Zinc countertops – vintage or modern style in the kitchen?

by Kremy

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The chances that you see zinc countertops in modern homes are not very big, although they have their own and unique charm and for centuries were considered quite a popular choice.

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Zinc surface changes color over time, but it has a great advantage over all other materials – the natural antimicrobial properties. That is why zinc kitchen countertops are ideal for places where food is prepared.

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Due to the fact that the metal is naturally non-porous, zinc countertops are easy to maintain clean by just wiping them with soap and water.

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Zinc kitchen countertops are the perfect choice for a busy kitchen. The anti-bacterial properties of zinc are similar to those of copper.

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Due to the softness, zinc can be carved into beautiful and intricate decorative edges and motifs, which makes the countertops extremely design friendly.

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Zinc loses its color with time due to oxidation.

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On the downside, it is good to know that zinc counters are not heat resistant neither are resistant to scratches.

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Extreme heat could cause the zinc to warp so you cannot place a hot pan on the surface.

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The cost of zinc is a factor as well. It is an expensive material and may be that is one of the reasons why the popularity of zinc counters in home kitchens is not that big.

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Unlike the stainless steel, zinc countertop designs have a metallic look with a warmer appearance and once they get a natural patina they look awesome.

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The rich gray color of zinc counters blends in different design styles – from contemporary and industrial to vintage and rustic.

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Zinc counters look equally well with white kitchen cabinets or with cabinets in natural wood colors.

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