretty much a bargain-basement price. Especially so considering the increase in value it will likely add to your kitchen – or even possibly your property.
The gauge of copper that you get with a budget option sink is most often in the 16 – 18 gauge range. But given that the surface area is relatively small, with a little care, there’s no reason you should find yourself with a dented sink.
Care and Maintenance of a Copper Sink
It’s important to take into account that copper does naturally change color over time, but remember that is part of its charm!
Unless treated with wax, copper sinks will more often than not darken and look more rustic as they age.
If your sink is untreated and you want to preserve the color at any given stage in the process, you can. Simply apply a wax every 2 to 3 weeks or as needed.
A word of caution though. It’s important to avoid leaving anything acidic in the sink. Grapefruit and tomato, for example, will leave behind a bright shiny stain.
That being said, don’t panic, it’s not the end of the world if this happens. The copper will gradually heal itself over time. So sooner or later it will blend back into a natural-looking mix of coppery tones.
Cleaning a Copper Sink
Frequency is the key. Use a soft cloth (to prevent scratching your sink) and just soap and water, nothing else. Wipe any residue away – and that’s basically it, you are good to go.
If you want to add a protective barrier try Skinkology’s, Copper CareIQ Kit. (Many of their sinks actually include a free kit).
Will My Copper Sink Turn Green?
Simple answer? No.
Your copper sink is very unlikely to turn green. Copper will only turn green when exposed to certain conditions – usually only found outdoors. Extreme temperature changes, salty air, and other harsh weather conditions all play a part.
So, putting all of this together, let’s now take a look at our recommendations for the best copper sinks.