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Copper Range Hoods

Some
of the most beautiful designs in range hoods are those available in
copper and copper alloys. Copper range hoods are an excellent choice
for kitchens designs with rustic, country, or European themes. Copper
finishes, whether smooth or hammered, complement many other materials
used in kitchens, such as granite, travertine, wrought iron, brushed
nickel, and woods in most finishes.

Copper range hoods are available in a wide variety of finishes.
Shiny, bright, smooth copper is reminiscent of Italian bistros and
country kitchens. Pounded, multi-toned copper finishes can give an
elegant, Old World look. Many kitchen designers suggest that copper and
stainless steel can be married quite effectively in overall kitchen
design. This flexibility in functional design offers the kitchen
remodeler much more latitude in incorporating different metals with
confidence. In other words, choosing the popular stainless steel
finishes for refrigerator, range, and other appliances does not
indicate that the range hood has to be of matching material.

Copper Kitchen Specialists
offers a selection of handcrafted copper range hoods that are at the
high end of range hood prices, but make such artistic statements that
the cost could easily be justified.

The Metal Peddler is another source for standard as well as custom range hoods made of copper.

A benefit to using copper is the antibacterial quality of this metal. In an article about hygienic coatings and surfaces,
published by The Paint Research Association in the UK, information
about food preparation surfaces specifically related to E coli bacteria
indicates the effectiveness of copper. “This bacterium was found
to be nonviable in a few hours when placed on copper surfaces, but
survived for many days on stainless steel. The copper alloys tested
included coppers, brasses, bronzes, copper-nickels, and nickel silvers.
The results confirm that the antibacterial effect is present in all the
tested copper alloys, and increases with the copper content of the
alloy. Furthermore, as expected, this action was faster at the higher
temperature.”

Some of the most beautiful designs in range hoods are those available in copper and copper alloys. They blend well with a wide variety of design styles and can certainly make a statement in any kitchen. Here is some more information.

Costs

The cost of a copper range hood depends on the quality of the materials used, size of the hood itself, and whether or not it is custom-built. You can spend anywhere from $500 to $6,000. Contact a local installer to get a better idea of costs.

Pros

Copper range hoods are an excellent choice for kitchens with rustic, country or European themes.

Whether smooth or hammered, they complement everything—granite, travertine, wrought iron, brushed nickel, and wood.

Copper has natural antibacterial qualities.

Cons

Not all homeowners appreciate how much a copper range hood stands out in their kitchen design.

Durability

Like most other metals, copper is a very durable choice for the kitchen, and a copper range hood will last for years to come.

Maintenance

Keeping a copper range hood looking like new can be a simple task if it is cleaned regularly. Wipe down the inside and the outside of the hood with a soft cloth and dishwashing detergent mixed with warm water, and always avoid abrasive cleaners. To keep the metal from looking tarnished, find a quality copper polish and follow the directions on the label.

Common Questions and Answers

What types of finishes does copper come in?

Copper range hoods are available in a wide variety of finishes. Shiny, bright and smooth copper is reminiscent of Italian bistros and country kitchen

Does a cooper range hood look ok with stainless steel appliances?

Many kitchen designers suggest that copper and stainless steel can be married quite effectively in overall kitchen design. This flexibility in functional design offers the kitchen remodeler muc

History

Known for its natural antibacterial qualities, copper has been used for centuries for a variety of purposes. Egyptians used copper vessels to keep their drinking water fresh, and it’s even been used in medical treatments because of its ability to stop the spread of infection. It now is a popular material choice for kitchens all over the world.

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